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27 August 2006 @ 10:29 pm
the yin and yang of fun and pain  
for the most part, today was an awesome day. a group of JETs got together and went out to the beach. the southern end of our prefecture is on the pacific ocean, and a couple of people looked up some beaches and chose one at random to go to. as it turned out, the beach they chose just happened to be having it's summer ocean festival today. so not only was there beach, but lots of food and beer vendors, live music and dance performances, and the coolest little surprise of all, an island-style double wedding! very very cute.

i swam for the first time in the pacific ocean, tried a little bit of snail for the first time, and unfortunately, got severely burned for the first time in years. should have put on the sunscreen thicker (though i do think japanese sunscreen is not as heavy-duty as ours...all the japanese people got nice and tan...i just burned). the only person who wouldn't know exactly where my bikini top was would be the genki old blind guy we talked to for a while at the beach. looking in the mirror just now, i couldn't help but laugh...i look totally stupid, hehe. ouch.

the group i was with planned on going to dinner in himeji, but after being at the beach all day and being in more pain than anyone seemed to really understand, i opted to go home. katie was heading home too, so i didn't feel too bad going home early, and it wasn't as if i hadn't had a ton of fun anyway. besides, i didn't need to spend money on dinner in the city.

tomorrow it's back to working on lessons and house work. kelly also comes home soon from the states, and i look forward to catching up with her too. for now, a little music, a little light dinner, and a LOT of aloe gel await.
 
 
 
booticon on August 27th, 2006 02:36 pm (UTC)
Just so you know, all of this is so exciting to read (well, except for the sunburn). We all miss you, but we are sure glad you're having fun in what seems to be an entirely different world. Or something like that.
Ed-gar Mack-Feydolorouschilde on August 27th, 2006 02:37 pm (UTC)
Yeah! Exactly! I giggled at the sunburn, I'm not gonna lie.
lady_mclady_mc on August 27th, 2006 07:58 pm (UTC)
Well, I feel your pain ... though, like you, I haven't gotten badly burned in years. I'm still a giant whitey though! Stay cool and yes, aloe will be your best friend!!
Mellenabsentmammoth on August 28th, 2006 04:38 am (UTC)
it's hard being a super whitey, but maybe with some red over that, the kids won't think i'm a ghost! Have fun and stay whitey!
Mellen: gb shawabsentmammoth on August 28th, 2006 04:37 am (UTC)
:P
Mellenabsentmammoth on August 28th, 2006 04:36 am (UTC)
Thanks, I'm glad I'm not just boring everyone with post after post about my daily life here. I figure that was mostly what I was doing in the states, heh. I miss everyone as well, and that's one of the reasons I feel like I should share what's going on, so that it doesn't seem like everyone is so far away. Hope you keep enjoying it!
Mandafee_b on August 28th, 2006 03:38 am (UTC)
I'm sorry you got burnt, silly girl. =( that hurts. the worst part to me is wearing bras. so um...skip those.

I don't know why but beaches in japan sounds so weird to me. Beaches are for Americans, clearly. Surfer dudes and big-breasted girls. blondes.

do they have lifeguards in red shorts and swinsuits?
Mellenabsentmammoth on August 28th, 2006 04:11 am (UTC)
yeah, thankfully, top i wore covered a wide area over my chest and back where my bras tend to be, so that's not so bad. a strapless one is suiting me fine.

and the japanese beach was eerily like the beaches in ct, only on another ocean. and there were japanese surfer dudes. and the girls weren't busty, but they were all thin and tiny and tan.

it was a pretty small beach, and there were no lifeguards that i could see. though there was one building that looked like it might have served as a lifeguard tower, but i didn't see anyone in it. i guess the japanese think that if you're gonna go in the water, you better know how to take care of your own damn self, hehe. but seriously, i've been to plenty of beaches in the states that didn't have them either. so i guess...i don't know what color shorts japanese lifeguards wear, heh.
madbibliomancermadbibliomancer on August 28th, 2006 06:40 am (UTC)
Japanese surfer dudes? What madness is this? Hope your burn feels better soon, as a pale girl I understand, those can be rough.
Mellenabsentmammoth on August 28th, 2006 07:02 am (UTC)
hehehe, Japanese surfer dudes look just like regular surfer dudes, only with no body hair and Japanese facial features. thanks for the empathy, the burn's already starting to get better thanks to ultra-strength aloe gel!