By day Hiroshima is a standard city, but when the sun goes down the bright and colorful signs come out to play. SInce I like pretty much all things that are bright and shinny going out at night is almost too much for me. Almost. So far we have found a couple streets and shopping centers that are as exciting as Chuck e Cheese, and the walk there is filled with huge signs and buildings with light shows as part of their signage. Its true I haven’t been to Tokyo yet, so this is probably nothing. But I am also fresh out of Fruita, where everything closes at 8.
Orientation: For the last couple days I have been meeting with 25 other teachers like me for a few days of teacher training. We spend about 8 hours each day with other ALT’s that have been in Japan for at least 10 years. Although I took the certification course, I still feel pretty unprepared. Real teachers study for at least a year, and I have about 3 weeks of training under my belt.
In addition to the training aspect it has been great to meet other people that are in the same boat as me. About 3/4 of the group know Japanese very well and have spent a great deal of time here. Then there’s the rest of us that have little or no Japanese language skills, and just here for the adventure. It has been a great time so far, and I will be moving to my “home” town on Friday, just when I get used to Hiroshima.Oh yes, I also found out that there are 6 other people from my group going to my city, Okayama, as well as 17 other ALT’s that are already in the city.