Yesterday was my last day of work and it was a bit painful saying goodbye! I got flowers and gifts and letters and one of my students even came in to say goodbye even though she didn't have a lesson (it turned into a big cry-fest).
I had no idea I would become so attached to all my students and coworkers! Whenever I travel I make temporary friends who I keep in touch with and have a good time with but I know inevitably we will all go home and so I don't let myself get to into any deep relationships. I came to Japan thinking of it just like all my other trips but longer...but Tokyo turned into a home.
After work we had a karaoke farewell party with the staff in Ikebukuro but I'll likely stop by there to give a proper (more sober) goodbye before I leave, so those goodbyes were not that bad.
Here's a few photos from the last days:
Flowers I got from one of my regular students (in my make-shift thermos/vase)
The amazing scrapbook Akina (my fav student/friend) made for me
I just got back from a (too) short vacation in the southern tropical islands of Japan, Okinawa. I spent a day in Naha, the main city, then I headed out to a tiny island off the coast (Zamami jima) and spent 3 days relaxing and doing next to nothing. Check out some of the crazy photos of this strange and wonderous place:
Pig face for sale in the Naha market
Awamori - Okinawan liquor. Yes those are real snakes
Goya chyanpuru: one of the local dishes. Basically, crazy bitter gourd (goya) stir-fried with pork, egg, and other veggies
Okinawan souvenirs - frog purses. Yes, those are real frogs.
Vacation calls for excessive desserts
Japanese style room in Zamami Jima. Wicked awesome hotel, but I could have told you that by just looking at the name: Joy Joy