Umi no Hi

Yesterday a typhoon, today an earthquake… what’s going to happen tomorrow — a volcano or a plague? Maybe an asteroid impact on Wednesday?

Today was my first day of training, and was quite long. But it’s quite interesting to be learning these teaching methods. Tomorrow it gets a bit more intensive, but it should be fun still. Then we’ll teach some actual students, which I’m a bit nervous for… but you gotta start somewhere I guess.

The earthquake that his Niigata today was a really strong one, and our building shook for a whole minute, even though we’re pretty far from Niigata. I heard that 6 people died, and there were many more injuries as well as a lot of damage.

I found a nice gyuudon place for lunch today, as well as a place that serves miso-katsu, another Nagoya specialty. For dinner, we went back to the kushikatsu place that we went to on our first night, and I was pleased to find that I could read a lot more than I did that night. Apparantly 30 hours of transit really did mess with my translating abilities. So today I learned that they actually do have vegetables and desert too. I got beer instead of shochu, and I found out that the kebab I liked best last time was made from chicken hearts. Yum! I’m still a big fan of the aspara-bacon, and I’ve found a few more sticks that I will try again later in the week. I’m planning to eat miso-katsu tomorrow, but I will definitely be going back to the kushikatsu place, as that’s another one of Nagoya’s specialty foods. (It really is amazing how many ways there are to prepare chickens on sticks. No more liver for me though… ugh!)

I know I promised photos today, but it will have to wait for another day. I’ve been writing emails for an hour, and I still have reading to do, so I’m not in the mood to upload and code the images into this page. Work here starts late, which is great, but it also means if you do anything at all after work, you’re coming home quite late. Even though I’m trying to push the envelope, the time zone difference is still a bit challenging, and 22:30 is nearly crash time for me. (I’ve promised myself at least to stay up until 23:00 tonight.)

I can’t stress enough how awesome washlets are.

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