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Living Tall in Japan, part 47

Just a quick little announcement: So yes… I finished editing my book!! The one based on my assistant days. About a third is completely rewritten, half of which is new material. 🙂 I think that you guys will like it a lot! Within the next few days, I’ll be able to put it up for presale, which I’ll do at a discount, and with extras! Stay tuned! Please! 😀 I need your help to make it a success. 🙂

And without further ado, more stories from my first year in Japan! Woo!

☆ To see all of the parts in this series, click here

Working in elementary schools brought a lot of new experiences. I want to share a few of the more entertaining ones with you. 🙂


It’s the most surreal experience when 60~some third graders come up to you and ask for your signature… “sign kudasai!” It’s very, very strange.. is this how stars feel? I’m kinda happy that I’m not famous. A little bit is alright, but it would get annoying after a while. ^^;; But the kids are SO cute. Even the ones who don’t pay attention in class will usually love you to death given down time, like school lunches.

It really was surreal!! I had experience leading (Anime club president, woo!), and I had plenty of experience public speaking (I’m sorta shy, but I like public speaking a lot), but I’d never had any experience being idolized. Even nowadays, I get a lot of nice people (you guys!) asking me for advice, but I don’t feel like a star or anything. I’m just me. I had a cool job, and hopefully many more down the line. 🙂 I have big dreams, too. But I’ve  never been mobbed like I was with these kids practically every day the entire time that I held this job. There’s nothing like being mobbed by forty first-graders. 😉

Today I went out to play with the kids at recess, and they had me play the ‘oni’ game with them. ^^ It was fun!! =D (they = 6th graders) The special ed kids joined in also, and the 6th graders were so nice to them!! I’m really impressed! ^__^ One of the kids ran to me and needed a hug (for unknown reasons! XD) and another one suddenly grabbed my boobs and shouted “oppai!!” ^_^;;;;;;;;;;; That’s a first. Cute, but she did it twice! ^_^;;;;;;;; Ummm.. well it was cute but, yeah. ^^;; What can ya do? =P

That was definitely a first for me! Oppai is, well, I’m sure that you can figure that out. Funny enough, I don’t think that any more kids ever did that to me. Which is probably a good thing….. ^o^;;

Randomly, today I got hit on by a 5th grade teacher. He’s my age and the kids said we should get married because of that. XD;; Umm…

OMG I remember that! I was all wtf??!!! Are you so desperate that you hit on the English teacher whom you’ve only just met? It felt really awkward the next time that I came to teach in his class..

But… you know what the absolute best thing about this new job was? That I got summer break off. Paid. So, I worked for less than a month, and then I had three months of paid freedom.

Oh heck yeah. You can bet that I made the best out of my first month in Japan!

In tomorrow’s post, I’ll post about either my first impressions of Tokyo Tower, or the Kimeru concert where I met someone very special. 😉 I’m not quite sure yet, since they happened one right after the other! 😀 See you tomorrow!!! <3

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Hi! This is Jamie Lynn Lano! I am a Washington State (USA) native who: ☆ Holds a Bachelors of the Arts in Media Arts & Animation from AiPx. ☆ Worked as an assistant mangaka in Japan for Konomi Takeshi on The Prince of Tennis. ☆ Was an essay columnist for Asahi Weekly from 2008-2013. ☆ Was the star of Asahi Pop'n Press on Asahi TV (Japan) from 2009-2013 ☆ Was a write for Metropolis magazine in 2010. ☆ Has kept a blog foreeeeeeeeever! First and Current blogs.


  • muna

    I wonder if the table was turned around, if the teacher does that to a kid they call it harassment but if a kid does that its cute?

  • Willeke4439

    Congrats on finishing your book!

    Yeah, Japanese kids are little perverts… XD My workplace required me to wear skirts (also because jeans were vonsidered “too casual”) but the kids would flip my skirt all the time. >ww< So I made sure to wear shorts underneath. =P Also, the whole "kancho" thing… Didn't you get that?

    • Jamie Lynn Lano

      THANK YOU!!!! 🙂 I am so, so happy to be working on the finishing touches right now, you have no idea!! :)))))

      Ahahha!!! I always, ALWAYS wear shorts under my short skirts. Long I don’t bother. You never know when the wind will come, or a pervert. Or when you’ll have to climb a tree. 🙂

      Hmmm.. I did get the kancho thing, but it didn’t happen very often. Maybe because I wore skirts, or because boys were the most into it, but they weren’t as grabby with me as the girls were.

      • Willeke4439

        Me too, I just don’t feel comfortable in just a skirt >w< I was wearing shorts the first time the boys flipped it too, and they were all like "na~nda…" in a disappointed tone XD Like, what were they expecting, some kind of special gaijin panties…? X'D

        I was going to say "I don't think I ever climbed a tree in Japan" but then I remember that I actually did. So yeah, that's some solid advice there XD

        • Jamie Lynn Lano

          AHAHHA! “Na-da.” I like that. 🙂

          If there were some special gaijin panties, I would probably wear them, actually. Or bicycle shorts with “gaijin da!!” printed on them. XD

  • haze

    嘘!!!!! Hahaha I really thought that was just a Manga thing!. Hahaha Hilarious, awkward cuteness. I guess for that there is a reason they make it happen in Manga so often.

    Greets Jamie. Fun read again.

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