Okay, this is going to be a really quick update, but I’ve been thinking about some things lately, and I wanted to share them!

First of all, it is officially summer vacation….for the students. I, on the other hand, have to go to the Board of Education everyday unless I want to use my 年休 (nenkyu=paid leave). Which brings me to number 2:

MY BROTHER IS COMING TO VISIT ME! OMG! I can’t contain my excitement. I’m flying to Tokyo to meet him, then we’re stopping over in Osaka/Kyoto and Fukuoka before coming here for some country fun. I did have to take vacation time, because I don’t get an actual summer vacation like American teachers do, but it’s so worth it. I’ve been here almost a year now, and I’ve really started to miss my friends and family back home. It’s going to be really nice to see my baby bro after so long away.

That is if I don’t die first. Japan is hot, man. It’s a lot better now that I’m in an office with actual air conditioning, but before school let out I was sweating my butt off everyday. I have almost no appetite, and at the start of summer I took a 2 hour nap every day after work. We aren’t friends heat exhaustion. But at least I’m (probably) getting thinner!

Lastly, I will soon be procuring my official Japanese driver’s license. You may think it’ll be easy since I’ve been driving for 7 years with a clean record, but you’d be wrong. Foreigners in Japan have to go through this long, ridiculous process that involves translating your current license, practicing a very specific course for the driving test, being interviewed about god know’s what, and taking both written and practical driving tests. I know maybe 2 people who passed on the first try. It’s scary. My friend, Anya, who is unfortunately leaving me for America very soon, wrote about her experience. Check it out to see how crazy this truly is.

I lied, that wasn’t the last one. This is the last one: this is JET contracting season, so new people are coming and lots of people are leaving me. Okay, two people, but I don’t actually know that many ALTs so that’s a lot for me. One is returning home, and the other is moving to the city! The later is actually pretty sweet because I can still see her and eat good food and go shopping and stuff.

That’s about it for now! I’ve got some videos of random stuff in the editing process, and I’ll definitely let you know how my brother’s trip goes! See you soon!