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Tuesday, December 20, 2005

It's Getting Better もっと良くなっている

So the Forget-The-Year party was a yawnfest. We did have some yakiniku and I did meet some interesting people, but the highlight of the evening was this nominally orange drink, which tasted like Pine-Sol. And no, there was no alcohol in it.
忘年会じゃなくて欠伸会だった・・・焼肉が食べられたし面白い人に会ったけど、その夜の一番興奮する時はこのみかん汁っぽいの飲み物。掃除液の味だった。いいえ、酒が入ってなかったよ。

On Sunday I met up with Liz from Higashiyama and we went to JTB to help book a flight/hotel for her Okinawa trip in March. I was ostensibly there to translate so she bought me lunch. We met up and went downtown, where through a series of events ended up taking Yuuko, the super basketball/soccer player, to lunch with us. We ate at Don, this great little ramen shop near the station. After sorting out JTB, we browsed in a pottery shop, but we also found a great little store which sells imported foodstuffs from the Phillipines - including, for some reason, chocolate milk and root beer!! I went there today and bought more ...
日曜日に東山のリズに会って三月の沖縄旅行の飛行機と旅館を予約する為にJTBに一緒に行った。通訳する為に朕を 連れて来て昼ごはんをご馳走してくれた。 会ってから駅前の町に行ってついに籠球・足球の天才のゆうことも一緒に昼ごはんを食べに行った。どんというちいちゃいラーメン屋で食べた。駅に近いし美味 しいと思うよ。JTBの事が終わってから陶芸屋でちょっと買い物したけど、本当に珍しい小さなお店を見つけた。アジア商品を輸入しているけど大体フィリピ ン製の物だ。でも、不明な理由でチョコレート牛乳とルートビアも売っている!今日も行ってもっと買った・・・

The grocery store boasts a collection of boastful apples.
大八百屋が自慢しているりんごを自慢していうる。

Chris complained that he didn't know what my apartment looked like. Well, I cleaned it, so here you are.
クリスが朕のアパートはどうか知らないと文句を言っていた。じゃ、掃除したので、どうぞご覧。

There was also a Christmas Festival this weekend and the place I do the Monday Night English at. Not much to do with Christmas, though, of course. There was Speed Kimono Wearing, featuring the lovely Aya. I also made a Christmas Quiz, with questions like "What do kids hang by the fireplace? A: Gloves B: Stockings C: Pants D: Underwear" to which one old woman actually answered D! Hahaha!
週末には朕が月曜日の夜に英会話授業をやっている建物で クリスマス祭があった。クリスマスとあまり関係なかったけどね・・・快速着物着大会で亜矢は主役で す。「贈り物をもっと貰う為に、子供達が暖炉の上に何かを掛ける。何を掛けるでしょうか?A:森 B:ストッキング(長い靴下) C:ズボン D:下着」 のような質問が入っている朕が作ったクリスマス・クイズを見せた。一人のおばあさんがDと答えた!いいな、このおばあさん!

And this is Tae Kwon Do merged with Tai Qi, I think, though I did not read the program very closely.
これは跆拳道と太極拳が混ざっている運動かもしれない、でも説明公告をあまり読まなかった。

Jingle Bells in Mandarin was very entertaining. After this was finished it was the English group's turn, but I put a little twist in it - I gave 'White Christmas' with the pronunciation written in katakana above the lyrics, so everyone in the audience could sing. It actually went pretty well!
北京語でのジングルベルを聞くのは楽しかった。終わってから英語部の番だった・・・でも、朕が予定をちょっと変えた!「ワイト・クリスマス」の歌詞の上にカタカナを書いて皆に出したので皆が一緒に歌えた。実は・・・上手く出来ました!

It snowed on Monday, though, so biking to school was fun. In fresh snow it's actually not too bad! The roads were very pretty as the cars hadn't gone through them yet.
月曜日は雪が降ったので学校まで自転車に乗るのは楽しかった(笑)。新しい雪なら実はそんなによくないよ!車があまり出てないので道は綺麗だった。

There was some controversy a while back in Japan when it was revealed that a whopping number of people don't pay into the pension plan. So, in the time-honoured Japanese tradition of educating the masses, there's a poster camapaign. Still, I like this one.
なんか年金を払ってない人が多いが新聞に載っていたんじゃない?皆に教え込む為に、また看板だ。まいや、実はこっちのが好きだけど・・・

Mmm boy, nothing better than kim chee, except perhaps Japanese Style kim chee! Simply remove all flavour and spiciness.
わい、キムチより美味しい物は和風キムチしかないでしょう?作る為にただ味と辛さを全部消して。

And today I got mobbed by first-graders. As usual.
今日も一年生に襲われた。普通だね・・・

Well, I got my bus ticket, I'll be going down to Tokyo on the night of the 22nd (at 11:50 pm). The 23rd is going to be a fun-filled day; see the Emperor in the Imperial Palace in the morning, go to Yasukuni Museum in the afternoon, and see the Yamato movie in the evening! All by my damn self because everyone has pretty much gone home or is working.
よし、バスの旅行券を買った!22日の夜は東京に行く。23日は楽しくなると思う;朝は皇居で天皇陛下に会った、午後は靖国博物館を見て、そして夕方は男達の大和を見る!殆ど皆がもう帰国したか働いているので一人で行っちゃうけど・・・

4 Comments 論評:

  • First graders? Man, they look kinda big. I guess McDonald's is doing its magic over there.

    Don't forget the I (heart) Emperess shirt, and lots of pictures of the Yasukuni museum for me.

    By Anonymous Charlene, at 12/21/2005 4:51 AM  

  • A store in Japan that sells root beer????
    I guess I should ask what kind? There's a foreign foods store in our area that sells Dads brand root beer, but that doesn't really count.

    I know what you mean by the traveling alone. In an effort to avoid traveling by myself (cuz it's f'ing boring), I decided just to stay put this vacation. I'm going up to Sapporo in February for the Snow Festival instead. :D

    By Blogger MNJetter, at 12/21/2005 7:32 AM  

  • I'm looking at where your hands are with those two girls and I'm not liking it.

    Also, that isn't enough in regards to photos of your apartment. We need an inside view, an inside looking out, and an outside looking in.
    That way I can picture where you sleep every night when I sleep.

    creepy?

    By Anonymous Chris, at 12/21/2005 10:17 AM  

  • To Charlene: Oh yeah, I'll be taking lots of pictures of the museum assuming I'm not assigned an armed guard. And I'll start asking around how I can make an armband that says 'Aiko for Empress!'. Keep in mind that I'd NOT like to be mobbed by right-wing activists, because I probably couldn't take them all on by myself.

    To MNJetter: It's Hires brand root beer - according to the dubiously wonderful resource Wikipedia it is the first commercial brand of root beer and therefore the most authentic! Do you happen to have a Yamaya near you? I know they sell imported alcohol so they MIGHT have other kinds of drinks ... Good decision on staying put. This is my first year in Japan with money so I'm doing the traveling thing, but I probably wont't do it next year. Nice that you're going to the Snow Festival!

    To Chris: I ask that you wait until the weather warms up. And for your information, those girls grabbed ME and placed my arms in that position. Better than another one who enjoyed biting my green sweater thingy.

    By Blogger 羽之助, at 12/21/2005 5:33 PM  

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