Today’s Teachers’ Seminar went off pretty well. We tried a rather different approach from previous years. This was a little risky since it has been considered successful by many participants in the past. We took the change in direction to provide more practical knowledge and to focus on relationship improvements between Japanese teachers and the foreign assistant teachers; the latter being a directive from management. Initial reaction seems positive, but I hope we get a lot of feedback to evaluate things more accurately.
Tomorrow we should be recording some dialogs for a seminar on Sunday. Several junior high and high school students are heading for Australia for a ten day study program. We are supposed to give them some confidence and some communication tools to survive the trip. Unfortunately, we burned a lot of prep time fussing with a 24 inch printer that is more than temperamental.
Also, I will be taking Friday and Saturday off to spend time with someone special. She rarely gets two days off together, so I have to take the time with her when I can get it. After lunch on Friday, her father will be trying to teach me how to play shakuhachi (尺八), a traditional musical instrument similar to a recorder and made from bamboo.
The next big event is in late August, so hopefully I will be able to use some of my vacation between now and then. My only concrete plan is to head into the mountains for some cooler weather and nice hot springs.
Some of my vacation will be spent getting the house in order, studying for the upcoming tests, and getting a little more exercise.