My Day to Day Life in Japan

Today, it rained…and rained…and rained…and rained!!! The back yard (if you even call it that) was covered by about two inches of water, but it’s slowly disappearing.  A tropical storm just came by and dumped a bunch of rain on us.IMG_0253  Because of that, my school, Tsukimino Junior High School, canceled classes this morning! YEAH!!  But sadly, Josiah’s school, Chuo Rinkan Elementary School, was only delayed by two hours..hee hee hee..

It has been a while since I last wrote, but we have been super busy.  Josiah and I have started school; here’s our morning schedule. Somewhere between 5:00 and 5:30, Papa wakes up. Mama’s alarm goes off at 5:00 so she gets up around then too.  I wake up around 5:30.  Then after that,  I either get up and take a shower, or go back to sleep and wake up at 6:00 until my mom comes in.  After my shower, I get into my P.E. uniform:  royal blue shorts (half way up the knee) and a white T-shirt and knee high navy socks.  Then comes the normal stuff like eating breakfast, brushing my teeth, making my bed (maybe), packing my bag (if I hadn’t done in the night before)…All of this happens by 7:00.  After that. I either read, or play with the bunny (Did you know we got a bunny?)

Our new bunny!

Our new bunny!

Then around seven thirty, we wake Julia, do our morning prayer, and Josiah’s off to school at 7:45. After he leaves, I put my uniform on over my P.E. clothes (strange i know, but it saves time at school and all the girls do it) and  I usually leave somewhere between that and 8:00.

Isn't he Cute!

Isn’t he Cute!

Besides school, I have Kumon every Tuesday and Friday evening.  Kumon is basically an after school tutorial.  I am catching up with my Japanese writing and Josiah is studying math.  Sometimes when I am there, I sit next to a boy who is probably in second grade. He just loves to talk…and talk…and talk…and talk.  He is very cute.  Other times, I sit near a little girl…maybe first or second grade and she’s super shy, but we often smile at each other when the teacher is telling the boy to be quiet.  It’s hard work, but lots of fun.  And yes, my Japanese writing is improving!

I made the decision to go to school at Tsukimino instead of homeschool and I am glad I did.  I have already made several new friends and my Japanese is improving.  But, as I said before, I am very busy with school work, homework and study.IMG_0153  Because of that, I am often very tired, especially since I have been fighting  an awful cold.  At first, it was just these loud, powerful coughs, and then just when I thought it was starting to go away, I caught a cold on top of that!!!  So tomorrow morning I go to the doctor and get a checkup and probably an X-ray, so that is something you can pray for.  Living in Japan is full of surprises and challenges.  God helps me everyday.  Slowly, I am getting used to Japan and its’ diverse culture. Before I arrived, I thought I knew pretty much everything about Japan…WRONG!!! But, I am learning and improving, not by my own strength, but Gods!!!

Josie Hiraguri
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  1. Debbie Peek

    Hi Josie! Don’t know if you remember me at church. Long blonde hair. My grandkids are Alexis and Breanna. We had such a great time with you and the family at the church picnic at the Turner’s place in Lincoln Ca. I am the secretary at the church and I have your family’s post cards with pictures on my bulletin board. I see your face several days a week and smile and pray for you. Your family is doing mighty work for the Lord. But we do miss you. Be safe and healthy! And Keep lookin’ up! love, Debbie


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