Chapter 21: Atsukuteshinisou
Trip Start Mar 11, 2006
36Trip End Feb 09, 2007
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As you know, we went to Tokyo this weekend, and it was quite fun. The bus ride (9 hours) was murder, luckily while we were there I bought a pillow at the Jumpshop, which sells anime and Manga merchandise, so at least Andy and I could be relatively comfortable on the way back. It worked quite well but still wasnt fun. We arrived back in time for me to drop my stuff off at home and go straight to school, where I spent a glorious hour in the presence of Oyama sensei who needless to say is the weirdest person in the history of mankind. Thom has started to call her Bitey, for reasons only known to him.
Aagh genki lady is behind me!
Right so I had an exam on Friday, before we went to Tokyo, and it was about certain kinds of pottery and cloth and history of lacquering in Tsugaru(this part of Japan) and frankly I wrote a bunch of randomness, but I wrote alot and I think more than anyone else. I was first finished too...something is wrong...(Russian accent...Lilo and Stitch anyone?) ANyway, later that night I went to speak about New Zealand to a small English class where some lady asked me to go. It was really fun and I didnt even get paid.... I ended up singing a Maori song to them and then the one old guy said he wanted to sing me a Japanese song, to which he forgot the words halfway through. It was really cool though and I am glad I went. They were such nice people.
In other news, yesterday I got my hair cut. I actually had it chemically straightened and cut, but its not that straight and frankly I am not that impressed. Maybe it will be better after a few days and I wash it...we will see.
The three hours that I spent in the hair salon were the weirdest of my life. No one in there speaks English AT ALL and when they tried to say stuff I wanted to laugh. The one girl wrote IMAGINE on her hand and asked me in Japanese what it meant. SHe was so overly happy when I explained it to her it was a bit disturbing. She was the same one that brought a book over halfway through which contained photos of a small teddy bear in different places, and made me go through the whole thing commenting on the cuteness of the bear on every page. I thought I was going to pass out... Thom came with me and had his hair cut and spent the time laughing at what wasw going on next to him, ie me and the entourage of people I had talking to me in Japanese for the three hours. Two people perpetually painting or drying my hair, one asking me stupid questions, showing me random books and inviting herself to New Zealand to stay at my house, and one standing behind me being amused and asking me if Thom was my boyfriend. Shudder. (Sorry Thom its nothing personal...) Meanwhile the guy cutting Thoms hair kept asking the girl drying mine to ask me to ask Thom certain things, like, is this length ok for his fringe. The girl would ask me in Japanese, I would ask Thom in English, and then tell the guy cutting Thoms hair. So hilarious. It all worked out ok thought and Thom and I went to take purikura at the end of it. Then I had two baitos, one after the other, after which I went to help Andy correct this teachers thesis on European Subsidiaries from Japanese MNEs. It is possibly the most boring thing ever written and the English is so ridiculous and makes so little sense that at least it redeems itself a little by providing such entertaining sentences as *knowledge embedded in the European host country* and the subsidiaries strengths are able to be gained by subsidiaries toward customers.*
SHINUKAMO. Anyway today I am going to play basketball with a couple of Americans and a bunch of Chinese guys, which I have determined to do every week, for exercise purposes, otherwise I will not be doing anything at all.
Write again soon