Saturday, January 30, 2010
Friday, January 29, 2010
HAPPY BIRTHDAY MOM!! お誕生日おめでとう！！ I hope you’re having a great day =)
I got to skip school again today (another day of ずる休み！For my Japanese followers :] ). This morning I woke up at 4:30 in order to go to Gunma Prefecture with my host dad and Shima, one of the workers at the Hiyashia store, in order to pick up 100,000 fish!! That’s right, we loaded up 100,000 inch-long Ayu fish into their fish-transporting-beast of a truck and drove them back to their new home here in Nakagawa. Although I am not at all a morning person I did find a great deal of peace riding passenger seat in a tall truck driving the deserted Japanese back roads at 5 in the morning, an enormous full moon hovering just off the horizon dead ahead of us. The light from the giant golden globe lit the passing fields, forests, and sleeping houses in a perfect yellow glow. It was a very fun drive and excursion. Well worth missing school! I had never been to Gunma Prefecture either (it’s the region to the West of Tochigi-ken where I’m living), so I am able to cross that off my list as well now. That makes eleven Japanese prefectures (“states”) that I have been to now. I’m very lucky to have seen so much. Hopefully that will continue until I leave in mid-July.
Wednesday, January 27, 2010
Tuesday, January 26, 2010
Monday, January 25, 2010
The long weekend that I took with Bruce Dalgaard in Tokyo was, as I mentioned before, absolutely fantastic. I love the city and being with someone like Bruce who knows it so well is always a treat. It makes me excited to think that years from now I will be bringing friends and family to Tokyo with the conviction that it is “my city.”
I made great new friends with Michiyo and her daughter Anna, along with a couple of Bruce’s past students. One being an American from New York named Stefanie Horton and the other Saeko Kojima who is now a professor here in Japan but Bruce calls her “his Japanese Daughter.” The delicious food, stimulating conversation, and long nights out in the city were what I’ve been looking forward to above all else.
I am now far too busy to write a long, detailed report about everywhere I went, but I hope a giant photo collection with suffice for everyone. I’ll attach them below. Enjoy!