Friday was Kaiti’s birthday so she had a huge party at Monkey Wrench that night. Pretty much everyone showed up to it. It was pretty interesting… Kaiti demonstrated an “American Practice” by having someone throw the cake into her face:
George and Megumi were there as well.
George makes a convincing geisha.
When we left the party, Asami and I watched Austin Powers 2. It was a pretty hard to movie to find. Pretty much every shop we checked had the first and third movies, but not the second. The Austin Powers movies are classic comedies so I couldn’t wait to see it again. Asami really liked it, too.
On Saturday, the weather was nice. We planned to go fishing as soon as the weather was good enough for it on the weekend, so went over to Asami’s house to get the car and head out fishing.
A great shot of Coco.
We stopped to get some bait and lunch to bring with us. It took about 40 minutes to get to the fishing spot. After eating down by the beach, we started scouting for places to fish. It wasn’t going so well though, so she called her cousin who lives in the area and fishes a lot. He came along with Asami’s grandma and they showed us a good fishing spot and helped us set up the hooks. The hooks we used were a lot different than I was used to.
The first catch of the day.
I caught two fish at once. Actually, it was three, but one of them fell off before the picture was taken.
Asami caught the biggest fish! But when she reeled it up and saw how big it was she started panicking because it was scary. I don’t know why, the fish wasn’t that big, but for some reason she didn’t want to touch it.
Asami being forced to hold up her catch. She didn’t like this fish very much.
But she managed to show it off for a picture.
While Asami may have caught the biggest fish, I was the one who caught a blowfish.
Caught a blowfish!
Asami rubbing its stomach while her cousin held it.
George thought it was interesting, so he drew a picture of me holding the blowfish in my notebook later on…
An artist’s rendition of the blowfish and I.
Asami catching a small fish.
This is the area where we went fishing.
Thanks to her cousin and grandma, we were able to catch a lot of fish. They were a lot of help and I had a lot of fun going fishing. I haven’t been fishing in 10 years or so, so I wanted to go. When we got back, Asami’s mom made the fish we caught for dinner.
These were the ones big enough to fry.
These ones got cooked some other way.
After eating, we found a copy of Ponyo at the video store. Asami had been wanting to see this since it came out, but it was always checked out. Luckily, there were plenty to check out. We got a copy and headed back to the apartment. Nate, George and Lauren were there. They had gone to the onsen that I went to earlier in the semester. They all said it was fabulous. When we were done talking about the day, we all watched Ponyo together:
Ponyo is the new Studio Ghibli film. It is about a fish that becomes a human girl and falls in love. Basically, it’s a retelling of the Little Mermaid. I thought it was really funny. Even Nate liked it, and he never likes Japanese anime. I’d recommend this.
Sunday… During the day we watched タイヨウのうた, or Song of the Sun.
The English version is called “Midnight Sun.”
It’s a movie starring YUI, a popular Japanese singer. YUI stars as a girl with a rare disease called XP that prevents her from going out in the sun. She can’t be exposed to the sun without risk of death, so she sleeps during the day and goes out at night to play guitar. I liked this movie, and I like YUI, too. Recommended.
That night, we had a party at our host family’s house. George and Megumi came, but Asami had already gone home. The granddaughter of our host mom came to visit from Oita, and brought her friend with her. They wanted to hang out with us, so they brought a ton of fireworks and took us bowling. After dinner we lit off the fireworks. There was so much smoke in the air from lighting them off that it was hard to breathe. They had some fairly large ones with them as well.
Asami came back to go bowling with us. I didn’t realize it, but there is a very large bowling alley about 10 minutes from our house called Lucky Bowl. Here’s bowling!
Che (host mom’s granddaughter) and George.
Just one pin short!
The final tally. I took first with 144, and Che got second with 110. George got last. He was GOG because his name wouldn’t fit in Japanese or English.
After the game.
The next day was a national holday, 海の日, or Marine Day. Asami didn’t have work, so she came to watch Wall-E. I had seen it, but it was good. Later in the day, there was a going-away party at school. My old host family showed up to say goodbye and give me presents. It was really nice.
Found a funny engrish shirt at the party. I guess it’s not really engrish, actually…
I wear what I want.
I also saw a shirt that said “Enough Space” in big letters on the front, but I didn’t get a picture of that one.
My family got me traditional wooden shoes to go with my jinbei:
Yuri and I trying the shoes on.
The family and some friends.