It's snowing in Tokyo.
Looks very pretty from my apartment.
I've not left the place yet, so I have nothing else to say about it!
Random thoughts, comments, observations and general fluff from a random bint who left London at the end of September 2004 to embark on a new life and new adventures in Tokyo, land of the cute.... and is leaving mid-June 2010 - and counting!
It's snowing in Tokyo.
On the way to a small dinner party yesterday, I was on the train, trying to text that I was going to be late (why am I ALWAYS late for everything these days?) when this voice next to me asks me, in English, what time the rush hour was on the train. I responded it's pretty much always rush hour ... anyway, it's a Chinese Canadian student. The Chinese-ness wouldn't be relevant to this story if it weren't for what came a bit later. So, anyway, she's a bit fed up that she's in Tokyo to visit relatives and they haven't broken up yet and, well, she's not happy trying to get around Tokyo by herself and can't find people to help her. I said, in amazement, that Tokyo-ites are SO helpful and friendly I was really surprised. She said, well, they don't speak English, do they? I asked her where she was heading, to change the subject, and she said she didn't know but she'd recognise the Kanji when she got there. I was a little surprised but asked her if she could read Kanji, to which she replied, with great indignation, of course she could, she was Chinese.
Did anyone ever notice that Sainsbury's (supermarket in the UK) chocolate coins come in the most strange currencies. I mean, it doesn't make them taste any less yummy or anything, but I just wondered.
Yay! Christmas is all over until, maybe October? Of course, if I were in England still, it would be all over until next August, when with the last flickering of the summer heat still being (with any luck) still some weeks away, all the Christmas decorations and cards would appear in the shops and Christmas promotions would begin. And you'd always get those smug bastards that would gloat as they told you that by October ALL their shopping had been done and they already ordered the biggest tree in the world. Or whatever. Bah!
I just want to wish happy holidays, good presents, well deserved rests and little hangovers to everyone. Don't eat too much!
I've mentioned the nice young people or freaks, depending on your perspective, who dress up outside Harajuku station and stand around having photos taken, as their parents did when their ages, e.g:
One of the people I was out with tonight, said culture shock will probably set in around six months. I've been here three. Thing is, I can't imagine that it will. I feel so settled here, and now my circle of friends - both Japanese and Gaijin is growing, I'm feeling even more so. It's nice. The only difficulty I have is with the language, and that can only get better. Maybe it's because I feel I'm so independent and adapt so well and so easily to new surroundings, experiences, etc, but I really can't imagine a sudden downturn in mood over this. I may, of course, be eating these words by the end of Spring. But we'll see!
Today I had one of the worse hangovers to memory. No throwing up, no headache, but I felt very green and my stomach didn't forgive me all day, especially as I'd bumped it along on my bike this morning.
(firstly can I just swear my head off at the long post that just disappeared?)
... are my latest discovery from the Pocky range. Soooooo nice. Pocky, for the unitiated are sort of like bread sticks but much thinner and normally coated in chocolate. A bit of a Japanese addiction - to some of my students anyway.
Now I think I understand what job satisfaction is: happy students who you can see progress and who tell you they like you and you're good and they learn better with you than their previous teacher and why don't you have room in your schedule for them to see you more often. I'm a happy bunny!!! (I've also had receptionists telling me students enjoy my classes.)
How many millions of disposable chopsticks must the Japanese get through every day?
Today I only got given two packets of tissues. Normally on a Monday I get lots more. I think my record for free packs was last Monday when I got 8 or 9.
I was going to write about my students, and started the post, but it was too boring.
Coming from England, I'm more than used to being blasted out with Xmas music every Xmas time in shops, shopping centres, etc. Here though, the versions they are playing are truly offensive to the ears. I'm talking about very strange jazzed up electrified versions of santa claus is coming to town, etc. Unbearable. It's like being stuck in lift WITH lift music playing at you. And it's everywhere. Horrible. I miss the old pop 'faves' that get rolled out every year though: you know, Last Christmas and all those. Though I have heard a couple of them here. Just as stranged up versions!