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|Current music:||Creed: Wash Away Those Years|
Subject matter is varied
So let's see. First thing's first:
Everyone needs to see Batman Begins. Because it's fricking AWESOME. I don't even *like* Batman and I was made insanely giddy and happy by everything the movie had to offer. The best thing was when it you knew it was concievable. That kicked. ^_^
So on Saturday I went to Viva City (the mall) to see Batman Begins. However it wasn't very well organized, and when some of us saw "at 6" we assumed it meant *leave* at 6, not *show* at 6. Not to mention none of the other people whose names were on the board had been in the lobby at any point during the day to see when people were leaving. So it ended up instead that me and 6 other guys biked to Viva City on our own in hopes that there was a later showing (which there was). Sadly though, it meant that we had 2.5 hours to kill at the mall before going to the movie, and while it was fun and fabulous shopping with a group of guys isn't the easiest thing in the world. I had a good time though, and it just proves once again that I need to make a point of going out more.
The best part about the whole trip? Icecream. Baskin Robins icecream. I've been craving sweet ever since I got here, and if I had to pay 5.00 for a double scoop cone I had no problem with that. Also, their movie popcorn was really good. Not too buttery, not too salty, not too fake. 4.00 for half an American large though, but that was fine. I've missed popcorn too.
After the movie let out we had to bike back to JCMU, which was interesting considering it was 1.00 in the morning, biking the backroads of Japan with our faint bikelights, not entirely sure how we got to Viva City in the first place and trying to remember how to get back. We did make it though, and I slept in (lovely!) the next day.
Today was interesting, first by the way it started. I went to bed at midnight last night (which is late by the way I've been sleeping here lately) and consequently slept late, which meant I had to scramble to finish off my unfinished homework, and then studied for the wrong test (kanji test instead of the vocab test we actually had). And it didn't help that I was practically falling asleep all morning.
After classes though, we were going to visit Shiga University in the city. Only Jing and I were running late, so we had to find our way by ourselves. It wasn't too bad, we saw the rest of the group by chance and caught up with them. We got set in groups of three, and sent off with guides. We actually got two, and the guy was really hot. But then, nearly all Japanese guys are really hot. Almost makes me wish a)I didn't have a boyfriend and b) could *speak* Japanese better to hit on them more. It wasn't helpful either that the other two JCMU girls in my group are tiny, and so were our guides...I felt big and bumbling, but at least I can say "I may be larger than you, but that means I get more curves so there!" Bah. I'm wondering if this pooch will *ever* go away, no matter how many situps and stretches I do, or how much I bike or walk, it just stays. I don't care if it's natural, I hate it.
Anyway, since I had been falling asleep all day I came back right away instead of hanging around and talking to students (which I need to go back and do anyway, because gorram it we have to do bloody interviews for our projects...which I'll get to in a minute) and talked to AJ for an hour before we both decided it was time to collapse from exhaustion. I took a lovely nap, my first in Japan.
Anyway, the project. Yes. So yesterday I had to meet with Onishi-sensei to talk to her about my project. I was originally intending to do the Tanabata festival (star festival) because it's on my birthday and I like fairy tales and stars...but I couldn't figure out many questions to ask, or what I wanted to discover about it. So basically I had to nix it, and rewrite my project proposal for a completely different topic in one night. Not fun, especially after I couldn't do kabuki and manga would be too broad, so I ended up doing No'h. Which NO ONE knows about. Everyone hates it, and really, so do I, except I figure I might be able to BS my way through some sort of "difference between traditional and contemporary theatre". Japanese people don't major in theatre. So I'm going to have to try and track down the Shiga Drama Club and talk to their members for my interviews. I have enough problems talking to strangers in English, trying to do it in a completely different language is driving me insane. Thank goodness this whole huge project is only worth 5% of our overall grade. The biggest portion? Midterms and Finals.
Guess who has their first midterm test on Thursday? Yeah. Goodie.
I'm studying as best as I can, and getting time in with Melville-sensei to practice my grammar, but i always feel like I lose it as soon as I leave the classroom. It's driving me nuts. I'm doing well enough on the homework, and getting good amounts of participation in in the classroom, but who knows how any of that will translate to the midterm. There are a total of 3 midterms and a final over the summer. At least if this first one goes horribly I'll know how to better study for the next one.
I'm making friends though, slowly but surely. The people I went to the Osaka Aquarium with (especially Alden and Andrea) have been making efforts to invite me out when they do things, since I idly mentioned I don't do things and I guess it's their project to get me out of my shell. I can't say I don't appreciate it, and I'm having fun going out more frequently. Also Dana, the person I first went out with, insisted I go to Coco's with her last night. Coco's is the restuarant attached to the center, and some things are expensive and others aren't, but I had a marvelous time. I'd already eaten but I went to keep her company, and I got fries (which are called "furaido poteito" or if you want the fancy, crinkle cut ones you ask for "pote pote poteito" which we both found hillarious) I also stole some of her cheesecake, because the waitress forgot to take my own order of cheesecake and I wasn't sure exactly how to correct the mistake in Japanese. It was really good, I'll have to go back sometime for it. A bit crumbly instead of creamy, but still good.
That's about it. Future plans:
Kyoto sometime? People are thinking about doing it next weekend instead of this weekend. Who knows.
Elementary School visit on Friday! Get to chat with students and teach them English songs etc, should be fun.
That's about it for now. I should get back to my studying, always studying. Yosh. *_*
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