Today is all about procrastination.
I put off doing an application for Prefectural Advisor because I “need” work to do next week. I put off washing my dishes by eating so I couldn’t wash them yet. I organized about 600 pages of handouts to put off studying Japanese and writing an article about sakura. And now I’m procrastinating on cleaning my room by writing to you all.
Actually tho, I’ve been a tad productive this week. But I have many writing projects coming up and I’m a bit stalled. Thus, here I am trying to warm the creative embers.
On Sunday, I bought the Japanese Manga “日本人の知らない日本語.”
It’s only been 3 days, but already I’m hooked. It’s easy enough for a neophyte like me to read, yet hard enough where my electronic dictionary is glued to my palm. The two best selling points to this book are:
1. They give me something to talk about with my teachers.
“What is this kanji?” “What does this mean?” “Feed me, I’m bored!”
2. I learn as I read.
This manga follows the adventures of a Japanese teacher interacting with foreign lunatics (like me!) and trying to come off smart when answering the deceivingly simple questions they ask. So I learn along with her students and my teachers laugh along with the author. Smiles all around.
Also, her blog is at http://uminonagiko.blog73.fc2.com/
Halfway Food in Japan
I say “halfway” because Japan does have these two foods, but I not in the same way as I have it back home.
First is OATMEAL. Actually, thanks to my lovely mother, I’ve been living off of flavored instant oatmeal packets for breakfast, lunch, and midnight snack for months now. They have oatmeal in Japan, but WHY God, WHY do they put stuff like THIS in it?
OMG, I just noticed that the image source is from Rocking in Hakata! *waves*
The second is BUTTERED POPCORN. They have it here salted and sweetened, but not buttered. What’s up with that Ja-paaaaaaaaaaaaan?
When moving around in cold weather, layers are essential. Due to this fact, I have developed a lethargic strategy: wear your pajama pants as a layer. Actually, I owe this idea to my friend D, but it’s pretty ingenious, don’t you think?
You wake up and your pants are already warm! You come home, tired from a long day of jelly bean tasting or whatever it is that you do and one button, zip, and pull later voila! You are ready for relaxing!
However, there are dangers.
For one thing, the little tying thingys are ALWAYS worming themselves out through the tiniest spaces and popping out my front side, clashing light purple against my business black. They do this STEALTHILY. WIthOUT any warning. Furthermore, no one will tell you even if there is something there. Vigilance is a must!
Secondly, if you are tired or rushed, you may forget to pull up the SECOND pair of pants. Like I did today. I pulled up my pajama pants in a hurry and ran out of the bathroom when I encountered a male teacher exiting the teacher’s room. I bowed a little (as is the custom), which forced me to look down and notice the horrible site of the flaps of my pants WIDE open for the world to see.
Luckily, my coat was long enough to cover up most of it and he didn’t notice. I think. I hope.
Jubeat is an arcade game my friends and are nutty about! Totally and seriously. Check it out.
Collective Animal Names
In today’s English conversation class I taught collective names of animals. I’d like to end today’s blog with some of my favorites.
Ape ——–> Shrewdness
Cockroaches -> Intrusion
Crow ——-> Murder
Elk ———> Gang
Hippo ——> Bloat
Jellyfish —-> Smack (My Fav)
Kangaroo –> Troop/Mob
Mouse —–> Mischief
Owl ——-> Parliament
Parrot —–> Company
Peacock —> Pride/Ostentation
Penguin —> Huddle/Colony
Raven —–> Unkindness/Storytelling
Rhino —–> Crash/Herd
Tiger —–> Swift/Ambush
Zebra —> Herd/Zeal/Dazzle