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Recently, we have definitely felt the coming effects of summer in Toyokoro.
Before I came to Japan, I was always told that teachers are very respected and valued in Japan.
After a surprising two weeks of wet, heavy snow, spring has finally sprung in Toyokoro.
Akemashite Omedetou Gozaimasu (Happy New Year!)! The focus that is on Christmas in Canada is on New Years in Japan.
Throughout the past year, I have talked about the weather in Toyokoro and how in a lot of ways it is differs to Summerland weather.
After almost two weeks of traveling with the delegates from Toyokoro, I am now back home, safe and sound.
In Japan, students are on Summer Vacation from the end of July to the middle of August.
It has been a very interesting year to say the least, and I am looking forward to my second and last year working and living in Japan.
This last month in Toyokoro, students had their annual Sports Day Festival, known as Undoukai.
Within this past month in Hokkaido, the cherry blossoms (sakura in Japanese) have both bloomed and died.
Last month, I made my annual visit to Summerland, thanks to the Toyokoro Board of Education.
The school system is quite different here in Japan.
Over Christmas break, I took a short trip to Thailand and Cambodia, for a different perspective on Asian countries.