Today I noticed I misspelt the name of my college in the Japanese-style business card I had prepared: instead of 「哲学文学人文科学部」, I wrote 「哲学文学人文科学科部」. I have like 500 of those things and I’ve been giving them to everyone. People were kind enough not to mention the mistake to the self-styled kanji researcher.
Woke up to bad dreams & general bad feeling. Luckily, all I have to do to improve my mood in this country is to go outside.
I skip breakfast, still full from last night. Even at lunch I can’t have much of anything. It’s a good feeling.
We had a pleasant light rain in the morning—and heavy, ecstatic wind by noon.
Just a quick heads-up: I’m still taking notes about life in Japan every day, be it on the moleskine or directly on the computer. I’ve just stopped publishing them because transcribing & editing, however lightly, was taking too much time. I’m favoring the experiencing self a bit more now (after all, poor experiencing self went through like 30 hours of hell on Mount Fuji; I’m generously rewarding him with tons of wagashi).
Welp! One third of the time’s already gone.
Woke up early to yet another mystery call; a man who said “good evening” (in English) before hanging up, around five in the morning. What’s up with this phone? This is starting to feel uncomfortably like a typical plot of Japanese horror cinema.
I dozed back into bed, and later, instead of doing due homework, spent a half-hour answering a question in the Internet (“What is the max number of moras a kanji character can have?“).
After all the studying last week I was feeling confident; but when the weekly quiz came for real I didn’t do all that well. Continue Reading →
Someone called my room at three in the morning. I took the phone the third time, but there was no answer, not even an African-sounding language like the other time; just some background noises. Luckly, by now my body has taken to a healthy rhythm—sleep around 23h, wake up by 7h—and not even the Great August Deity who Illuminates the Heaven at four-fifty stops me from sleeping again.
Hellish hot sunny day. Spent it feverishly trying to finish the report before deadline. What do you mean, “outside”?
I’m kind of bothered that even now I couldn’t take any good shots of the mountains. Continue Reading →
Has the backlog really built so much? We’re in day 19, and here’s the draft to day 15 still unpublished…
Another day of studying, and since I didn’t even carry the moleskine, it makes for a particularly skimpy post.
Stayed up until late overloading my Anki a little bit with kanji for the quiz today, but it turns it it was tomorrow. Ops.
Has it really just been twelve days? It feels so long already.
With all the tourism and shopping and photos, I didn’t really do any homework during the weekend. I started yesterday, at a leisure pace because it was due tomorrow. Or so I thought, but turns out they were for today. Ops. Continue Reading →
Yesterday I found out about a nearby shrine catering precisely to my interests, thanks to Ru’s help, and I still want those linen clothes, & I think: Why not today? Sure, my feet hurt even going to the elevator, but… Too bad for you, feet! Migiashi-kun, hidari-ashi kun, you’ll have a lot of time to loaf around during class days—today carry me to see Japan, please.
Warning: Image-heavy post!