Saturday, October 15, 2016
Hello loves, it's been a while. Time goes by so much faster when you're working. Can I just say that I'm extremely happy it's fall? The weather is lovely, finally. I may be sick, but I'm still so happy it's nice and cold.
And now for the news, well it's not news if you follow me on instagram but if you don't here it is: I got two new tattoos, my wolf tattoo and my Eric Draven tattoo. Don't mind my wolf, Nymeria is peeling in this picture.
The month of October is going to be lovely, Lyy is coming back soon and Halloween is coming. I'm also excited to plan Halloween themed classes for my students, especially my older students.
Words cannot explain how happy I am that is it fall, I have this playlist that I tend to play around this time with Citizen, Brand New, Statistics, and Death Cab for Cutie. It's just nice to listen to music all day and chill in your room in a hoodie and high socks.
Can you believe it's six months since I've moved to Japan? It doesn't feel like it's been six months and with the holidays coming up I'm sure it will fly by even faster.
Friday, September 30, 2016
I'm taking a break from my Miyzaki trip posts and decided to write about something that happened a bit recently.
If you do not know, Miss World Japan 2016 was crowned, and she happened to be another mixed aka half contestant. Her name is Priyanka Yoshikawa, and she is half Japanese and half Indian. And as Ariana Miyamoto experienced backlash, so is she.
I often watch a YouTuber called, The Japanese Man Yuta. He tends to interview Japanese people on opinions of certain matters. Sometimes they're controversial, sometimes they're not, but I find them interesting.
He believed that the media was portraying Japan wrongly in regards to the win of Priyanka Yoshikawa saying that most people were fine with her win and support this. In his video, indeed most people were fine with her win.
However, these interviews are conducted in Tokyo, and the people who are being interviewed are people who are okay with people filmed and having their face put on YouTube, which is not common. Japanese are very private, so needless to say, the people he is filming tend to be more outgoing people. Which, although it was interesting to watch indeed it does make the results a bit skewed.
So, I took the opportunity to use my high school students at the eikawa I work at to see what they thought about her opinion. I was curious to see what my students had to say. I have 7 students, 3 males and 4 females. All are high school students except for one who is a third year in junior high school.
I first showed them a general video about Priyanka Yoshikawa so they could get background information on her. Then, I showed them the video made by Yuta, so they could see some different views on the matter. Then I asked students whether they believed it was okay that she represented Japan or did they believe that someone "full Japanese" would be better and why?
5 of my students were okay with Priyanka representing Japan, 4 girls and 1 male. The reasons being because she was born and raised in Japan so that makes her Japanese. The second reason being, she was nominated to win so clearly people believed that she would make a good representation of Japan.
There were 2 male students who did not support her win. Their reasons were that she is not full Japanese so she is not an accurate representation of Japan. The second reason being, that Japanese beauty is unique and her being half does not show the "true Japanese beauty."
The overall consensus was indeed that most people considered her Japanese because she was born and raised in Japan but of course, there is a small amount that believe that because she is half she is not really Japanese.
I was a bit disappointed in my students who opposed her win, but I was happy that they even voiced their true opinion since most Japanese do not and they were the last ones who voiced their opinions.
And of course, we know that the countryside is still very traditional. My bosses told me that where I live, their way of thinking is equivalent to my parent's generation.
Though Japan is changing on some strict traditional views, especially the youth in the city, the countryside still has a way to go. But I was happy that most of my students supported her win.
I had my students talk about their opinions on tattoos which will be posted later as well.
Wednesday, September 21, 2016
After Sun Messe, we headed to Aoshima which was close to our hotel. The weather was perfect to head to the beach. This beach was lovely! Not only was there little to no people, but the beach had it's own beach park! They had cute little food stands and clothes stands. Me and Lisa would have got something but we were meeting some old friends of hers later so we had to save our appetite.
But this beach is probably my favorite beach in Japan so far. The people are so fun and outgoing and the beach was just so oshare and cute!
After the beach, we headed to meet her friends at Aeon Mall and we ate chicken nanban, which I immediately fell in love with. Apparently, it's Miyazaki's soul food.