Tuesday, November 14, 2006

C'est la vie.

A brief note on coming and going:

Things within the company here change quickly. This can be a good thing, but it also has its drawbacks. Two of my favourite coworkers will leave Japan this week. It's a shame because just when you're starting to make friends here, it seems like they get shipped off to new shores. The Japanese staff changes even faster than the teaching staff. On one hand, it means that if you're not happy with how things are, don't fret...they'll change soon. But it also means it's hard to get to know people... Just when you're getting comfortable with them, somebody has to move on.

One student told me that I'm getting to be a better teacher. The lessons definitely feel more fluid now. Because the students can book into lessons at their own leisure, the students also change from day to day. Some people you see more than others. It's also a constantly fluctuating dynamic. On the one hand, you get to meet a variety of people. But the drawback is that you really don't see the same students so often, so it's hard to build up a good sense of trust between each other.

To end on a positive note: Japanese style going away parties are fantastic! All you can drink and all you can eat. Mmmmmm. Lots of beer and sake, and a brilliant variety of food. My favourite is takoyaki (baked octopus balls).

Anyway, that's what's going on here. More monkeys to come soon.

-ian

4 comments:

Janet said...

Change is inevitable. On the up side, you are getting to meet a lot of people.It just takes so long to go from being a casual aquaintance to a friend. And then to lose them so soon, there is a kind of grieving. I was suddenly thinking of a line from the Little Prince and decided to see if I could find it. Coincidentally, I opened the book to the exact page:
"One only sees well with the heart. The essential is invisible to the eyes." I am not sure how this relates or if it does but will post it anyway.

Arlene said...

So sad as your mommy says. But hey, we have to get used to 'them there things there'. Life, and all that, you know. That way, we learn to live in and enjoy the moment.

It would be a drag not having the same students all the time...don't think I'd like that at all. But, again, if you make a fool of yourself, teach a bad lesson, give the wrong info...like, the past participle of the verb 'buy' is 'boughten'...as in, 'My friend gave me a new sweater for my birthday, but I had already boughten the same one the week before'..then chances are you don't have to worry about seeing that student again. Hey, you could teach them anything!!! Could be fun!

On the other hand, the parties. Yes,the Japanese love a good party and LOTS of alcohol!! I must admit that I love octopus....but haven't tasted the uh..the uh...'parts' you mentioned. Sounds..uh..uh..
(having a hard time finding my words today)....yummy???

your friends in Japan said...

Mom - It's true, as soon as you start to get comfortable with people, it's somebody's time to move on. But it is nice to get to meet so many different people. It forces us to learn to make friends quickly, and just jump in and enjoy the company you have while it's there. As with life, no one will be around for long.

Arlene - Definitely my favourite aspect of having my good friends leave: Japanese parties are fantastic!!! Dish after dish of delicious Japanese cuisine, and all washed down with beer and sake. I can't complain!
Also, Octopus balls are battered balls filled with tentacles. Much like a chicken ball is battered chicken meet. Anyway, aren't you proud that I eat everything they put in front of me???

-ian

Arlene said...

J.P. and I were talking about just that last night. Remembering E-Un at our table, taking miniscule mini-bites (is that redundant Jan?)of whatever happened to be the fare that day/night. So afraid of any new food! But, you are all 'growed' up now. I'm soooo proud of you! A man of the world!!!