Smith’s- why do i love thee so? Let me see……. when i “worked for the man” at another English school in Japan and we had a slow day, i would be assigned some boring paperwork or cleaning job. Lately Wednesdays have been quiet at MY school, Smith’s School of English FC Ohtsu. Last Tuesday we received an email from a former Smith’s English school owner inviting us to come see a Broadway Musical in Osaka for FREE! So I closed my school Wednesday afternoon and my partner and I went to Osaka for the afternoon show. By chance, the same former owner had contacted some students as well, and we traveled with them and sat with them at the show.
The show is a new Broadway Musical “Trip of Love” that is in the tryout phase in Osaka, before opening in New York. It was really exciting and only my 2nd musical experience, so i had a great day. Afterwards, as we were in the neighborhood, we stopped in at Kyobashi Head Office. We chatted with our staff in person for a few minutes, discussed the upcoming trials lessons we would be doing together, as well as picked up some products including nice light summer windbreakers and pens to give to trial students. (saving ourselves time and money on shipping!) Could I have done this if I worked a “normal” job? And this wasn’t even a day off- my partner and i made it back to Ohtsu in time to eat dinner before teaching 6 lessons!
Thank you Smith’s- yours is truly an amazing and unique experience!
Edward- FC Ohtsu