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）
We went swimming at Shirahama beach last year in October. The beach was empty, the water was warm, and it was sunny. Perfect. When I told students at our school, they were shocked that we went swimming in Shirahama in October. Unlike you Aussies, we Canadians find the water here in Japan warm from April til October! Oh yeah- nice to do list!