Around the time of graduation, the faculty picture shows up on my desk. These generally serve as a reminder to how different I am from the average Japanese employee, though I think I get a bit more ambitious each year. Nice as my cowrkers may be, they never wear emotion on their faces or do anything remotely interesting in these photos, so I just try to offset that. This year, in addition to sporting a stylish bow tie I also decided to wear only athletic pants for my bottoms, knowing full well that it wouldn’t be visible in the final piece. They scoffed just a bit at that, but I’d say things turned out fine.
Like a Boss
I’ve mentioned before the way that teachers here are moved around to different schools every couple of years. Because mine are rather small, they can often serve as a sort of training opportunity for people to come and get the feel for things before moving on to a more challenging role. Factoring in the switch that took place just recently, there is only a single member of the teaching staff left from when I first arrived here. Not that this grants me the power of ego, but it does leave me with a bit of freedom because anything I do will be pereceived as something I’ve been doing. I’m crossing my fingers for a young, interesting, and perhaps male teacher to come to the school this next year. At least someone with a bit of personality to help me fight miasma of those here currently.