Tuesday, March 27, 2007

Japan Poster

Here's a couple posters of a photo collage I did of some of my students. Obviously I'm not very good at Adobe Photoshop Elements 4.0. But considering this was my first time working with the program and both pics only took about two hours total, I think it went fairly well. I blew these up to full poster size and put them up on the wall at school. Fun stuff for when the students return from spring break. I hope they like it.

Saturday, March 17, 2007

Some Panache

Some panache can go a long way in looking professional, at anything. Teaching in style, yes I am. This month (March) my 3rd grade Junior High School students graduated. However, before the ceremony I had to track down and snare myself a brand new suit. I eventually found a popular suit store in Japan and spent a couple hours being fitted and finding just the right suit for me. I bought brand name, not because I am fancy or into names or anything, but for other reasons. Namely, most Japanese suits are too small of a cut for my wide shoulders. The sleeves tend to be too short at the cuff too. I can barely button up most Japanese shirts, because I'm not anorexic thin like most people. Nor am I husky, I just work out and my muscles have enough mass to make Japanese close uncomfortably tight. Even though I'm small for a man's frame in America here in Japan I wear and XXL dress shirt.

As such, finding a comfortable suit which looks good is difficult. At least with brand name suits I can have them fitted and made to look halfway decent on me. The only problem with this, however, is the two suits I bought set me back $1,000 (American dollars). I hope I don't have to spend like that every month *yikes. But in the meantime I can enjoy looking good. My students all said "Wow, Vick!!" So I surprised them with a little pizazz. The faculty and teachers all got into a discussion which brand names they'd like to buy. The suit I'm wearing in the image is a Yamamoto Kansai, my other suit (not shown) is a Geribaldi.

Thursday, March 08, 2007

Say Hello to Kitty!

Just the other day as I drove along to Omi-Shogakko (Omi-Elementary School) I looked out of the window of my car. From the side of the road I caught a glimpse of these two critters.

In Japan it is popular for people to 'dress up' inanimate objects as if they were 'dolls'. Statues and scarecrows all across Japan can be seen wearing cute little outfits. In the case of this farmer's garden, just off to the side of the main road, they dressed their scarecrows up as school children. Also, these particular 'scare'crows have to be the least scary I've ever seen, as they are made to look like the world's cutest import/export icon -Hello Kitty!

The Japanese can be strange sometimes, and this is just one prime example of a peaceful culture doing 'cutesy' things because they enjoy the lightheartedness of life. In my opinion it's all a bunch of fun!