For most of my students Halloween isn’t really a thing where they come from. They’ve seen it in movies, but they haven’t really experienced it. Today, some of my students made an attempt at Halloween. They cobbled together some kinds of costumes, oddly disturbing contact lenses, and face paint from the dollar store and were set to head out somewhere –possibly to Church Street in Toronto. I guess they’ve bought into the idea that gay people have better costume parties.
When I brought up the idea a week ago, the enthusiasm was pretty low. However, something must have happened in the interim. I don’t know what it is, and I decided that asking for details really wasn’t the point. Instead I focussed on the idea that this group of people from a few different countries were trying something out that they probably wouldn’t do in their countries. They were pushing at the boundaries of their worlds while on this extended vacation. I can’t say I blame them. Who doesn’t have thoughts of moving somewhere and being someone totally different? Who wouldn’t want to reinvent themselves?
I wonder if this will have a big impact on them. I wonder if they will try and promote Halloween in their countries. When I lived in Japan, Halloween did not exist, but now it seems like a big event in Tokyo.
It is a pretty easy call on Today’s Perfect Moment.
As for me, I didn’t do anything like that. Quite a few teachers and all of the office staff put together some great looks. I just wasn’t in the mood. Instead I took my girlfriend out for sashimi and a few other Japanese side dishes. She’s had sushi, but never eaten sashimi. We tried an izakaya that was a bit of a mix of Korean and Japanese–that’s Toronto– and had a nice time. It was nice to introduce her to something that has been part of my life for a long time. Maybe if I had taken pictures of the food, I would have made it Today’s Perfect Moment. Instead, I just decided to enjoy it without worrying about social media.