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07:53 am: The Long, Long Picture Book
I scanned the pages from the round-robin story that I'm doing with several of my students.

The Long Long Picture Book

I wrote my next page and handed it back to them, so the next installment will probably come back to me in January.

In other news, I told my students yesterday that I'll be leaving on Monday to visit my family for the holidays. Their response? "We look forward to your souvenirs!"

Today I only have two classes, one of which is a solo lesson because my team teacher is going along on a college visitation, though at least she told me well in advance. I had another Surprise Solo Lesson yesterday, which wasn't too bad because it was mostly listening practice. The students were totally flabbergasted that "don't you" can turn into "don'tcha" when said fast. They were even more astounded when I told them "See you" can be written "C'ya" in casual messages. They were like, "Hey! That's not fair! How is anyone supposed to understand that?!"

...They have NO idea how many incomprehensible contractions there are in their own language.

I say this every year, but winter in Japan sucks a person's will to do anything. The lack of central heating means that every single class begins with the students moaning about the cold and clustering around the kerosene stove. They're constantly being lectured by teachers for wearing gym pants under their skirts (in violation of the dress code), but I don't blame them in the slightest. Japan needs to be slapped upside the head when it comes to forcing girls to wear skirts to school in the middle of winter.

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From:scrummycat
Date:December 14th, 2005 02:59 pm (UTC)
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How cold does it get there? That is interesting that there is no central heating.
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From:spacealien_vamp
Date:December 15th, 2005 12:22 am (UTC)
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How cold does it get there?

Right now it's in the 30's. It doesn't get too much colder than that in my area...I think it dips down into the upper 20's in January and February.

That is interesting that there is no central heating.

Interesting...is one way to put it. Get ready for the next one: There's no insulation either. (Newly built houses sometimes get insulation, but it's pretty rare.) There are also no storm windows.

The standard methods of heating houses in Japan (south of Hokkaido, where the houses were designed by Westerners) are 1) kerosene stoves, 2) space heaters/wall heating units, and 3) heated floors/carpets. Each method can effectively heat only one or two rooms at a time.

Japanese people don't leave heaters on at night.

Another popular method of keeping warm is to use a kotatsu, which is a table with heat bulbs attached to the underside. The top of the table is removable, so that a heavy blanket can be sandwiched between the top and the legs. Families sit around the kotatsu with their legs under the blanket. So...their legs are warm, at least. The rest of the body, not so much.

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From:nitasee
Date:December 14th, 2005 03:24 pm (UTC)
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I can't believe that there's no central heating! Wow, just wow. And they don't let girls wear pants to school? Seriously? That's just amazing. Even in my up-tight 60's era grade school they relented and allowed girls to wear pants when the temperature went into the 40's or below. Of course, by the time I got into jr high, they gave up all pretense and let girl wear pants or jeans whenever.
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From:spacealien_vamp
Date:December 15th, 2005 12:26 am (UTC)
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And they don't let girls wear pants to school? Seriously?

Nope. To my knowledge, all Japanese high schools that have uniforms (which is practically all of them) require girls to wear skirts as part of the uniform. They can wear gym pants during gym class or athletic club activities, but that's it.
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From:sara_tanaquil
Date:December 14th, 2005 03:43 pm (UTC)
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I suppose wool tights are against the dress code? When I lived in England, I found long skirts and tights warmer than pants, but they probably make them wear the little short skirts and knee highs. >.<

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From:spacealien_vamp
Date:December 15th, 2005 12:30 am (UTC)
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I suppose wool tights are against the dress code?

I think so. I've seen some girls wearing regular hose, but not wool tights.

I'm pretty sure the popularity of the "loose socks" style a couple years ago owed quite a bit to the fact that the socks kept the girls' legs warm. Some girls still wear them.

The girls at my school are lucky in that the uniform skirt comes down to their knees and is made of a heavy fabric (to keep it from being flipped up by wind). This is longer than the skirts of most other schools--my school prides itself on its strictness.
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From:bentleywg
Date:December 14th, 2005 04:49 pm (UTC)
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because he has studied only to become an engineer

LOL!
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From:mangaroo
Date:December 14th, 2005 05:33 pm (UTC)
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"Hey! That's not fair! How is anyone supposed to understand that?!"

Oh, sh'up. You guys understand JAPANESE. You contract without punctuation! The subjects of your sentences are part of some vast cultural psychic conspiracy! I'M YELLING AT spacealien_vamp's LJ!

Sorry about that.
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From:wednesday_10_00
Date:December 15th, 2005 04:20 am (UTC)
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The Long Long Picutre book is BRILLIANT. I just love when Papy is trying to win Cammy's boyfriends.
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From:spacealien_vamp
Date:December 15th, 2005 02:35 pm (UTC)
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I think you've just turned it into a completely different story...
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From:wednesday_10_00
Date:December 16th, 2005 03:59 am (UTC)
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So you didn't see that? I must say I'm disappointed in you. However, I will generously refrain from removing your Slasher License on the grounds that you should probably not think about such things when in Teacher Mode.
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