Work, food, and the beach

Trip Start Jul 26, 2008
Trip End Aug 06, 2009

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Flag of Japan  , Miyagi,
Saturday, August 9, 2008

I'm starting to experience the frustrations people were talking about.  While I don't really mind the hours of nothing to do at school (welcome to the world of lab research), I'm struggling to find the balance between showing enthusiasm/following protocol and not bothering the teachers.  I want to get involved and be able to check my email, but I hate asking for things.  Guess that's something I'll have to overcome.  Also, I think I get frustrated too easily.  I need to remember: genki like Yankumi.  She never let anything get her down (I could use some Gokusen episodes). "Fighto-oh!"

After work on Friday, I went to the post office because they had a special delivery for me.  Since I had the slip with my info, there wasn't much explaining I had to try to do.  I also bought cute Heian Hello Kitty stamps.  Then it was off to Ujie to buy some groceries.  I went to the produce market next door afterwards.  Fruit is so expensive here, but I managed to get a bunch of grapes for 100 yen because they were old.  They tasted okay though.

Yesterday morning, I went to city hall to be officially introduced with Rachelle and Amy.  For dinner, I got invited to a party with the Tome Sister Cities group.  I wound up trying sea pineapple; it wasn't bad, but it had a weird aftertaste. Although they tried to get me to talk about Southlake, I wound up talking more about myself, especially my love for Japanese music.  I found out that my Johnny's obsession places me on the middle school/high school level.  While I enjoyed myself, it was kind of weird seeing people my parents' age getting drunk.  I wonder if school enkais (drinking parties) will be like this.

Today I went to the beach with some of the other Tome ALTs.  The beach was about an hour north of Tome.  Unfortunately I didn't have a bathing suit, and the open wound on my foot prevented me from even playing in the water.  Oh well, it was nice to be near the ocean.  We also met up with more JET people.  Afterwards, we went for okonomiyaki, which is a Japanese pancake with all sorts of yummy things added.  There, I met some friends of the second and third years.  I am sad that I missed out on the concert/rave/music festival (all I could tell from the flyer was that there was going to be DJs and MCs) though.  Maybe next time.
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