My last week I went out to an izakaya with the Japanese staff (Asami - front left, Makiko - front right) and Sylvia and a new teacher and it was fun and the whole time we were like “why didn’t we start doing this sooner????”
Joshikai are fun
Two of my students (Moka (now 7) and Rina (now 10?)) were featured on the company website in 2010 and gosh they’re both so cute I can’t take it
I had these two students, Fuka and Shinnosuke, from my very first day working there to my very last. Their English is really advanced and they’re older (they turned 16 and 14 this summer wow) so we just chatted and it was always a lot of fun. Out of all of my students, I miss them the most, and I hate that Makiko and Asami aren’t working there anymore so I can’t ask how they’re doing.
I’ve really been homesick for Tokyo the past weeks, and now I’m even starting to really miss my job there, teaching English at Treebell. I quit a little over eight months ago, the same time my good work friend Sylvia quit (she was 7 months pregnant at the time). Both she and I had been working at the Minami-Urawa branch (南浦和) in Saitama for several years — between the two of us, we taught most of the lessons the school offered and got to know most, if not all, of the ~150 students who attended our branch. On our last day together, the company posted this photo on their Facebook page and wow it’s made me nostalgic.
The Japanese says (quick translation):
"Sylvia-sensei is due in February and is expecting a girl. Taylor-sensei will be returning to the US, and making use of her experience at Treebell, said ‘I want to go back to school to become a teacher in the future’. Unfortunately, these teachers ended their lessons in December, but please look forward to the new teachers’ lessons starting from January"