The month of October has been filled with teaching the students the basics of Halloween. It started with basics like important vocabulary (bat, skeleton, Jack-O-Lantern, etc.) and moved up to the dialog necessary to receive candy. This is very important I think… Then last we all made masks for the parties at the schools.
The parties at the schools were nothing much more involved than the students donning their masks and wandering the halls on a short circuit to a few places. They had to recite a few words, say what they were when questioned, and receive some candy. I would have called it nothing that great, but the kids absolutely love it. I guess I forget what it can be like to be a kid with free candy coming my way, especially at the cost of no learning for a while. This was all none too hard. It was a great month for me because it required very little planning, and it was just nice to kick back, relax, and revel in the students’ joy.
At the end of one of the parties, I was asked to plan a game. My genius brought to me Zombie Apocalypse. I created it on the fly and it was a major hit with the kids. Basically tag, but when tagged rather then being the new ‘it’ (or ‘demon’ as they say in the Japanese Version’) you joined the hoard till someone was the last standing. They got a special prize of…. um….uh…. MORE CANDY! (”yayyy!”)
Now, as for the real party…
Every year, there is a massive event for Halloween that is well attended by all in the area. Largely, the other JETs, those teaching through other programs, our friends and people from the universities. It was about 100-150 people total and proved to be a great time. The night started at my friends apartment were we fending off the high cost of the bar and getting ready with our costumes. I was Uncle Sam, doing my best to represent America well. I felt good about the costume for sure, though riding in on the train managed to garner a few strange looks… Here is a picture of a costume contest. I don’t have any idea who actually won this, just that we were all herded on stage for it. I was a good sport. Although, with everyone on the stage, I was bumped into an amp, which allegedly broke. Hopefully nothing bad comes of that. I was there with the people a spend a good chunk of my time with. On the left in the picture below is Thomas, from Toronto. He was Loofie from an anime called One Piece. Then in the middle man was my British friend Ryan. He may have had a cop out costume by going as Bond, but he did at least get himself a bow tie and a gun… Then of course me, wrong camera style. I spent my time doing some dancing, which I assure you was of the highest caliber. There were several Justin dance solos too, as we were all just messing around and having a fantastic time. I’ve noticed that since coming here, I do a lot more of what I feel like doing and I don’t have too much along the lines of embarrassment. I just feel that I have a place here, and am thus no so fixated on earning one.
There was one girl that I was dancing with for a while who was heading home at the end of the night. After talking, she was lived in Mure, which is the same place where all of my friends were going to be crashing. Wow, what luck. I hadn’t made plans for what to do and I wasn’t feeling an all nighter, so I went with her. My friends weren’t planning on me per se, but they didn’t know what I was going to be doing. When I disappeared, they decided to leave. In that time, we hopped in her car, but did the service where someone else drives your car, given that the legal blood alcohol percentage is 0.00%. Having even a drink with dinner and driving home is a major no no here. She refused to let me pay which was nice, so I got a 20 dollar ride home for free!
I was dropped me off at my friend’s apartment, and interestingly enough I beat them there. I wasn’t in a waiting mood, and I was really tired, so I did was any sensible person would do late in the night, and that’s sleep! My friends came back to the scene below, and thought it was the best thing ever. Described as something along the lines of a dead clown under a streetlight, they were just left wondering how I had gotten 25 minutes from the club, ahead of them.
Overall it was a fantastic night and I hope for any opportunities in the future to enjoy these finer sides of life