Today I officially opened my doors to applications for new students. Of course, I haven’t distributed any promotional material yet and for a good reason. Last year at my farewell party I talked to the village mayor about my plans to open this English school and he had expressed some interest, so I told him I would be more than honored if he would become my first student. He may not want to or be able to at the present time, but I feel obliged to give him the opportunity.
Alas, a bit of Japanese culture presented a minor delay.
At the beginning of a new year, Japanese workers (especially those with political jobs) go around doing new years greetings called 新年のあいさつ (shin’nen no aisatsu), which just means New Years Greetings. They will say あけましておめでとうございます、今年もよろしくおねがいします (akemashite omedetou gozaimasu, kotoshimo yoroshiku onegai shimasu), which means “Happy New Year, I’m requesting your reciprocated cordiality again in the new year”.
It’s a cool custom I think, renewing the relationships you have for the new year. Anyway, as the village mayor he was out of the office for an indefinite amount of time for that purpose. I decided not to just leave a flier, and instead wait until I could talk to him and hopefully renew the spark of interest he had shown last year.
I thought I would use the opportunity to post a little bit about Japanese culture, so enjoy!