How are you? It's been warm and humid here lately. How about Japan? Is
Summer is one of the main times ALTs (Assistant Language Teacher) go over
to Japan to teach English in Japanese public schools, and this year is no
different. As Chair of JETAA (Japan Exchange and Teaching Programme Alumni
Association) in the North West, it is my job to contact new ALTs in this
region and help them before they leave the UK.
On Saturday night I gathered a handful (about 5) alumni and a handful of
new ALTs and we had a Japanese meal together in Liverpool. We ate various
dishes, drank Japanese beer and sake, and talked and talked about life in
Japan. You can see a picture of us at the top of this article.
After the meal, we went to a couple of bars and, coincidentally, we bumped
into (met by chance) two Japanese women who live in Liverpool now. One of
these women is from Sapporo, and one of our new ALTs is going to be working
in Sapporo so it was an unbelievable coincidence! We exchanged contact
details with these women so I hope I will have more chances to talk to
them. It always makes me happy to meet Japanese people in Liverpool.
At the end of the night, I gave everyone in our group a small souvenir of
senbei, mochi, and Japanese candy to say thank you for attending. I picked
up this custom in Japan and I think it is so important to be grateful to
other people. Thank you Japan for teaching me this.
I think all of the new ALTs had a great time and feel very excited to be
going to Japan. I was glad to be able to do something fun for them and I
will continue to support them until they fly to Japan at the end of July.
I wish I could hide in their suitcase and go with them...!
On a sad note, there was another terrorist attack in England at the
weekend. This time it was in London. A prayer goes out to all those
Please take care of yourselves. I hope you are well and I will look
forward to seeing you next time. Best wishes, from Corrina. ☺️