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Chinatown

Posted on Wednesday April 08, 2009 at 9:25am in

Today we had our last day of orientation. We found out about class registration, and then met up with some of the returning students. We got to ask questions and stuff about school and stuff. Then, they mixed all of us JASIN (american) students in with the NCIS students (Korean and Chinese) and forced us all into a room and said “mingle, interact, have fun” so I sat at a table with two girls from China. We talked for about an hour about clubs, hobbies, so on.

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Soso and Maggie.

All of the NCIS students are studying Japanese just like we are. Before Japanese, we would not be able to communicate at all. But, I find it interesting that Japanese acts as a bridge between us. We were able to communicate very naturally with Japanese as our common language. It was fun! Oh and then Tami had a dance off with Nate, a returning JASIN student:

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I think she lost. Probably.

After we mingled for a while and left, we decided to go exploring downtown and see Chinatown. Two returning students accompanied George, Tami and I. Their names are Valerie and Emily. They were nice and know the city very well, so it was useful having them with us.

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Chinatown entrance.

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This is Valerie showing us the good food to buy. These things were pork inside of reeeeally tasty bread. These things were tiny but delicious.

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The evening sun over Chinatown.

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Across the bridge you can see a train. We took rode something similar for about a half hour (for only 100 yen (which equals a dollar)) for about a half hour to get downtown.

Oh and at the 100 yen store we found some priceless Engrish…

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Let’s enjoy a time with me.

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Let’s bath time. I like shampoo and rinse.

Great fun. The other pic was too blurry to read but it was: “There is a tree of big apple. Therefore, a snack is always eating an apple.”

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