On the very first week I started working for Nichii Gakkan, I was lucky enough to stumble upon a マチ☆アソビ (Machi Asobi) cosplay event at the pachinko place right by where I work! Machi Asobi is an “Anime Fan Paradise” that consists of anime and manga enthusiasts, cosplayers, and idol fanatics. Much like anime conventions in the United States and other parts of the world, this organization puts on yearly themed events that unite fans and helps promote the works of artists and actors. I had the chance to talk to some of the Love Live cosplayers in Japanese and ask them more about Machi Asobi, because I had never heard of it before! They said that it is exclusive to Tokushima, but they do put on some events in Tokyo at Akihabara. I got their contact information because I also cosplay Kotori from Love Live and would love to join in next time! I also talked to Splatoon and Overlord cosplayers. They said there was a cosplay contest at the outdoor theater near Mt. Bizan in Tokushima and I really wished I could have gone! However, they have seasonal events planned, such as a cruise in the spring and small gatherings at the local arcades so I will be sure to keep my eye out for future events from them!
Teaching my students at Coco JUKU has gone well! So far I have taught an older couple that had traveled all over the world, a nurse, a couple of business workers, and some research scientists. I have a more experienced instructor from Kobe helping me teach this week because a lot of the lessons are customly designed for the students. For example, isntead of having the research scientists read and study conversation dialogue from a book, we had them do a debate on animal testing. I am really happy that all of my students are motivated to learn English and have such unique personalities. Some of them are shy, but the other instructor knows most of them pretty well and is teaching me strategies to get them to talk. I also learned how to use the interactive whiteboard with the text book activities, which is good because it has games that I can use with younger students to evaluate their understanding of the material. I also have had the chance to talk to my coworkers in Japanese outside of lessons. My conversational Japanese has improved and I’ve learned a lot about the culture here, so I am grateful! My school is planning a Halloween event Saturday which I’m also stoked for! I am about to get ready for work right now, but keep your eye out for more reports from Tokushima, Japan!