Chapter Nine: New friends and I need a new pot

Trip Start Mar 11, 2006
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Wednesday, April 5, 2006

Okay so Hirosaki is COLD. I havent yet purchased a fluffy toilet seat cover but you can be sure it is at the top of my priority list.
Its not so big and not so small here, it takes me about 40 minutes to walk to the Hirosaki castle which is in the centre of town, and about 10-15 mins to walk to school. The laundry is less than ten minutes away, but people it costs 500yen to wash one load. Lucky I bought tons of clothes and now I will make them last as long as possible. I mean seriously, once I dry them thats like 10 bucks in NZ...thats like fish and chips for a whole family. Ok a small family. Ok just me....anyway across the road from that, I just found out last night, is a SECOND HAND STORE. And I hear there are 2 more within walking distance. WOOHOO!!! Plus there is a supermarket and a drugstore about 10 minutes in the other direction. So my apartment is in a good spot, really...oh by the way, while talking last night to a student from Germany named Melanie, I ascertained that NONE of the apartments on my block have bathroom sinks. Everyone brushes their teeth in the kitchen sink. I have been brushing mine in the shower recently but I think the kitchen sink is a better option, I shall employ it tomorrow.
In other news, yesterday I took my Japanese test, the one which tells me what level I am at. Now, I dont need a test to tell me I suck, but apparently everyone had to take it so there I was yesterday in the room with everyone else for 3 hours zoning out after 10 minutes and the level got harder...in the end Michael (from Tennessee) Alistair (from Calgary CA) and I just left, shaking our heads, and spent the next half an hour on google earth, pointing out our houses and waiting for everyone to finish.
Yesterday morning I was in a bit of an oh-no-im-never-gonna-make-any-friends-here pit of despair (ooh the pit of despair...it wasnt that bad folks) but there is a group of students from different places who are pretty cool and we were all best friends by the end of the night. We went to some Japanese place and ate some weird slimy stuff, and then went to KARAOKE until about 2:30. It was hilarious.
Actually I must mention here that I FOUND THE THAI PEOPLE. There are 6 Thai girls here from Chiang Mai and they are awesome. We speak a mixture of Japanese, English and Thai and the one girl lives in the apartment below me and she is apparently the best one at cooking Thai food. This is good news.
There is one girl here from Brazil and dude, she speaks 5 languages. 5. So awesome. She already taught me some Portuguese. There are two French guys, one of whom is a genius and can remember kanjis like a machine, a few Americans, one Aussie, and the one dude is from Egypt and THAT IS SO COOL.
Anyways, the other day, I burnt my miso soup in the morning because I forgot I had left it on the stove. Luckily I had closed the door to the living room area so the smoke was limited to the kitchen. ANyway the smell is still there even though I threw out the pot and the ladle. I bought air freshener and sprayed like a crazy person but everytime I walk in Im like AAAAAAAAAAAAAGHHHHHHHHHHH. What should I do?? I opened all the windows and everything that morning. Mike said I should cook something else to get a new smell in there but frankly Im a bit afraid of cooking.
I bought some weird corn fritter things the other night at the supermarket. I have discovered that if you go late at night, all the prepared food is on sale. I am never shopping in the daytime again.
Speaking of shopping, I have decided that clothes shopping is not for me. Except for Uniqlo or however it is spelt. That place is awesome.
I am looking for work right now, I have a few people who have been here longer than me checking out some stuff too. I think I have to go to Aomori to get some paper about it and have it stamped or somthing. The beaurocracy in this country is astounding...
Becky
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gayna
gayna on

yes! you can cook
Remember that fantastic pie you made us so beautifully decorated, and then there are your famous chocolate chip cookies and salads. Your quiche was perfection - wow. You have soup running in your blood and of course you are an expert at reading recipes. Yes C is for crouch and cholesterol (check yours to see) Disasters are part of the cooks journey - there is not time to reminisce about my cooking faux pas but after many years I still have panic and anxiety about boiling eggs.....yes! you can cook. I believe in you. You just keep cooking miso wonderfully until the old memory disipates and is replaced by the new and successful ones.

nzaussie
nzaussie on

Kimi no haha wa gako ni iku
hahahahahaha - if you haven't figured that one out - its says - your mom goes to college - well at least .. thats what its supposed to...
glad to see you have gone found some friends - good job... and thai people... wow shock horror... lol.... no its awesome that you are getting all settled... mi uber proud of you beckymon~~

its getting colder and more damp over here.... i'd like to atart a petition to bring back summer.... going to a Jam Party on saturday (not the preservative kind) will be taking my guitar - but think perhaps i will provide the vocals since i know i can keep those in tune :o) haha...

xx ~ Taramon

katiep
katiep on

Rock on Uniqlo!
Hey Becky,
Glad to hear that you are settling in and making some friends and I have to say I'm not at all shocked that you've managed to find the only Thai people in all of Hirosaki. You are a magnet for Thais.
3 hour test??? What's up with that?? How are all the classes going? What papers did you choose?
Have the sakura hit yet or still too cold?

All good here. Going to Christchurch this weekend coz it's Easter so 4 whole days off! Can't wait. Lis brought her baby in to meet us today coz we had a shared lunch for April birthdays (but nobody brought icecream - oh we miss you). He small, red and cute! We made sushi on Sunday and it was actually edible.

Susie on

Can you give me a rundown of your daily activities compared to what an American would do? Like the time you get up, do you shower or bath, is it in the morning or at night? What you eat for breakfast, lunch and dinner? Is work different in Japan than America? Are there daycares or what do people do with their kids when out at work? What tv shows are popular to watch? What is your nightime routine before bed? I have tried to find this info for a school paper but have found nothing, can you help?

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