In an effort to shorten my posts, I should probably post more. That said, training is this week and I can’t promise how often I’ll be up to the task. I figure I might want to get one last post in before my 8am-9pm training days begin. Yeah, you read that correctly. So crazy! Yesterday was pretty relaxing. I got to hang out with Yoko-san, her mother and her father (both very kind) and we enjoyed a lovely “French” lunch together. Her father was so bold as to tell me not to eat very much so I don’t get fat, and ask me if I have any boyfriends (plural). Yoko-san said “Please don’t mind my father! He is so weird!” It was entertaining though, and that’s what counts!
For lunch I had a hamburger, which in Japan is more like a Salisbury steak. No bun, and soaked in a sauce of some sort. They asked me if I want bread or rice with my lunch. The funny part was they said “rice.” As in, it was said in English. I asked why this was done. It was explained that since we were in a French restaurant, they use the English word for rice. Huh. Interesting. I’ve noticed that here and there. They’ll prefer to use English words for terms they have a Japanese equivalent to. It just depends on the situation. Why? I don’t know. Everyday I learn new things
As I practice and re-learn my kanji, I realize that being an artist is going to make this a tad easier. Sometime glimpse kanjis and can replicate them from one look. It’s a pretty neat trick… when I get it right. Otherwise I look like an idiot. Thankfully, most kanjis are just pictures. There is only so much kanji I can handle in one day, though.
Today involved a lot of waiting. I rode the bus to Narita, then to the hotel where training is held and then I had to wait more. I’ve been meeting a lot of fascinating people from around the world, though. That’s a definite plus. Most who are here have already lived in Japan for a short while. It seems I’m in a minority having only visited once before. It also seems that my conversational Japanese is considerably less than others. Fantastic! Now I feel doubly uneducated. While I’m trying not to be nervous about training, I have to admit that the next two weeks are big steps for me. I hope I can keep myself in one piece. I’m ready to be in Sakai-machi in my semi-furnished apartment.
If you don’t hear from me, just know that I am working very hard and trying to learn lots of great stuff.