Last Sunday I woke up bright and early to head to Nobeoka for one of my regular volunteering gigs. This week’s volunteer event was the adult conversation group that lasts for two hours. As interesting as it is, sometimes two hours is a lot for me to be the center of attention. All discussion questions seem to be directed at me, even though I am not there to practice my English.
After that, I walked over to Nobeoka’s Shiroyama Park and got ready for yet another Hanami. This time the Hanami was for the northerners, as we are affectionately called in the prefecture. Since my friend Kyle also used to be a lacrosse goalie, just like me, I grabbed my toy lacrosse sticks and brought them along. I got to make some new Japanese friends as well and even got to play catch with one of them for a while. It was a good and relaxing afternoon.
I later discovered that my new English teacher had actually seen me, but didn’t say hi because he didn’t want to bother me when I was with my friends.