Observations on my week in Japan...
After hearing my class taught 7 times, I understood it in Japanese. I corrected Aya a couple of times ("I haven't said that yet") and really surprised her.
Um, hello - no karaoke??? Next time, watch out Tokyo - I'm singing!
I want to import Pocky, C.C. Lemon, Karada-Meguri-Cha & cheap stationery and export cupcake supplies, Pink Grapefruit lotion, corn nuts & trashy magazines (long story). Just call me Art Vandalay.
Long live Tokyu Hands. Especially their stationery floor. Next year they better take MasterCard, that's all I can say.
I have a new appreciation for squishy western beds. I also have a new appreciation for complicated eastern toilets.
I really bonded with Bill & Donna & Mr. Pickle this trip. They were a fun crew to hang out with.
Here's what I can say in Japanese: Ohayo gozaimas (good morning), Arrigato (thank you), Sumimasen (excuse me/pardon me/I'm sorry), Konichiwa (hello, how are you?), pink (pink - I found this out quite by accident when I was teaching. Surprise! I knew another word!), Sushi (ick), Kowai (scary. example: Pulling the whole sheet of rubs off the backer - KOWAI!), Kawaii (sounds like Hawaii - means cute. As in -my students thought my projects were really kawaii.).
When Dee asked me if I wanted to eat her lovely shoe cream I just about fell out of my chair. When you're in Japan, that would be a SHU CREAM and if someone offers you one EAT IT!!!
It just occurred to me I haven't eaten with a fork for a week...I haven't watched TV either.
I *love* the 100 Yen Store!!!
I want "Girl's Day" (Hinamatsuri - oh! another word!). I want those little cakes!