Published: August 26th 2010August 26th 2010
playing Uno with Saria and Mana
Good morning, I thought to myself with a GROAN at approximately 4:30 a.m. Actually, I was wondering WHY?! After spending some time eating, trying to get the Japanese television remote to work, and doing some calisthenic exercises, I wondered off for a run. Eventually, I ran into Yamagato park, which actually has some sweet paths to explore. I ran awhile through the streets, park, got lost a couple of times, but found my way back. The run was hot, sunny, and lovely. What better place to explore than Yokohama, Japan? There is something liberating about not having either a phone, knowing the language, or even having an agenda. I felt free today- it was nice.
After getting cleaned up, I met two wonderful students from the school I will be teaching in. Autumn and I spent the afternoon cooking, eating, watching, "Joy Ride," and playing games. We played cranium, uno, and B.S. also known as 疑い- which is pronounce "dow-to". Sounds similar to "doubt," right? The food and the girls were a blast and I definitely enjoyed myself, plus I had a couple of students to practice my Japanese on. More than once the girls began rolling with laughter over
The girls, Autumn, and I
a mispronounced word or phrase. For lunch, we were making spaghetti and salad. I thought I would open the package of rice noodles that I bought. After opening, they smelled a little fishy. After asking the girls what it was, it was translated as "Devil's Tongue" or "Jelly Fish". It tasted pretty good, but definitely not with the spaghetti sauce.
In the evening I experienced what a "packed" subway train in Japan felt like. We crammed ourselves into the subway and headed for Zushi Beach. The beach was fantastic and the fireworks lit up the sky. The fireworks were more beautiful tonight than I have ever seen. The atmosphere was so in awe and appreciative of the night's beauty and the music livened everyone's mood. Of course, it didn't hurt that on the way to the beach I got my first Japanese Starbuck's coffee. The drink was something to be savored and of course served as an energizing pick-me-up!
On the return trip, a possibly drunk, Japanese man told me I was as beautiful as the sun shining. I forget what words he used, but Autumn thought one of the words was kind of a mature/old fashioned type
The crowd at Zushi Beach
word. Odd...Oh, and I must not forget. I had my very first convenience store dinner, it was phenomenal. I couldn't decide what I wanted to ended up with a seaweed wrapped triangle rice/fish thing (onigiri), a circular sticky rice with fish (sushi- oddly enough), tofu wrapped sweet rice, and a container of fried rice and curry (obento box). Lets just say half of my food is still in the fridge. I am really wondering if I will have to embrace Julia Robert's character's advice in "Eat Pray Love". When she tells her friend in Italy- EAT- and buy bigger pants!
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