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October 22, 2005

I have two pieces of news:

(1) We didn’t win the taiko contest. But I’ve come away feeling more excited not just about taiko but about Japan generally, for reasons that I will explain later because, more pressingly:

(2) I have a new job in Naha, and so I’ll now be staying on in Okinawa until March. Just as I was thinking that crossing Mongolia / Siberia in November might not be as good an idea as it seemed in the sweaty heat of Okinawa’s summer, and feeling that actually a few more months in Okinawa would be quite nice, a job turned up. I started on Thursday, at a junior high school in the city. It’s about eight times the size of the island school I taught at before, but the teachers seem like a nice enough bunch and my work hours are shorter than before, so I’m hoping it should be a reasonably pleasant way to spend the winter before heading back across a Mongolia that is thawing rather than freezing.

…I want to say more about the taiko contest, but Tokyo followed by job-and-flat-acquisition and all the moving that goes with that mean that if I don’t go to sleep now I will probably die.

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  1. Posted by mayee — October 23, 2005 at 1:50 am

    yeay! for your plans… hope you aren’t sleep-deprived no more.

  2. Posted by lva — October 27, 2005 at 11:30 pm

    Thanks May. New job seems to be going ok so far. Still a bit sleep-deprived, but not as bad as before… Hope you’ve found some way of getting some sleep despite your neighbours’ incredible snoring and late-night furniture-rearranging, too!