I was able pick up a job teaching English on the side. This is generally on Saturdays, but sometimes during the week. It pays really well and requires no preparation on my part. I usually just talk about something and then test them for retention. Or i’ll help them with pronunciation, again, nothing difficult. Any money that I take in from this I just put right into my travel fund, which pays for things like visas and my final trip when this Japan stint is over.
This lady also serves as a great connection to see and experience Japanese culture. She invited me to her Buddhist church which was really interesting, just to see the ceremony of it. I also have a contact for Calligraphy lessons and Taiko Drum lessons, both of which I will be taking advantage of. Another great opportunity are the dinner dates she sets up. She likes to take me out to dinner quite often with her friends. She treats and it is always delicious. I think she is happy to do this because it serves as a language and cultural exchange for her and her friends. So the cost of my meal is worth the opportunity to get better at English and just enjoy good company and conversation. I of course feel the same way, but she still pays.
Me and Makita Sensei. Notice the purple streak in her hair.
Sashimi is so good. Basically sushi, but only the raw part.