City. Bought a bunch of tea and books, probably my two favourite things in the world aside from people. Got on the bus to
Picked up at the bus stop at 10pm by Abbie and Alyshia, where we proceed to walk straight to the clubs. We check my giant pack as a coat and I proceed to get giddy over a. foreigners in the street. b. bartenders that speak English. c. signs in English. Rice paddy girl makes it to the big city! The music was cool, the dancing was fun, there were even American gangsters wearing sunglasses in the club and hollering “it’s my SAWNG!” It still felt distinctly Japanese, ie. The dancing was timid and there was no sluttiness or grime, but it was still a great, great night.
Stayed at Abbie’s apartment. Sat in respective beds (in different rooms) catching up on all that had been happening in the last 6 months or so. (Abbie is a NZ JET who I met at orientation in
At some point it started snowing, which was beautiful. Cultural adventure time! First, it was a big shrine. The snow was cold and drippy but worth it, as it made everything doubly beautiful. Sometimes it was wet sleet, sometimes pretty flakes, sometimes just dumping down on us. There were pretty tourist streets and HUGE peals of thunder going back and forth. We had ramen and mochi (rice paste) cakes, went up the biggest escalator I have ever been on which literally takes you up the side of a hill, decided against the museum then went back to the house for hot chocolate and cake. It was perfect!
Watched The Castle with Abbie and Jamie, nice chill afternoon. Went out for dinner with some of their friends to an Izakaya, which was cool and good company. Got more drinks and some random chocolate crepe chips, had some NZ wine and sat under the kotatsu (a warm table with a blanket over it) and talked some good old NZ shit.
Got up, got packed, went to the city. Said my goodbyes to Jamie and Abbie, who were lovely hosts. Spent the day shopping, which was so overwhelming I almost couldn’t buy a thing. It’s hard when you’re surrounded by so much that’s unfamiliar to remember exactly what it is you consider normal. There were shops full of just anime costumes, gothicwear, and clothes to make you look like little bo peep, which is super hot in
Bus home, a good 5 hours of traveling. Read The Road by Cormac Macarthy. It’s good. I don’t know why we like the apocalypse so much.
Happy Valentine’s day! Got “Tiffany san’d” by one of my students today. Cute.
Valentine’s lessons in my classes this week. On asking for words to describe a person someone ran up and wrote “erotic”. Well, it’s not wrong? Today was also the first time I’ve ever had a student put their head on their desk and bellow “GNOH” when the bell rings for the class to end because they want it to keep going. Great feeling!
Have become obsessed with
Had Jodo today, realized I have lost ALL my fitness. (Still a patchy relationship with Kendo due to previously injured calf.)
Had games lessons today. Fun but exhausting!
Trouble sleeping lately. Taking its toll.
Today I saw my vice principal wander up, seize a phone that was ringing, bellow, “HAMA-CHAN. SHIMAOKA.” drop the phone and walk away. Silent laughter.