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First Week of Classes, Sunday to Saturday

Posted on Sunday April 19, 2009 at 9:13am in

So the first week of classes… I’ve signed up for the following: Martial Arts, Traditional Arts, Japanese, Japanese Culture, Japanese Society and Japanese History. In Martial Arts we are learning Aikido. It’s very fun so far, I think I’ll like the class even though we have to meet for it on Saturday afternoons. Although, I don’t much care for having to do 正座 (proper sitting) at the beginning and end of each class… It’s pretty uncomfortable. The work load is pretty light, at most I have 3 classes in one day and that’s only once a week. Each day is either one or two classes… The Japanese class I am taking is absurdly easy. Some of the Chinese girls in the class can’t speak any Japanese at all and only managed to test into it because they can read kanji.

As for Culture, it seemed interesting at first but I think it’s going to really bore me. The teacher of Society is incredibly dull. The only class I’m really looking forward to is the History class. Seems very interesting!

Well it’s been a week since I’ve last posted anything, so I have a lot to go through… After classes the first day, George and I went looking for some school supplies. We got a bunch of folders and notebooks and stuff and stocked up.

All throughout the week they’ve been having different countries put on presentations during lunch. This was some flamenco dancing we saw:

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They were good! I wonder who that guitarist is.

The next day, we went to Coco Walk mall again and we found some great engrish stuff:

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Rearry?

On Thursday I have no classes so I made some smores for my host family:

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No graham crackers in Japan…? I settled for these tiny cookies. They taste different, but still good.

My host mom had me bring some over to the neighbor. She had two big collies from America. It was strange seeing two big dogs in a small Japanese house.

Thursday night we went out again (at least I think it was Thursday). We went to a big mall down past Chinatown and did some exploring. We had some really tasty food there for dinner and found some more engrish, along with a side of strange.

Friday after class was over I gathered some friends together to watch Survive Style 5+, my favorite movie, with some friends. We didn’t get to finish it though. We got about half way through then decided it was time to eat before it got too late. So, we’ll have to finish it later. We went to a yakitori restaurant (kinda good, but we didn’t get much food for our money…) We then stocked up on food at a convenient store and went to do some karaoke. It was fun with more people and with more time. Later that night I watched my first movie in Japan: 時をかける少女(the English title is “The Girl Who Leapt Through Time”):

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It was very good. Better than I expected. It was funny, lighthearted, but also had a lot of depth, too. The ending left me wanting more… it was kind of sad. I recommend this. It’s been translated into English and you can get a copy from pretty much anywhere.

Saturday… I had no money for the bus to get to Sumiyoshi. I got some cash by Nagayo post office, but from there the nearest bus to Sumiyoshi was an hour walk away or so… So I walked and walked and walked around til I got to a bus going in the right direction. Then, I took that bus over to Sumiyoshi and conveniently arrived just in time to meet Tami and Stephanie at 1pm. Kaiti arrived shortly after and we went to Chinatown. The plan was: Chinatown, food, peace park…then whatever.

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The tram arrives. One comes every five minutes.

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Inside the tram – Tami being a camera hog. She got a huge box of pineapple juice.

We got to Chinatown and had a look around. We took Stephanie to the best food…

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This guy has the best food in Chinatown!

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This is what he sells. Now don’t quote me on this but I’m pretty sure it’s called manju. The round thing is called nikuman… (I think). Anyway, super tasty!

We met up with a french student in our program in Chinatown and her Japanese friends. We joined up our group with theirs and they showed us this great restaurant called Olympic: home of the 100cm ice cream. For real, they have an ice cream dessert that is 1 meter tall…

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The 100cm one isn’t shown in this photo.

The food was super good and not expensive. I got this great dish that had a little bit of everything. Beef, salad, rice, and pasta… Very tasty stuff.

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I’m so artistic.

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Akina and Kelly get ready to try the 50cm…

By a mistake, Tami, Stephanie and I ended up getting an entire one to ourselves… And we somehow finished it. After the restaurant we met up with Emily and Valerie. But, that was short-lived since they had plans elsewhere. We broke up and went to see the peace park.

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Stairs leading up to the park.

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The fountain at the opening of the park.

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Akina and Tina, the girls we met up with in Chinatown.

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You can see the peace statue through the water.
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I caught a bird in flight!
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Tami and Stephanie.

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Akina ruined an otherwise perfect photo…

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Peace? This was supposed to be some sort of symbol…

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The water in front of the statue… Toss a coin in and make a prayer for peace. My coin is in there somewhere.

The sun started to go down and then George met up with us after his Kendo practice. We wandered back towards the entrance and I got this great photo:

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Beautiful!
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And also we got stuff like this…

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Tami: Yes! Make love to da camera!!

We were going to go bowling after this… But Akina, Tina and Kelly had to get ready first. So, George and I decided to go karaoke with Tami, Steph, Valerie, Emily, and their Japanese friends. We met up at Chitosepia and went to stock up on food. We first tried a place called Sound Zoo, but they wouldn’t seat 11 people in a single room…so we went back to Voice Shower (my third time being there in three weeks). But, my first time with Japanese friends. It was a lot of fun, even though I was tired from the long day.

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Haaaiii!

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Guess the song!

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She sang an enka song (traditional style of singing…very difficult to do) and was amazing!!

Feels like it’s been more than a week…they just fly by… Tomorrow we go bowling.

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