Monday, August 03, 2009

First Weekend Out

I would give my eye teeth to be able to post pictures, but since I`m still on the dinosaur school laptop, not allowed to connect my own here and not having internet at home, you get stories only. For now. There are pictures, though, for later, I promise. Keeping my mind off of my plight of not having internet at home for gawd knows how long, it`s best to just not be home. Plus, there was a festival going on in "the city" Okayama City.

Here`s what`s been going on since my Friday post.
  • There was a rumor that we (another JET in my area) might be able to get our cell phones (this model - I chose the gold one) on Friday afternoon, but I didn`t get my hopes up. Good thing. Also, mysteriously, the powers that be seemed to think it a good idea to send one of our supervisors with us, one who speaks approximately zero English and speaks far more complicated Japanese than the lady at the cell phone store. An example of what I mean is that he`d be far more likely to describe a shape that`s square on all sides and made of cardboard than to call the goddamn thing a box. I don`t know if he does this to fuck with me or just doesn`t get it. (All good.) Friendly guy, kinda, just not user friendly for folks like us. Still, we got the additional paperwork we would need, the phones are ordered (we`d actually gotten that far the day before) and will be available tomorrow or Wednesday, and nobody really understands the cell phone plans or data plans, even Japanese people when it`s explained in their native language, but I`ll have access to email. Even when I`m not at work. That? Is kinda priceless right now.
  • Saturday morning the town was so quiet and quaint and pretty. I went to one of the few stores in town and found all kinds of foods you`d recognize but with Japanese packaging. I`d love to post pictures. Sometime I will. I`ll leave the rest about the odd flavors of KitKat bars for then, but I will say that some are surprisingly yummy!
  • Saturday afternoon, we headed into Okayama City to meet up with some other JETs that live in that area for the festival and had a great time seeing people all dressed up and performing. We went to a great ramen shop called Ippudo, then went to Okayama Castle, walked all through it, got great pictures I`ll have to share later, then wandered through the huge gardens and finally watched the fireworks explode over the lit up castle with some Japanese college students that had befriended our group while we were in line for food (takoyaki - octopus balls, yum!). It was beyond beautiful. The rain came and drenched us, but it felt so good after being so hot all day. We went to an izakaya for some food and a beer and then went to karaoke and a few too many drinks because it was a flat price for all we could drink. We could drink a fair amount.
  • Sunday we had lunch at my favorite chain restaurant for Japanese Curry, CoCo Ichiban, and by the time the train pulled into my station, I realized how happy I was to see my little slice of the middle of nowhere in the rice fields. I love going into the city, but I love coming home to my inaka.
Short day at school that ends right now so that we can go get our bank accounts set up. Hopefully there will be progress today on getting internet access at home before hell freezes as well, but I`m not holding my breath. I`m just glad Tom and I have been able to keep in touch via my landline (when he calls via Skype) and when I`m online at school and that I can write. Just wait till y`all get to see some of these pictures I can`t wait to share!

Gotta run. Miss reading your blogs.


  1. Wow. What an absolutely amazing adventure. Thank you so much for sharing it with us. I can't wait to see the pics! :)

  2. Glad to hear things are going well, some of the things you've been up to sound awesome (and a little crazy :)

  3. So glad you are able to keep blogging!!! woohoo! can't wait for the pics! sounds like a great time, so very very living vicariously through your traveling, i love it!

  4. Sounds like you're having a great time. I love the notion that Japanese is spoken on differing levels - like English sometimes is. But the idea of describing that 'box' rather than calling it a 'box' seems a bit extreme, to me. Have major amounts of fun, Darlin'.

  5. Ohh yes, can't wait to see the pictures!


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