w00h00! Survived the typhoon! It started earlier than Monday, at about 6 p.m. Sunday evening. The wind gusts were pretty powerful here and there. There actually wasn't as much rain as I thought there would have been. It really did sound just like Harvest Moon 64. I was happy that Grant could come online while it was happening to hear it. I was also a bit terrified at first, but it got better after awhile and then it was just kind of cool. I woke up the next morning and it was already done. It was actually a really beautiful day. You would have never known there was a typhoon.
We had one of the 3-hour classes and then the American students from Seijo (Me, Evan, and a graduate student) were invited to have lunch with some people from the American Embassy. Or something. One of the men came here and gave a speech on Green Innovation and how to save the earth and stuff. Deep stuff. They were all pretty formal, so I don't think I quite fit in. I kept asking them questions and the woman next to me was very nice. She was the easiest to talk to, but then the man kept looking at me like he wanted to ask me something but didn't. So, I kept asking him questions as I ate a sandwich I wish didn't exist. I told him he should go to Shibuya and Harajuku, but a foreign woman with a cool accent said that she would recommend other places as those are more for the young crowd. But I insisted he should try Karaoke and a sushi kaiten. I'm not sure if I convinced him though. It was nice of them to invite us to lunch though.
After lunch, I scurried home to change for track practice. I met up with Yuuki and it was just us and Sou so far. Mondays, usually everyone does their own thing. Sou went to the training center and Yuuki wanted to go for a long jog, so a jog we went on! It was really fun talking with him again. We explain to each other things in our languages that are confusing to the other person. We ran for maybe 45 minutes? It didn't seem like it. It was really awesome to see new parts of the town I haven't explored yet. Yuuki said he looked at the UWM site for possibly studying abroad there. Oh jeez, is he ready for Milwaukee? XD
After grocery shopping, I went home and pretty much just did homework, studied, and then read a little bit.
Today was a rest day today (boooo, hate these days) so no working out. I went to the other 3-hour class and I really liked my outfit today...
Wendy and I got to have lunch with Yuki and Yuuki today. Wendy said she was going to the gym after. I'm really proud of her! She's also bringing her own lunches to school. I think that's just really awesome. I had to fight the urge to go with her.
I came home and got to video chat with Lauren, Shawn in the background, Beth, and Grant for a bit. The effects don't get old...well the sound effects do. BETH.
I've been mainly studying here since and thought that I should post some thoughts about being here I've had on my ipod Notes that I write at random times throughout the day.
"I dreamt of Pam spray. I must really miss it."
They actually don't have cooking spray here, that I know of. I miss coconut spray more. Almost, dream, almost.
Oh here's a growing list of some of the things I like here:
bathroom sound button
boys take care of their hair
can take a train to anywhere
a lot of bikers and walkers
parasol for the sun"
So my microwave knows when the time I put in is too much. It's crazy! I put a potato in the microwave and it stops a few seconds later if it thinks it will overcook with the amount of time put in. Amazing. Thanks for the awesome potatoes, microwave. We had our differences at first, but I think I'm getting to understand you better.
Bathroom sound button. 'nuff said.
Cleanliness. This is both a plus and a hindrance. Big word, I know. There are certain days to throw out certain garbage. For example, Tuesdays and Saturdays in this town are for combustibles. So you put your trash bin in the designated area.
Boys take care of their hair. So do girls really. I noticed that when I'm in the bathroom, girls are like this in the mirror for a few minutes:
Then I see boys doing their hair in mirrors, store's glass wall reflections, and just on the streets like this:
So really, there isn't much difference with guys and girls for hair care here. But apparently there's a difference between Americans and Japanese people. I'm proud to represent.
And then the trains. 'Nuff said. They're just awesome. Except when you take the wrong one. >___<
Then, there's a lot of bikers and walkers here always. There are quite a few places that people "park" their bikes, like this lot:
And then there's the whole "protect me from the sun because I have beautiful porcelain-looking skin" in the form of parasols bit that I think is a great idea.
There are also really funny sun hats that look like oversized poker visors that people wear when biking. But they probably are great for protecting your eyes from the sun without getting a funny tan, too.
There are also sun sleeves you can wear. It's pretty much what it sounds like. Slip on sleeves and they protect you from the sun. I haven't seen too many people wear those though.
So yeah, that's it for now. I mean, I love so much more, but those just needed to be written down and explained. I'll have another post for the Notes I wrote for "Customs Not Used to Yet" another time.