Thursday, February 26, 2009
Wednesday, February 25, 2009
Tuesday, February 24, 2009
I'm once again trying to do my part to help promote grassroots internationalization...I'm hosting a "Fat Tuesday" party tonight. Should be really interesting since it's really difficult finding beads and a King Cake (New Orleans would faint at what I'm calling a "King Cake"!)...and I can't seem to find PURPLE anything for that matter. Huh. The things we take for granted in our home countries. This whole party thing started because my friend, as soon as heard that I had an ice cream maker, wouldn't let me rest till we had an ice cream party. Well, just so happens I'm off today (have to work on Saturday), and it's FAT Tuesday. So, by having a "party" I can make homemade chocolate chip cookies & ice cream and won't be able to eat ALL of it!
Alright - I'm off to go find the rest of the ingredients for some jambalaya and mochi fried ice cream...
Tuesday, February 17, 2009
I passed the JLPT*!
*The Japanese Language Proficiency Test has 4 levels, Level 1 being the best.
I never took Level 4, but decided to "challenge"
Level 3, 三級, さんきゅう
"sankyuu" last December.
Apparently... miracles DO happen!Thanks for the prayers! (^,^)/
Thursday, February 12, 2009
Yesterday was National Foundation Day and (woohoo!) a day off from school. Some of the school ladies wanted to play dress up, though, and spent the morning dressing me in different kimono and hakama (they're like pants) and doing my hair. It was their first time dressing a foreigner, and they seemed to have a lot of fun! I felt like I was in a commercial as I stood outside the shop here as they snapped photos.
This red kimono is for very special occasions. And thank goodness. Underneath it were several other layers - including - believe or not - a lot of padding above my derriere and on my chest in an attempt to make me more "flat". Ha! Thank goodness I only had to stand there and smile...it was about all I could do in that get up!
I thought it was nice that they chose to dress me properly in FSU colors, too :)
Tuesday, February 10, 2009
Thursday, February 05, 2009
Monday, February 02, 2009
Who doesn't??? But just to be clear - I'm talking Obama City on Tachibana Bay in Nagasaki Prefecture, of course! As I've often mentioned in previous posts, Kyushu (the region in which I live in Japan) is well-known for its abundant onsens, or hot springs. Last Friday night some of the other ALTs and I went down to Obama city (about a half hour drive from Isahaya) for a hot bath at a rooftop onsen. And, in the winter, in the RAIN, that was a crazy idea.
Well, actually, once I was bathed and IN the hot tub, on the roof, looking out over the city and shore, it was worth it.
And, as shy you think Japanese people are, they certainly are not shy about jumping on the Obama bandwagon and using our political happenings to try to drum up business.
Although I'm happy that US-Japan relations seem - at least for the moment - more positive than not, I must admit, that as I walked around town seeing all those I (heart) OBAMA banners triumphantly waving in the wind, it was a comical sight to see our new president smiling and waving at everyone from a bathtub.