Thursday, February 02, 2006
I could play with this for hours...
P.S. The picture in my profile is me in the snow in Japan! (They didn't have a snowboarding thingy.) The blood-spatters are from horrific wounds I've inflicted on antediluvian misogynist Asian men :)
A very late update, but I'm leaving for Japan on Sunday night. Three weeks holiday: 1st week snowboarding, 2nd week Kyoto, 3rd week Tokyo.
Most of our activities are pre-planned, but people have been making suggestions based on personal interests. It's hard to cater for everyone in a group of 10, but I think we're OK with splitting up and doing whatever. I just bought a Lonely Planet Japanese phrasebook yesterday and am struggling to remember any Japanese from high school. Tried unsuccessfully to say "After school I'm going to my friend's house," sent it to K and then got a gentle correction back that looked NOTHING like what I had written! DOH.
Angie: "Gakoo sugi tomodachi no uchi e ikimasu."
K: "Gakkou no atode yuujin no uchi ni ikimasu."
But thanks to this nifty book I can also say:
"You're only using me for sex."
and "I'm a member of the Communist party."
Some people are keen on seeing Hiroshima, but I'm not sure if I would like to make that sort of pilgrimage. Call it sticking your head in the sand if you like.
There is also talk of seeing a kabuki play. If it's anything like Chinese opera I may have to give that a miss too. Wavy arm gestures + high pitched wailing + crash-ding-crash-ding + drag queens on Gilbert and Sullivan-esque stage but not as fun... Still, I may be pleasantly surprised. Ugh, Chinese opera just looks really really really bad to my banana-fied eyes.
I'm also going to try and see the statue of Hachiko at Shibuya Station. Call me sappy, but I'm a sucker for a sad dog story. I <3 Akitas!
I'm also thinking of going to a kendo shop - note that this may be harder than it sounds - to pick up some nice shinai before the Australian Championships. Hard to get 38s here and two of mine are stuffed. In fact I broke one on someone's head sometime in November/December. Ah, good times.