I was recently invited to go strawberry picking with one of my teachers and her family. WHOLESOME.
There are many places to go strawberry picking all over Japan, with many in my area growing the local “akihime” variety local to Shizuoka – known for their large grain and slight tartness.
We went to Shimano Nouen, which for around ¥1400-¥1800 (depending on the time of year) you can pick and eat as many strawberries as you’d like. It’s also common in Japan to dip your strawberries in condensed milk so it comes with that too.
(In the UK have our strawberries with whipped or pouring cream – especially in the summertime so it was somewhat nostalgic for me!)
You can also take your photo outside with their mascot, Masaharu the Ichigorilla. A combination of two of my favourite things: a photo op and a pun. (“Ichigo” is Japanese for strawberry!)
Such a cute day. Me and ******-sensei sadly won’t be teaching together in the coming school year, so I’m very grateful for the opportunity to make lovely memories.
Last week we asked the third graders to think of a topic to have a three minute conversation with me in front of the rest of the class with my JTE grading them. We suggested to keep it simple: hobbies, food, music, travel etc.
First student: ME: Hello ____________, what is your topic? STUDENT: Coronavirus.
Other topics included: Star Wars, Baby Yoda, Japanese Youtubers, Shimazu Yoshihisa (an ancient Japanese warlord), Minecraft, Donald Trump, BTS, Super Smash Bros, Netflix and Avicii’s suicide.
And anyways the entire class fell about laughing when one guy was trying to tell me he wants to be a baker but pronounced it “baka.”
I was out with two of my Japanese gal pals at the weekend, and they casually referred to someone as a “soy sauce face.”
I assumed they’d had too much sake, or some poor guy had had an unfortunate condiment encounter.
But it’s actually one of MANY terms Japanese people (mostly girls it seems?) use to describe male faces.
The last one (Olive Oil Face) is a special reference to the handsome actor and TV personality Mokomichi Hayami who has how own cooking show “Moko’s Kitchen” and Youtube channel “M’s Table“ where he uses an exorbitant amount of olive oil in his recipes: