I Suck at Basketball

Still busy. I’ve had my re-contracting interview, which went well. Apparently my school’s principal spoke highly of me in his evaluation. Alas, I don’t know when I’ll hear whether or not I get to re-contract, but it shouldn’t be too long.

I got roped into a Kobe teachers’ basketball game. Or tournament, really. Luckily, I was able to spend minimal time on the court; I am not good at basketball. This was widely acknowledged when the teachers actually saw me play, although I heard one say (in Japanese, of course), “He can move, though.”

We had just one game, on Saturday morning. We lost, which was probably for the best. I started feeling lousy Saturday afternoon and was definitely sick by the evening. If we had won on Saturday, we’d have had a game on Sunday. Calling in sick for that would have forced the team to forfeit, since only five of us were going to be available on Sunday (and there were only six on Saturday, which was why I agreed to play in the first place).


So. I’ll get back to Kyoto later, but right now I want to show some pictures of my neighborhood, as several people have requested.

This is the front of my apartment building.

Outside My Apartment

It’s not pretty, but it’s not terrible. Although I should take some pictures of the spiders in the stairwells when they return with the warm weather. It gets ridiculous.

This is a shot of the apartments, taken from the other side of the valley.

Hanayama Higashi Danchi

I think my building is the one behind the middle tower. All public housing apartment complexes in Kobe have similar towers, to serve as landmarks. Kobe proper is on the other side of the mountains, to the south.

Gah. This is a fraction of what I wanted to get to, but I’m sick and I need to go to bed. I’ll write some short posts during the week, if I can.



6 Responses to “I Suck at Basketball”

  1. The Drunken Vandal Says:

    Sorry to hear your are under the weather again. Hope you get better soon.

    Keep us posted on your re-contracting interview. I’m sure they want to keep you. :) As for the basketball story…thanks for the laugh.

    Take care.

  2. Barthe Says:


  3. kevinjames Says:

    In late summer and early autumn, spider webs absolutely fill the stairwells in my building. Even if you take a broom and clear them out, new webs appear within a couple days. Fortunately, I’ve never had a problem with spiders coming inside my apartment. (Although it’s not as if they couldn’t get in easily. There is so much room between my front door and its frame that at night, the door is outlined by the light outside.)

  4. The Drunken Vandal Says:

    Gross. All I can think of is the time we had to kill that spider in our basement with a pizza tray and a bat. I wish I were kidding. Hopefully they aren’t that scary. :)

    Good luck.

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