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Star Trek, America Talk, Last Day at the Nishi's

Posted on Saturday May 30, 2009 at 8:33am in ,

I have a lot to cover today!

First off, some new engrish:

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Thanks to my friend Ryu for modeling this for me.

On Friday night we (George, Nate, Megumi, and I) went to go see the new Star Trek film that just came out that day. There was a lot of hype about this movie and I heard it was very good.

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Star Trek XI (AKA Star Trek 0).

I just don’t see what the big deal is. It was okay, and that’s about all. George and Nate loved it, but the appeal was lost on me. I don’t really see any reason why this film needed to be made. It was basically just a retelling of everything that’s already happened. The whole thing was very redundant. None of the cast (the cast wasn’t that great, either) got enough screen-time, the story wasn’t very engaging, and did I mention that it was redundant? It seemed too short to cover all that it set out to, and the pacing was off. I would have rather not spent my money to see this, but at least I have Terminator 4 to look forward to…

After the movie got out, we went to Sumiyoshi for dinner together. I had to leave early to catch the last back to Nagayo, though.

Today I woke up to my last day at my current homestay. Tomorrow I move out to Sumiyoshi to live in the apartment with Nate. As a favor on my last day, I agreed to go give a talk about America to my host mom’s friend’s at the community center. I invited Nate and George to come along and talk with me.

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Trying to draw a map of the United States and the surrounding area on the White-board.

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Done!

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This was taken during my self-introduction speech.

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A poster detailing the order of proceedings. It started off with opening comments, followed by self-introductions from the study-abroad students (us).

George and Nate can’t speak Japanese though, so after I gave my self-introduction I had to translate for them while they gave theirs.

After introductions, my host mom talked a bit about what it was like to have a host-student live with her. And shortly after that, we split into 3 groups (1 group for each of us) and had open discussion time.

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My group.

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Everyone.

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Posing afterwards.

Everyone had good questions and it was a great experience. We even made smores for them to try. My host mom is holding one up in the picture above. Everyone was very grateful that we came to talk with them. They gave us each gift cards that can be used pretty much anywhere, and also took us out to lunch afterward at Joyfull, a steak restaurant.

After lunch, George, Nate, and I got dropped off in Sumiyoshi and did some walking around the area. I saw an ad for a Japanese movie coming out soon called “The Rookies.” We saw a preview for it at Star Trek last night and it looks hilariously bad… apparently a lot of Japanese people like it though:

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The definition of over-dramatic.

We went down to downtown Nagasaki near the station to go see Kannon, a large Buddhist statue.

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Kannon towering off in the distance. As you can see from this photo, it is a very large statue.

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Me standing close up next to Kannon. She stands on the shell of a giant turtle.

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Close-up.

From the statue we walked a little further to see the memorial site of the 26 martyrs of Japan. It is dedicated to 26 Christian martyrs who were marched from Kyoto to Nagasaki and crucified at this location by the Shogun to serve as a warning against the dangers of Christianity.

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The memorial from afar. The youngest of the group are the two fourteen year old teenagers.

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A little closer.

When we had seen the memorial, we walked back towards Nagasaki station and saw that a performance was going on…

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Nagasaki station: a little more crowded than usual.

They had a huge TV running a live feed from the stage. It was a drum performance.

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They had a huge TV running a live feed from the stage. It was a drum performance .

Shortly after that, I headed home. Since it was my last day there, everyone threw me a barbecue going-away-party:

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Let’s begin!

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Barbecuing.

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It got dark pretty fast.

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Me holding Yuuna up for a photo after eating.

After eating we went inside to eat some more (the Japanese way). Then, people started arm wrestling with each other:

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Nozomi being the referee for a bout.

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And then leg-sumo. I haven’t heard of this one before, must be a Japan thing.

Well, that’s all of the photos of today. Tomorrow I will be moving to my new home in Sumiyoshi (much closer to school than Nagayo). But, I will miss this host family a lot! Tomorrow marks the half-way point in my study abroad experience. I can’t believe it’s going by so quickly… Where did May go??

Also, as promised, here are some photos I got from Amina’s camera of the kimono wearing from earlier.

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Summer female kimono.

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From left to right: Nate, George, Me. Yakuza, happy father, samurai.

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