Friday, October 20, 2006

One of those shoot me now moments. Week 2, Ueda

Week 2, Ueda

I would like to start by thanking my father for this wonderful laptop that he got me for my birthday. “Thank you father!” it’s great because not only is it a way for me to keep in touch with all of you, write in my journal (now on my laptop) and check my e-mail (when internet capabilities allow). But it also doubles as an awesomely great way for me to expand my vast music collection, now from all around the world.

I just finished dinner and my host-mom took my host-sister to her English class. Now, I’m sitting down here at the table next to my host-dad and we both have our computers out and we’re typing away. So, this week:

Tomorrow we will leave for our next city, Suita. So this week has been great. My education internship is in full swing. I now regret doing it, not really, but I just tell myself that. I don’t know what I was thinking when I applied for it. It’s not like we already are with the Cast from 8 in the morning till 6 at night then have to come home and attempt to converse with our host family until 11. O ya…I got to keep this blog up to date and write in my journal every night.

So, let’s just try to squeeze in 3 more hours of education intern stuff.

Other then being stressed out of my dome this week, it’s been absolutely AWESOME!!

I have an 18 year old host sister who speaks great English. We’ve been having a good time.

Sorry for this one being short, but I don’t have time to write it on the bus tomorrow. (Education meeting on the bus to Suita and any time left over is being used for sleeping purposes only)

I went to a sweet castle this week too, it was neat-o.

Thursday, October 19, 2006

Week One in Japan, Omura

All right…so here’s the plan (just to clue the rest of you in):

I will be writing at least once a week, on the travel day. Then I will post it when I achieve the internet.

SOO…I now have achieved the internet and after much technical difficulties I will be starting with week one in Japan, the city known as OMURA.

Omura, Week 1:

My host family this week consisted of a mother, a father, a brother and a sister who is married and lives close by. She and her husband were always by the house. Between all of them they only spoke a total of about five words (right now I feel like I could beat anyone in a game of charades), it was a lot of fun.

On the host-family day I went fishing out in the Nagasaki Bay.


There were three of us, host-dad, host-brother-in-law and me. We were on one of the smallest little fishing boats I have ever seen, out in the middle of the Bay. I don’t think scared even begins to describe the feeling I was having out on that little boat. But, I eventually got over it and had an amazing time. We caught over 100 fish.

We eventually started packing up to head back. So my host dad starts taking fish out of the tank we were throwing them into and tossing them into a cooler. The bigger ones he holds in both hands and rips the head back, almost completely off, then throws them into the cooler with the rest. (For reasons that seem obvious to me, I flashed onto that awesomely crazy fight scene in the first Kill Bill) There was almost that much fish blood everywhere. But wait, it gets better. He picks one up, is about to continue with his beheading procedure. Then stops, he reaches out, pushing the fish in my general direction with THAT look on his face. You know, the one where the eyebrows go up and the mouth goes down.

Translation into English: “Now it’s your turn”.

So, I can now say that I’ve ripped heads off of over 50 fish…I stopped counting around 30 or so.

They took me out for sushi that night.

Monday, October 16, 2006

It Has Begun!!

Ladies and Gentleman

I have some wonderful news! (Besides the fact that I have been eating a lot of Sushi)

I have the INTERNET for the next week!!

It is absolutely wonderful. I never realized how much it was needed in my life or how much I depended on it.

So, over the next couple of days I will be updating you all on my stay in Japan thus far.