Wow... Major Procrastination... Well, before I throw myself under the bus, I do have to admit that I got much busier than expected following the winter Holiday.
I will try to explain the past 6 months in a three part series.
PART 1 - Winter Break
So, my last post was right before I took off on a three week trip to Kansai for Winter Break. You may be wondering how it is that I was able to get so many days off. Well, it`s a combination of Winter Holidays, Nen-Kyu 年休, and Dai-kyu 代休. Essentially the days off that we get for winter holiday plus, paid leave, and over time leave.
If you`re in the JET Programme, you will have Nen-Kyu or Paid Leave. How much might depend on your contract and such, but it is generally 20days of every year, if you re-contract. My town is awesome and gives me Dai-Kyu, which is an over time system. On days that I work my English Conversation Circles, or stay in the office past 4:30pm, I clock that time in as over time. This accumulates and I can eventually use this toward taking days off without losing precious Nen-Kyu!
For Winter Break, I had accumulated about 72 hours worth of Over Time and used a large majority of that plus Nen-Kyu to take my very very long vacation.
Here are some pictures of that winter trip.
|Snow at Obihiro Station. I had to leave a day early in order to not get stuck in my town. Luckily I made it out safely|
|My Girfriend and I went to Universal Studios Japanon Christmas Day... It was very windy and cold, but still a lot of fun|
|Cool Car... but the ride was Blahh|
|This was cool. I had a lot of fun on the Jurassic Park Ride. I ended up getting very drenched... which wasn`t fun in the cold|
|Probably one of the coolest rides at USJ.|
|Traditional New Years Food. First thing you do is Drink!|
|That`s my Predecessor. We met up in Kansai and he joined me any my Girl Friend`s family for Osecchi|
|I`m not drunk. It`s like 9:00am... well not drunk yet.|
|All this food lasts about a week or so. It is eaten every day following new years for a certain perioud of time.|
|Later we went to the Kobe Aquarium|
|View from the Aquarium|
|Then we hit up China Town in Kobe. This place is awesome. Nankin Machi. Check it out if you`re ever in Kobe|
|Was able to meet up with my friend Sho. It had been over a year since we last hung out. It was good to see him again.|
Stick around for part 2.