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A School Closing in Japan

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What is the importance of a school? To small communities like the ones in rural Japan a school can be the very heart. In a land where the PTA has a far more visual and important role, the school acts as a focal point for community events and networking among parents, local government, and even the large population of elderly people not comprising many rural areas in Japan. The past two weeks marked a transition in Japan, with the financial

School Lunch in Okinawa October 22-31

Monday October 22 Milk, autumn rice, baked mackerel, cabbage and sesame salad, root vegetable soup Monday’s meal highlights one of the major strengths of Japanese cuisine: seasonal ingredients.  The rice was infused with flavors and vegetables that are ripe in autumn.  Along side the rice was a salad of cabbage, cucumber and other vegetables in sesame dressing, a clear broth soup with root vegetables, and a slice of baked mackerel. Tuesday October 23 Milk, Chinese rice bowl, wakame (seaweed) soup, orange This

School Lunch in Japan for Sept 10-28

Things have been interesting around here for the last few weeks.  My novel is out, we got hit with typhoon 1216 and 1217 and there was a sports festival thrown in.  Why does any of this matter in a School Lunch post?  Well in Japan, or at least on my island, all of this tends to mess with 1. my ability to get a school lunch,  2. My ability to remember to take pictures of them, and 3. My ability to actually

Tsunami Drills at School in Japan

Growing up, I remember seeing the red bells along school halls, and wondering when they would ring to let us outside for a bit.  Fire Drills were a common enough event, but in Arizona there is little fear of earthquake, tornado, or other natural disaster.  I didn’t experience my first quake until I came to Japan and was working out in my garden.  There was a noise like a big truck driving by, windows shook, and the ground moved a

The Last School Lunch Before Summer

This is it.  The last week of school lunches before students go to summer break and I go back to eating convenience store bentos (lunch boxes) for the next month.  I’m going to miss the variety and relative healthiness (and standardized portions) of school food.  Since students aren’t in school, I’ll be working at my local Board of Education.  Most other teachers will alternate summer vacation days with work at school.  When they’re in town they’ll likely alternate between bentos, going out

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