Hey, guys! Tanie here. Been a few days since I last posted, huh? sorry. ^^;; The day after my last post, I didn’t do anything at all, really, so I didn’t feel the need to post anything. ><
Actually, now I feel like my days are all jumbled together. I have to think about what I did on what day so that I can actually write about it. o.o;;
Right, so, on Sunday and Monday, I did nothing. ^^;;
Tuesday, we went to the Tokyo campus of my university. My school has two campuses. One is here in Saitama’s Higashimatsuyama, and the other one is in Tokyo’s Itabashi. I went to visit the one in Tokyo, along with all the other international students. It was interesting to see. We got a campus tour and got to see the library and whatnot. Then, we had to do a disaster drill. ._. It was kind of weird. We had to show that we knew how to use a fire extinguisher, but they were made especially for training usage, so they were full of water. ;D We got to shoot those as wooden blocks that had fire painted on them. Lol. We also had to walk through a tent full of smoke to show that we could get through a room if there was smoke in it. Feeling the walls, staying low, covering your mouth. The smoke was safe, though. Not dangerous to inhale like other smoke. And it smelled good. o.o Still made me cough though. ^^;; And lastly, we had to learn how to use an AED thingymajig. I was certified in CPR when I was in high school, so they were all impressed with that.
We had a little meeting thing where the president of the school greeted us and whatnot. I talked in Japanese a lot to my friend Yuuya, and then a little to Sanpei. That was the first time that Sanpei and I talked at all, so he was all amazed with my Japanese. It was a little embarrassing. I had to tell him that I had already studied for two years, so of course I knew that much at least. ><
After that, I came home to work on my paper. I’m taking a class in my American university while I’m here, but it’s online. 18th Century British Literature. Fun~, right?
On Wednesday, Carleen, Chibi-chan, and I went to the university to look at the bookstore. I bought three books. Totoro (because I loved the movie), a light novel (to practice kanji), and a Japanese study book with simple phrases (mostly review, but there were some helpful things in there I didn’t know). After that, we went to the supermarket to pick up a few things. The rest of the night, we stayed home and relaxed. It was way too hot outside to go and do anything.
Then, yesterday morning, I realized I couldn’t find my books. Did I leave them on the train? At the university? On the bus? At the supermarket?! So, I checked the supermarket. Yup. I left them there. >< The lady was nice, though. I just had to sign a few papers at the lost and found. ^^;; Later, though, I went to Kawagoe with Makoto. Makoto went to my university in America for a year. She and I were good friends. She is a student at Daito Bunka, too, but she goes to the Tokyo campus, because she’s a 3rd year student. But the halfway meeting point for us is Kawagoe, which is a shopping district! Yay~! ^^ (Please note, I don’t actually BUY anything every time I go shopping. ^^;;) But we went out to eat, got a coffee, talked, and window shopped a bit. It was REALLY nice to see her again.
That last one is actually my profile picture on my Facebook, now. Lol. But I went home after that. On the train, I had to stand because it was so crowded, and there was an older man playing a memory game on his DS. He didn’t see me get on the train at all. It was like, three stops before he actually looked up and saw me. When he did, he jumped as if to say, “Holy… foreigner! When did you get here?!” I pretended not to notice and kept staring out the window.
Anyway, today, I’m meeting up with my Canadian friend, Claude. We’re going to head over to Kawagoe again, because there was a really cute little shop I want to look at, but it was closed last night before I had a chance to go in.
I’ll try to write more as soon as I can!
From Japan, With Love,
This is Tanie, signing off.