English Speaking Social Club (ESS Club)

At my base school, there is an ESS club.  ESS stands for English Speaking Social Club. Not every Japanese High school has such a club.  It is mostly the high academic or high school that have a strong focus on English that have time.  It is typically a group of high school students who come together after school in their own time and they use it as an opportunity to speak in English or do activities such as games in English.  Depending on the school, a teacher would supervise or participate as well.  In the case of my school’s ESS […]

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Minami Koshigaya: Taste of Culture

A couple of weeks ago, I went to my first Japanese festival.  It was an absolute epic experience.  It was the 31st Minami Koshigaya Awa Odori (Dance) Festival.  The festival was held just outside of Minami Koshigaya station. I went to the festival with one of my friends, N. She is also a new participate on the JET program who flew over with me from Australia.  I must say, Japan really does know how to put on a good show.  It was one of the most colourful and culturally exotic experiences I have had in my life so far. Both […]

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