More fun should be on the menu every day. I had a number of adventures during Golden Week this year and I am hoping I can continue having weekends like that instead of weekends spent indoors (thanks rainy season!). During Golden Week I went to a small uninhabited island called Komakajima. I went snorkeling and then ended up meeting some guys from Kansai who were all about the post-grad dental school life. Their English was fantastic. I was really impressed. Then we went to Cafe Kurukuma in Chinen for Thai food and started speaking in Japanese and I just wished my Japanese speaking ability was much better. I could understand their questions, but my ability to answer them was limited. There was a tiny bit of tension that arose, which I couldn't completely understand. I think it might have been a cultural issue as in the way we Americans were speaking so directly, even in Japanese. That being said, they were asking a number of questions that began to feel a bit interrogative. Still, it was a great experience. I want to do this more often. I want to meet new people on a daily basis.
|You're thinking "いいな".|
Anyways, today I had no classes so I studied 日本語 and read William Zinsser's "On Writing Well." If you're a writer or interested in writing, I recommend his book. I also went to the mechanic today and got my car re-juiced (ATF and Oil change). The mechanic reminded me of a Japanese version of mechanics back home in Florida. I am serious. Even the way he spoke his Japanese made me think of particular people I know. He and I had a discussion on how English was difficult (he asked me if I taught at the high school nearby and I said yes, I did). He then asked me if I was studying Japanese and I said, yes I was, albeit slowly. I told him how I had such a hard time with kanji and with being able to remember certain verbs for some reason. He said that he couldn't understand kanji either and while most Japanese will tell you this, I have to admit that I believed him when he said this. I think kanji takes so much time to learn, especially the way its taught in this country and not everyone has the ability to learn a particular way (visually or orally). I know I'll probably never master it. I'm okay with that though...
I'm okay with all of it.