Simple Black Blog

Here is a really nice blog, written by a new friend of mine I met in Kashiwa. Whilst I like going to see the temples and shrines, she actually gets involved in all the ceremonies, not to mention martial arts. It’s called Basic Black and you can see it here- It is interesting to read the blogs of other ‘foreigners’ here (foreigner being a pretty strange word, seeing as we are all residents of the same planet after all), seeing what they get out of their life here and how they respond to living in what is for all of us a very different culture to that in our home countries. This is one reason why I recommend to my students, past present (and future!) to take a look at these very pages. There is a lot we don’t find the time to talk about and the nature of English teaching can be restrictive, if only because of the students’ levels. Of course, we are not here only to teach English, but also to experience the wonderful cultures of Japan. The fact that these cultures- and there are many of them- can speak deeply to us, too, shows that underneath all the layers of society, we all aren’t so different after all.

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