Yesterday I spent the afternoon with one of the teachers from my school – 政井先生. Masai Sensei has helped me out in multiple ways at school – not only is she a Japanese language teacher (she teachers the foreign exchange students at my school, and I often sit in on these lessons too!), she has helped read important notices and letters and let me know what is going on most of the time. It was very kind of her to invite me to hang out outside of school in her own time and we decided to head to Ueno.

Unfortunately because it was a Monday, all the museums and the zoo in the area were closed. However, it was a beautiful warm day so we headed to the Ueno Toshogu shrine first. It was a surprisingly peaceful place right in the middle of the city with beautiful grounds and some remnants of Autumn leaves.


A common thing to do at shrines is to lucky dip your fortune (おみくじ). Luckily both Masai Sensei’s and my fortunes turned out to be excellent!

We then walked around near Ueno Park and came across a street performer and stopped to watch before grabbing a cup of coffee and sitting down in the sun for a chat.

We then walked around the famous Ameya-Yokocho (アメヤ横丁) and popped into a ‘game centre’ or Video game arcade. We played a few games and then took some sticker photos (プリクラ).

It was a really fun afternoon and it was so nice to spend time with a colleague outside of school. I hope we get to hang out more often (Well, we will as we are both going to participate in a relay marathon with some other teachers from school on Friday! Wish me luck!)

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