The Summer of 2017

I’m currently sat in the teachers’ office while the students practice for their sports festival in the rain and in 29ºC heat. The cicadas are blaring out their last annoying song as Japan slowly cools down, but not to the point of switching off the air-conditioning. Saying that, one of my schools has chosen to do so, incredibly. Meanwhile in Hiroshima, the shops have their Halloween displays up as usual, and the fashion outlets are pushing their “Fall Collections”. Mind you, it still feels like summer to me. Continue reading “The Summer of 2017”


……Damn Jet Lag

I’m currently writing this at four o’clock in the morning with the sun yet to rise. I got back from a three-week vacation last Wednesday and the jet lag has unfortunately set in. As I’m not blessed with the ability to sleep on planes, the eight hour difference between the UK and Japan was been made even worse. Adapting to UK time wasn’t a problem three weeks ago. But getting reaccustomed to Japan Time has been increasingly frustrating. I just about managed four hours of sleep yesterday, but it’s still been a stressful mess.

A friend once stated that the general rule of thumb is that for each hour of time difference between destination and starting point, that will roughly correlate to the number of days required to get over the jet lag. Well, it’s been nearly a week and while it’s certainly getting better, it ain’t over yet. School starts this Friday, so I shouldn’t have any trouble getting up. But whether I’ll be able to stay awake in class is the real question. We’ll just have to wait and see.