Self-intros, finished! Welcomes, maybe done.
Trip Start Jul 26, 2008
98Trip End Aug 06, 2009
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I wonder if my feet grew overnight because my elementary school indoor shoes, which fit snugly, are now too small
In the afternoon, the junior high school ALTs got together at Lucy's house to make prize boards for the speech contestants. After that, we went to the Tome International Friendship Association's welcome party. I finally met the last of the new JETs, a guy from Canada named Matt. I also got to see the high school ALTs, who came through Interac, again (we briefly met at karaoke). Yohei and Miyuki were there too. Near the end of the party, we did a little karaoke. They didn't have the newer songs, and I thought I was familiar with Koda Kumi's "1000 no Kotoba". Apparently not.
Since I mentioned that I wanted to get involved in the Toyoma fall festival, Dr. Takahashi let me join his community. Each section of the town is building a float and hosting drum and flute practice
For whatever reason, I wound up being called "Jenni". Why do I always get stuck with that nickname? Usually my name gets pronounced "Je-ni-faa", but many people struggle with the last syllable. They don't seem to like "Jen" very much either (I think it's the "n" that makes it weird). Oh well, I answer to anything.
Glossary (I'm going to see if this works better.)
shamisen - Japanese guitar; look up "Yoshida Brothers"
yakitori - "fried bird", roasted chicken on a skewer