Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Wednesday, February 10, 2010-

I had one of my favorite dinners tonight, and between a rainy day on the couch reading a book and now watching TV on a full stomach, I’m in a darn good place right now. I have no real pressures in my relaxing life, I am staying with a funny and inclusive family, and I get to go to the international soccer game between Japan and Hong Kong tomorrow in Tokyo! I simply keep asking myself, “Can life get much better than this?”

The book I read this afternoon was The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka. It was a free download on my iPod and I finished it all in one sitting. This is the first real book I’ve completely read on a screen, not just on an iPod, but also on a computer. It was a strange, but well written novella and I am glad to have spent the afternoon reading it. In a way it was a fitting book for me to read, more just for the concept of change than the actual plot. In fact it’s almost the opposite of the real storyline- waking up to find your world changed for the worse, you’re exiled by those you love, witnessing them move on without you, and finally dying alone in your room. Yeah, I’d say my experience here in Japan has morphed into something new, but certainly not in a Kafkaesque manner. Now that I’ve finished I wish I had a classroom full of classmates to discuss it with, but for the time being I’ll just have to store my thoughts until (at least I’m crossing my fingers) I have to read it for some college lit. class down the road!

This is Grandma Kobayashi and Masahito as we enjoyed a dinner of Makizushi. Basically you take a roll of seaweed, put a spoonful of sushi rice in the middle and add all your favorite tops. You can mix and match to your heart's content. I love it!

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