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05:27 pm: When the wind's a'blowin'
Typhoon #14 hits tonight. The wind has been blustering since the wee hours of morning. All of the students wanted to go home early today for fear that trains might be cancelled, leaving them stranded. It didn't get too bad during school hours, though it will start to pick up now that evening has come. Tonight and early tomorrow morning should be the worst of it in my area.

Our exchange student in Michigan sent an email. Reportedly, she was shocked by the clothes the American students wore. She also expressed amazement that, They only bring ONE pencil or pen to class. Are they REALLY studying?! (Japanese students all bring an entire bag or case full of pens, pencils, erasers, markers, and highlighters to every class. The studious ones dutifully take notes in one color, write corrections in another color, and highlight important points. ....The not-so-studious ones use their pens and markers to doodle in their purikura notebooks.)

She's thrilled that there are BOYS in the school. <g> She said everyone is very outgoing and friendly.

My class with the school festival photos went okay...depending on how you look at it. It took me about ten minutes at the beginning of class to get the photos loaded onto all the computers. (I had to figure out that they were only loading on the computers that had been booted up first, so the tardy students all had empty folders.) The next problem was that most of the students were completely unfamiliar with how to use Word, and those that knew how to use the typing part didn't know how to insert pictures. So they spent most of the class time fiddling around with inserting, resizing, rotating, and moving around a single picture...then were surprised when they only had ten minutes left to actually write something.

Oh, well, it was good experience for them. Several of them wrote impressive descriptions of the school festival. They all seemed enthusiastic about seeing the festival pictures, especially the ones of their own class, so that kept them interested in the activity.



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Date:September 6th, 2005 06:20 am (UTC)
Yeah, I'm kinda shocked at some of the clothes the American studentw wear.... :-P So far Furuba9 (10 1/2) eschews the more "mature" fashions, staying fashionable yet modest...hope it continues! I don't want to have "belly wars" LOL. (And she has a pencil pouch with all kinds of pens, pencils, highlighters, etc - she loves that stuff.)

Good luck with the whole typhoon thing... *yikes*! Do they have weather channel there?? I always have to check the radar all the time during storms..."where is it now?" hehe
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Date:September 6th, 2005 03:01 pm (UTC)
Do they have weather channel there??

Japan doesn't have cable. There are six nationwide networks, two of which are NHK (public television). (Every household in possession of a television has to pay about $10/month to support NHK.) There are a few local stations, but aside from TV Tokyo (which is mirrored with TV Osaka), most of the local stations don't play anything interesting...just reruns and home shopping, for the most part.

It is possible to get satellite, but although I had a few satellite stations when I lived in Niigata, I haven't bothered with that this time around.

I generally just check the internet for my weather news.
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Date:September 6th, 2005 07:21 pm (UTC)


I thought I posted a comment yesterday, but it doesn't seem to be here. I wonder where it went?

I'm so glad that people are outgoing and friendly at the school in Michigan.

The class with the school festival photos sounds marvelous. The computer literacy is every bit as important as the English literacy in today's world. I'm glad you were able to merge the two. Way to go! What a great idea!

Please keep us posted on the progress of the storm. Our news is not that explicit. I heard it was headed for the part of Japan where you are, so I'm anxious to hear how you are.
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