I’m not out of the teaching business completely, but I was so glad to finally be able to say good riddance to my old company and crazy boss at the end of March!
In Japan it’s customary to give departing teachers flowers or another small gift. Although I was aware of this custom, the sheer amount of gifts I received was surprising and somehow much more than what the past departing teachers had received! It was bittersweet to say goodbye to all of my kiddos, but I felt loved reading their letters and how many of them said they enjoyed having class together over the past five years. I ran out of things to use as vases halfway through the week, and this was only a third of it all!
So what’s in store now? Well, for the first week of April I took a trip down to Gifu and Okayama, which I’ll touch on more next post. Job-wise, I’m doing half translation, half teaching. I’ve registered as a translator with a few more companies and am getting a pretty steady flow of work for just starting out on my own. I’ll also be teaching a handful of classes part-time at similar place (minus the crazy boss!) and I’ve got some private students of my own. I’ve waited a long time for this moment, and I’m excited that the time has finally come!
I’m sure this means there a ton of adventures in the making, and hope you’ll stick around for them. 🙂