September 14th, 2006

m.e. in nippon

another fun day at elementary school

today, i woke up and hit the snooze on my alarm clock. after a little while, i woke up again and saw that it was already almost half past. i was gonna be late! so i dressed quickly, jumped in my car and sped off toward school. when i got there, though, no one else was there. what was going on i wondered...until i realized that my clock had said half past SIX, not SEVEN...i was an hour early to work. soooo embarassing. but, hey, i had some time, no huge loss, i'd just turn about and go back for a bit, and no one would be the wiser. execpt when i was pulling out of the school driveway, not just one but two other teachers were pulling in. including the weird fourth grade teacher i already think hates me. i'm sure everyone knew by the time i got back that i was here early for no reason...but at least it's an easy enough mistake to shake off.

today i had the older kids, the fifth and sixth graders. the kids in the sixth grade class were very disappointed that i'm not single, they wanted to try and fix me up with their teacher Yamashita-sensei. they tried again at lunch to talk me into marrying him, but i told them it would make my boyfriend very sad. they seem to think he must be sad and lonely because he's not married. i guess Kekkon Dekinai Otoko is on past their bedtime, hehe. Yamashita-sensei is cute and young though, so i'm sure he'll find a nice japanese girl to settle down with eventually, hehe.

i did manage to impress the same group at recess/cleaning time by knowing all the words to the evangelion theme song. i then discussed how anime is popular in america too, and of course they wanted to know my favorite characters, etc. glad to know all those hours of existential mecha anime weren't for naught! for the second day in a row,though, i have found it very very difficult to try and explain the concept of tacos. ::sigh:: at least i can explain that it's different than the japanese tako (octopus), though i'd imagine this wouldn't be a problem if octopus wasn't such a popular food. at least tako is better than ika (squid).

one more day here at the elementary school, and then it's off to the middle school on the weekend for sports day. because i'm working saturday and sunday, though, i get the next three days off after that. while this school has been fun, i still can hardly wait for monday, i could really use a good rest.
  • Current Music
    the red team's fight song
gaijin face

a new friend!

kelly and i were just talking today about how funny it is that while at home we're your run of the mill white girls, here in japan, we stand out as strange, almost exotic beings. no one can fail to notice us. this actually proved to be a possitive thing for once today.

kelly was going into himeji for japanese language classes today, and she was gonna hit up some subway sandwich (sando in japanese) action first. i had no plans for any kind of food in my own home, so i went along. kelly had to go to class at 7 and would be out again at 8:30, so i had some time to just chill out, walk around, etc. i hit up the grocery store of all things, and picked up some things not in my local store like tomato soup and a taco kit. after this, i still had about half and hour to kill, so i went to the building where her class was and just sat down in the common area where there are tables and chairs and waited.

after about 10 minutes, a japanese guy comes up to the table where i'm sitting and asks in pretty much perfect english if anyone is sitting here, and would i mind if he sat and talked with me for a while. he's trying to practice his english, and looking the way i do, he made the (correct) assumption that i'm a native speaker. i said sure, he introduced himself as Isamu, and we started just having a conversation. he was pretty surprised when he found i could also speak japanese, but since he had come over to speak english, that's what we did mostly (his japanese also had a very thick kansai accent that took me by surprise, so english was probably best). his english was already pretty good...he could use phrases like "fucking gay" and "it's a long story"...but it was nice to be approached by a japanese person for once instead of the other way around. of course, he'd spent some time in america, and he was a young guy with a less-than-typical japanese attitude, but still. he asked if he could have my email and maybe we could hang out some time in himeji, so i gave him my keitai email and i got his. i'm actually kind of excited about the prospect of having a new japanese friend, and i told kelly about it too, and she agrees that a new japanese friend is always welcome. we really don't have that many...i mean, coworkers don't really count. i can learn some serious kansai-ben from him too i hope, hehe.

so that was my exciting himeji adventure. looking like a crazy foreigner is alright now and again it seems.
  • Current Mood
    look at that exotic gaijin face there!