My Japanese Summer Vacation is Over

It’s official…summer vacation is over. I went back to school yesterday, and I felt it…the whole “wake-up-at-5:30am-or-6:00am-even-though-your-body-is-saying-let me sleep” syndrome. There weren’t any kids at the school yesterday, but today, all those smiling, kancho-ing kids will be right there waiting for me when I get there. Truth be told, I’m not ready to go back yet, even though I have an awesome group of kids. It’s weird. You would think that because the kids are good, maybe the end of summer despair wouldn’t really hit you so hard, but I must say I’m feeling the sting.

On the flip side, though, that’s the longest vacation I’ve had since moving to Japan.

I didn’t have the resources to take my dream summer trip. Nevertheless, my summer was nothing to scoff at. The summer highlight definitely had to be Hakone, but I had fun going to Tokyo more than I usually do, doing some light commercial work, and just plain relaxing. I got to see some cool stuff I hadn’t seen before, and didn’t have to make any super big travel plans to do so.

I hope that the next summer vacation will be the one where I can go all out. Since I’m already in Asia, I’ve been thinking of hitting some of the other countries nearby: Korea, China, Thailand, and Taiwan. The biggest issue will be coming up with the money, but I’m not going to let money get in the way of what I want to do. Sounds weird, I know, but I believe in that whole Alchemist (Paul Coelho) philosophy “When you want something bad enough, the whole world conspires in helping you to achieve it.”

I think getting back to work, will keep me from being lazy. Even though there’s going to be more work for me to do, having a full-time job everyday forces me to get more organized. If I don’t, I won’t have time fit in everything that you want to do: from blogging to studying Japanese to karate.

The dragonflies are out and about, signaling that the end of summer is near (along with the hot, sticky weather, I hope). It’s time to dust off the textbooks and teaching aids, it’s time to shake the cobwebs out of my brain and get back to the business of being the best ALT (Assistant Language Teacher) that I can. It’s time for to hone my cat-like reflexes (hardly) to dodge groping, grammar-school, child hands and fingers.


Donald Ash

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