One of the first things I remember noticing after having lived in Japan for a year was how the four seasons of the year were so defined. Each season provides opportunities to take part in a wide range of events and activities. Some are unique to Japan, and others I was used to doing back in my home town Brisbane, Australia.
The weather in Brisbane is usually pretty good with around 300 sunny days a year. With hot weather being what I’m accustomed, I welcome the start of summer. I have been building a “to do” list in my head of the things I hope to do in the hot months of summer, and thought it was a good idea to put it down on paper. In no particular order:
- Play golf. – I haven’t picked up my clubs for about a year now, and I’m a little worried how bad my game has gotten, not that it has ever been very sharp! There is a driving range near Shirasagi Station(白鷺駅), one station(南海線中百舌鳥駅)(地下鉄御堂筋線なかもず駅) from my English Conversation School in Nakamozu(スミス英会話 なかもず校). It cost Y1000 for a bucket of 120 balls. You have to have a pretty solid drive to hit the back fence, and you are hitting into a large pond with targets dotted though it. I think I will have to pay a couple of visits to the range before I head out to the golf course. I usually play out in Tondabayashi City. The course is at the base of the wonderfully bizarre shaped P.L Tower. Check out a picture of the tower here.
- Hanabi Party. – In Queensland, Australia, fireworks are illegal. I always get very excited when the large bags of fireworks appear in the shops as they are a novelty to me. I think a Hanabi Party with some students sounds good some time in the coming months.
- Beach. – My 2 yr old son loves the beach and loves to swim. I have been down to Shirahama with my family a few times. It’s a great beach south of Sakai City in Wakayama Prefecture. I would like to explore the coastline of northern Wakaiyama to find a nice swimming beach.
- Fishing. – I have been fishing a few times in Japan. I have fished from the shore and from a boat. On both occasions I was joined by students(英会話 月謝). I am keen to try my luck at the stocked ponds next.
- Takoyaki party. – We held a Takoyaki cooking competition a few years ago at our Sakai Higashi English conversation school(スミス英会話 堺東校). We all had a great time trying to develop new recipes for Takoyaki.
- Hanshin Tigers home game – It looks as if they need a bit more support this season. You can see the games roster for all the NPB teams here.
- Mt Fuji – Has been on my to To do… list for some time. I really want to make the climb this year.
- Finally….a summer BBQ! – To me a BBQ with my students, family and friends in the park, sounds like a perfect way to spend a hot Sunday afternoon. I am no stranger to BBQ’s as you can see here and here and here.
As you can see, I plan to have myself a cracking summer. I’m looking forward to spending time with my family, friends and students in the coming months inside and outside the classroom.
Smiths’s School of English Nakamozu – スミス英会話 なかもず校 （月謝）
Smiths’s School of English Sakai Higashi – スミス英会話 堺東校 （月謝）