Special Leavers Throwback Paper Edition
July 2010 AJET Publications Editor
The Journey of Life Takuma Fukumori 永遠なんてないのは誰もが知ってる。時間 は止まってくれはしない。運命のいたずらで全 てが終焉へ向かう。だが、それが定めなんだ。 果てのある旅路の中で何かを見つけ、失ってを 繰り返し、出会いと別れは人に何を教え、僕達 を強くしていくのかな！？僕達の出会いは奇跡 なんかじゃない！全ては偶然じゃなく、必然 だって事、誰かが言ってたのを覚えてる。目に 映るものだけが真実なんて大きな間違い! こう 思えるようになったのは信じられる君がいるか ら。目に見えなくたってどんなに離れていたっ て僕達は何かでこうして繋がっている。だから サヨナラなんて言わない。今、僕達の築いてき た思い出達が今ふと甦る。一緒に泣いて、笑っ て過ごした日々は色褪せたりはしない。ここま で一緒に歩んできた道、その先の人生の分岐点 で僕達は何を思う。どんなに悲しくてもどんな に痛みが増えても生きることを諦めないで。お 互いの選んだ道は違っても悔いのないように歩 いてゆこう。どうか忘れないで、僕達が側にい る事。独りじゃないんだから。完璧な人なんて いない。支え、支えられて僕達は生くていく。 人は皆独りでは生きてはいけない。愛し、愛さ れて僕達が成長していく。どんな困難だって乗 り越えられそうな気がする。心の闇に光は射し いつか晴れていく。僕は君の希望の光となり迷 う事のないようにいつも君の旅路を照らし輝い ていよう。どうか信じてみて。君がどんなに孤 独で辛い過去を背負っていてもこの手いっぱい に広げて受けとめていくから。心の傷はいつか 癒されて消えていく。まだ見ぬ未来へ続くこの 航図に僕達はどんな路を描いて切り拓いていく のだろう。
Everyone knows that there is no such thing as eternity. Time will never stop for us. As a practical joke of fate, everything comes to an end. But that's fate. On the journey with an end we discover something, we lose something over and over, what does meeting and parting show people? Does it make us stronger? Our meeting was no miracle! I remember someone saying that everything is not accidental, but inevitable. The notion that what we see through our eyes is “truth,” was a big lie. That I came to think this is because I had you whom I could believe. Even if we can see it, no matter how far apart, We are all connected by some force that we cannot see with our eyes. So, I won’t say goodbye. Now all the memories we built come back to life. The days that we spent crying and laughing together will not fade. What do we think on the road we’ve been treading up till now, and at the crossroads of life ahead? Don’t give up on living, no matter how sad you are, no matter how much the pain increases. Even if the paths we choose are different, let’s walk without regrets. Don’t ever forget that we’re by your side. You’re not alone. No one is perfect! We truly live when we support and are supported by each other. People should never have to live alone. We grow when we love and are loved by one another. We get the sense that we can overcome anything, no matter the hardship. One day light will shine into the darkness of your heart and all will be well. I will be your light of hope and will always be shining on your journey so that you won't be lost. Please don't forget! No matter how lonely and bitter a past you are carrying, these arms are wide open to catch you. Someday, your heart’s scars will heal and fade away. What paths will we open up as we trace them on this map that carries on into a yet-unseen future?
*What are you doing after Japan? Starting my own business, and going to Grad school. *The best place in Japan you visited was: Tokyo, hands down. *The best place in Toyama is: Kanazawa *How will you ever survive without: Being able to get to work in 5 minutes *Random insignificant memory from your time here: One junior high school student always saying, "I'm Snoopy", in response to the question, "How are you?" *If you could sum up your experience in Japan with one Japanese word or dish, what would it be and why? Natto, because even though I wasn't a fan, the experience here will stick with me for a long time.
JET/ Interac: Engrish Toyama: Winter your living quarters: fragile enkais: mandatory karaoke: drunk Toyama winter: Infinity Japanese beer: karaoke Japanese language: unintelligible Johana sen:
*Strange and embarrassing “hobby” that you never told your students: Learning dorky Korean/Japanese boy/girlband dances. *What was the first thing you thought when you saw your apartment for the first time? Queen-sized bed, SWEET. *What is your favorite festival that you have been to in Japan and why? Tatemon Festival, because it is Uozu’s finest. Got to wear a happi and help pull a gigantic 15-meter tall, 5-ton wooden float along the sea coast with my bare hands. Badass? Indeed. *What is the strangest thing you’ve seen or the most embarrassing moment you’ve had in Japan? “How do I love Japan’s idiosyncrasies? Let me count the ways…” But the most hilariously Japanese thing I’ve seen has got to be the passed out salaryman spread-eagled half on the sidewalk, half on the street at 6am in Kyoto, with his glasses folded safely in one hand and a bottle of water placed out for him by some sympathetic stranger beside his head. Only in Japan. *Favorite Karaoke song that you would love to foreverrock-out to: Thanks to Glee, I think “Welcome to the Black Parade” has been replaced by “DOOON’T STOP BELIIIIIEEEVIN’!! HOLD ON TO THAT FEEEEEELIN’!!!” * Please give the people left behind some words of wisdom to live by: “…when it rains and shines, it’s just a state of Christine Peng mind.” ~ “Rain”, The Beatles Word Association: Chopsticks – “Do you know how to use…?” Umbrella – Not again >_< Firefly squid – Slimy. J-Pop – Johnny’s Janken – POI! AIKO DESHOU! Manga – One Piece Snowstorm – FUCK ;__;
I arrived in Japan on October 10, 2007 without the fanfare of Tokyo Orientation. For me, coming onto JET was a very solitary
experience. No pre-departure prep or meetings, no meetings in Tokyo, and no Toyama Orientation. For many of you who are reading this, it must be hard to imagine JET without all of what I’ve just mentioned. But this was my initial JET experience. All of that quickly changed. First with an awesome Thanksgiving dinner that later became what is known today as Epic Karaoke and later with a memorable Christmas break in Tokyo. It is true that JET is an emotional roller coaster. I’ve shared great moments at work and with friends and of course there have been those moments that would serve me best if they were forgotten. However, I will hold onto all the good and bad memories on JET, because this has been an experience that has shaped my personality more than
*What are you doing after Japan? Not exactly sure yet. My hope is to find a job in a moment to be leaving. I’ll be leaving many friends behind, a lot psychology lab in order to get back into the field of more than I left behind in Los Angeles. Unlike my departure from psychological research and then apply to graduate school. home though, I feel sadder this time around because I am more *The best place in Japan you uncertain as to when I’ll meet again all the wonderful people that visited was: I really enjoyed a road trip I took I’ve met during my time in Toyama. Still, I am happy that unlike around the Noto Peninsula in my first year here. I love the calm atmosphere of old fishing towns in my arrival, my departure won’t be such a lonely experience. Japan. Thank you random strangers, co-workers, and friends for all the *The best place in Toyama is: Saizeriya with a Magnum and James and Jarrad at good memories and for all the not so good memories. It’s been the table. Oh, don't forget the Karami Chicken!!! real Japan! *How will you ever survive without: Word Association: Conbinis and Tateyama Sake and Saizeriya and JET: Overpaid, but I'm not complaining. :P ramen shops everywhere. Shit! Why am I leaving? *Random insignificant memory from Toyama: Rain your time here: "I'm Daniel Plainview and your living quarters: minimalist this is my son and partner, a dinosaur. I'm a enkais: Always drunk, but never full. dinosaur." karaoke: EPIC!!! *If you could sum up your Toyama winter: Overrated experience in Japan with one Japanese beer: Taste like club soda but with a Japanese word or dish, what would shit ton of calories! it be and why? I can't. It's damn near Japanese language: 全然分からん。 impossible to sum up everything I've experienced in this country. Johana sen: Love/Hate anything else I’ve ever experienced in my life. It is a bitter/sweet
Word Association: JET - plane Yacchins - food Takaoka - eggplant Himi - line The beach - Leonardo DiCaprio Morning Meetings Lunch Enkai - Fish eyes Karaoke - GLEEKS! Sports Day - farmers tan Toyama Winter fuckberries Hanami - pink Japanese Beer - sake bomb Bikes - granny basket Kanazawa - mergh
*The best place in Toyama Shambhavi Kadam is: Under my kotatsu. *How will I ever survive without: Hyakuen shops *I love: Hanami season *What I’ll never forget about Japan: Fiber optic internet, Hanami, Charity Show, Masqued, nihongo/shogi at Cafe Mimpi, Gleek Karaoke, creepy Japanese boxer-brief guy who hangs out at my neighborhoods garbage collection site. *If I could pack and take one J peep with me, it would be: ...Doraemon? I really have no clue... *I hate: Winter, Fish-flavored everything, Mayo-corn pizza, no Dr. Pepper *My departing words of wisdom: Sometimes, a kerosene headache is worth it to stay warm. *I’d like to give a shout-out to: Trogdor.
*The best place in Toyama is: The mountains *What I’ll never forget about Japan: The language, I hope. *I love: The smell of the rice in August *I hate: Leaving before nashi season hits full swing *If I could pack and take one J peep with me, it would be: Yamashita-sensei, so I could have my own personal pocket sensei. *How will I ever survive without: Being able to drink in public, on trains, in cars (as long as I'm not driving) etc, without breaking the law. *My departing words of wisdom: Get out as much as you can and really see Japan. You might have to hunt a bit, but Japanese nature is pretty bad ass when you are surrounded by it. *I’d like to give a shout-out to: All the other 5th years, congrats on making it this far. Too bad they're kicking us out!
Word Association: JET over Yacchins conversations Takaoka OK! (cursed Charity Show) Himi Amaharashi The beach dirty Morning Meetings taiso! Enkai fishy :( Karaoke beer Sports Day flour (on the students' faces) Toyama Winter snowboarding Hanami picnics Japanese Beer Asahi Bikes mamachari Kanazawa art museum
Word Association: JET: writer's block Yacchin’s: where? Takaoka: where the mall is Himi: crucible The beach: my view! Morning Meeting: the cause of my alcoholism Enkai: food?! Karaoke: anasthesia Sports Day: jealous! Toyama Winter: BOOOO Hanami: two great tastes that taste great together Japanese Beer: would kill for a PBR Bikes: love Kanazawa: weekends
*What are you doing after Japan? Medical School. *The best place in Japan you visited... Tonami. *The best place in Toyama is... Tonami. *How will you ever survive without... The family I have made in Tonami. *Random insignificant memory from your time here: A kid shouting "Good Morning!" in English to me as we were both getting to school late. It made my day. *If you could sum up your experience in Japan with one Japanese word or dish, what would it be? Inaka.
Word Association: JET/ Interac: ALT Toyama: Tonami your living quarters: messy enkais: fun karaoke: enka Toyama winter: snow Japanese beer: Asahi Japanese language: Toyama-ben Johana sen: Takaoka
*The best place in Toyama is: the train station! *What I’ll never forget about Japan: the way it changed my view about America *If I could pack and take one J peep with me, it would be: one of the first JTEs I had here who is the japanese walter matthau *How will I ever survive without: kaiten sushi! *I love: wearing yuukata *I hate: doing things processedbased instead of results-based *My departing words of wisdom: Make this program mean something for you specifically. For me, my JET experience was meant to be one of education. It ended up being one of having loads of time for cultivating my interests and skills. Find the part of the program that works for you and make that the center of your experience here. *I’d like to give a shoutout to: us. Both those of us who are staying another year, and those of us who are on to our next Rebekah O’Brien adventures.
Word Association: Tateyama: small bottles that are perfect for train rides Opening ceremony: Which one?
*The best place in Toyama is: The Jazz Bar *Biggest nihongo challenge? Starring as Tony and singing the Japanese version of "Maria, Maria" from West Side Story at my school's bonenkai during my first year. *Which Japanese person would you most love to smuggle out of Toyama in your luggage? 光
*What is the most damning thing that could be found in your work computer's internet activity history? www.flickr.com according to the BOE. *The title of the book about your time in Toyama? How to Set International Speed Records in Just Barely Making the Train *What about Toyama/Japan/ALT-ing did you never quite get the hang of? AUTOMATIC Teller Machines that have opening and closing hours. *Something about this experience you'll never forget? The people, the travel, and the snowboarding. *I'd like to give a shoutout to: Everyone involved in the 20th Annual Toyama International Charity Show; the cool cats at Sunshine 88; Max Caughron and all my 先
Sports day: Fight-o!
輩; Yoshida-san and the Peace Street Kitchen; Hiro-
Saizeriya: A recipe for disaster Acquired taste: chilled red wine Internationalization: A noble and lofty goal to be achieved in the distant future Eikaiwa: Ill-timed announcements at
Ohayo gozaimasu!: Too early Centram: A nice circular representation of what we talk in at meetings Japanese medicine: Never thought it possible that I'd need five different bags of medicine for a cold. Delicious: Bear nabe Enjoy: Engrish mugs at the 100円 store Let's: enjoyings
san at La Yuuki; the gents at the Jazz Bar; Yoshida-san at Yoshida's Liquors in アピア; Koffee; Pedro, Kae, and the whole Banana Popp crew; and the great city of Kanazawa. *Final words: Thanks for an amazing three years, everyone. Keep up the great charity work! See you in New York City.
Word Association: JET: Hard but awesome! It's been such a great growth experience for me. Yacchins: Community Takaoka: HOME! Himi: Cool man! The beach: Eeew. Japanese beaches are gross in comparison to some of the beaches I've sunbathed on in my time. Morning Meetings: Time to turn on the computer, unpack my bag and try to listen to some Japanese. Enkai: Heheheeeee, sober me gets to have fun with drunk teachers, wheeeeee! Karaoke: Yes please! Sports Day: Chatting with the
Special Leavers Throwback Paper
Toyama Winter: Not that bad, quit your complainin'!!! Hanami: Pretty
*The best place in Toyama is: The top of Tateyama!!!! *What I’ll never forget about Japan: The genuine kindness of many of the people. *How will I ever survive without: Family Mart *I love: My students on a good day. *I hate: Natto!!!!!!!! *If I could pack and take one J peep with me, it would be: Ayumi Kamata, I heart her so much and the food that she and Yacchin make... mm! devine! *My departing words of wisdom: These are my two favorite quotes of the now. "War and Peace; Conflict and Friendship; Energy and Rest; Death and Life. These pairs of opposites are linked in the chain of life. (We cannot give meaning to one without the other). The chain has no beginning and no end. It is the nature of the universe." - I saw this on an art gallery wall once and it really spoke to me, in life we have opposites and I really think that certain elements of Japan are just that, the counter balance to the way we do things back home. "Get off your a** and use your mind." - Professor Robert Webster, the man who produced the first flu vaccine, graduated from the same department as me at The University of Otago and spoke at my graduation when he received an honorary doctorate, I do so love this man. *I’d like to give a shout-out to: ..... why are you making me choose! I refuse to choose! EVERYONE!!!!
Dear Toyama, Japan... Rupa Jose I want to thank you for helping me discover that in a school with only blackboards, I am have a slight allergy to chalk...that to search for a "global community" all one has to do is walk into Seattle's Best Coffeehouse any day of the week...that biking in a pencil shirt and high heels without flashing any by passer is a talent that deserves applause (especially when you have womanly curves to work with)...that any expression can be converted into an invitation or action merely by the addition of "let's"....that no matter what you wear, falling under the 5'2'' bracket means you shall always be worthy of the "cute" compliment...that age is really just a number to the ancient men that consider you "in their league"...that the bears were on to something when they picked the winter season to hibernate and the people of Toyama-ken should do the same...that my mother's walking a dirt road to school every day in the Indian heat is nothing than taking almost an hour to get to work in a typhoon when the kids have the day off...that the world of Japanese fashion must receive it's inspiration from an "anything goes" impromptu dress-up contest...that selling a little bit of your soul for nenkyuu is really not a bad exchange...that climbing Mt Fuji can make you second guess all your life's decisions... And, most importantly, that even with the insane weather and local antics...I will truly miss you Toyama-ken. After a year, you are home...and my fellow JETs and friends...you are family. Thank you for a great year! (bowing included) :D
*The best place in Toyama is: Toyama Eki because it can take you out of Toyama! *Biggest nihongo challenge? Furikomi! *Which Japanese person would you most love to smuggle out of Toyama in your luggage? One of my students！ *What is the most damning thing that could be found in your work computer's internet activity history? Probably job listings * The title of the book about your time in Toyama? 世間知らず - Sekenshirazu -
Ignorant to the ways of the world *What about Toyama/Japan/ALT-ing did you never quite get the hang of?Embracing shit weather *Something about this experience you'll never forget? My conversations with the kids after school *I'd like to give a shoutout to: All the Oyajis I kicked it with in izakayas all over Japan!
Tateyama: めんどくさい！ Opening ceremony: めんどくさい！ Saizeriya: まずい Acquired taste: 梅干し Internationalization: のむnication! Eikawa: 楽しい！ Sports day: つかれた！ Ohayo gozaimasu!: morning. Centram: 新しい Japanese medicine: 弱い Delicious: 焼き肉 Enjoy: 虜子 Let's: 罰
*The best place in Toyama is: Kojo Koen at Hanami *What I’ll never forget about Japan: learning to snowboard on world-class mountains (especially when I go back to Cleveland) *If I could pack and take one J peep with me, it would be: Word Association: JET -paid vacation Yacchins -pirate face photos Takaoka- taka-OK! Himi-clean the freakin beach The beach-CLEAN IT I SAID Morning Meetings-so glad they never invite me Enkai-fill me up, biatch! Karaoke-hip hopera Sports Day- i dont wanna run! Toyama WinterSpecial snowboarding Leavers Hanami- magic Japanese Beer- pee in a glass Bikes-mamachari what what! Kanazawa- Beatnuts
Takuma, as he would be easy to carry. *How will I ever survive without: Kaidan sushi or anko omiyage *I love: sunshine *I hate: BP * My departing words of wisdom: Don't bike into gaijin traps. *I’d like to give a shout-out to: all my amazing homies that have made this experience unforgettable! Put your heady upon my bosom
Word Association: JET: 緊張 Yacchins: おいしい Takaoka: 大仏
*The best place in Toyama is: 外人トラップの中
*What I’ll never forget about Japan: ここで体験したこと
*If I could pack and take one J peep with me, it would be: Either one of my great students who could make the most of being abroad, or The beach: ゴミ one of the ones who really need to see life through a different Morning Meetings: 敬語スキルアップ different perspective. Enkai: pour, pour, pour, and repeat *How will I ever survive without: コンビニ Karaoke: 何歌おうかな *I love: おにぎり Sports Day: かわいそう *I hate: ゴキブリ Toyama Winter: 雪 Himi: 海岸
*My departing words of wisdom: がんばられ！
Japanese Beer: JonPerryJapaneseBeerSkewer :D Bikes: 錆び
*I’d like to give a shout-out to: My JTEs and fellow teachers, my Brazilian church peeps, my students--good, bad, and kureejii, and all of you fine ALTs. Thanks for a splendid two years.
Word Asociation: Chopsticks – 上手！
*What was the first thing you thought when you saw your apartment for the first time? “Can I learn to sleep standing up in order to save space?” (the answer was no) Umbrella – Home *What is your favorite festival that you have Firefly squid - Yuck been to in Japan and why? The float bashing festivals J-Pop – are my favourite. We went to the one in Takaoka last year. It was Greeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee fantastic eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeen *What is the strangest thing you’ve seen or the most embarrassing moment you’ve had in Junkin – I dunno, what’s junkin? Japan? Strangest thing: In Shinjuku 2-chome, I saw a Manga – Get a proper book person completely naked. It had a woman's breasts but a man's, erm, nether regions. The he-she had a large glow stick through each nipple. In the he-she's groin were lit sparklers. A large crowd has assembled around the spectacle and the he-she was inviting people to touch his-her man-bits to check for authenticity. *Favorite Karaoke song that you would love to forever-rock-out to: Spider Webs, if I could forever have Haruko to sing it with me. * Please give the people left behind some words of wisdom to live by: Almost all problems can be solved with a nice cup of English tea.
*The best place in Toyama is: AEON MALL *What I’ll never forget about Japan: the humongous crows *How will I ever survive without: my kotatsu and keitai memorable.
*I hate: grading essays *I love: my amazing students who make all my school days*If I could pack and take one J peep with me, it would be: all of ARASHI? *My departing words of wisdom: Stay positive! *I’d like to give a shout-out to: the Triad. You know who you are.
Word Association: JChopsticks - benri Umbrella – stole it. Whoops that’s two words. Firefly squid - almighty J-Pop – squeaky Junkin – poy? Manga – entertaining?
Michelle Runk AKA “RUNK!!!”
JET: parties! Yacchins: yummy okonomiyaki Takaoka: my apartment Himi: the JR Himi line The beach: hot Morning Meetings: coffee and my face of disinterest Enkai: KANPAI! Karaoke: Epic Sports Day: favorite school event Toyama Winter: sludge sludge sludgeeeeeeeee Hanami: cotton candy Japanese Beer: ASAHI Bikes: let em pass first Kanazawa: starbucks at every corner
*Strange and embarrassing “hobby” that you never told your students: Encouraging skinny people to eat more butter. *What was the first thing you thought when you saw your apartment for the first time? Oh wow…it’s not a shoebox. Old and slightly covered in dust, but not a shoebox. * What is your favorite festival that you have been to in Japan and why? All of the matsuris are my favorites because there is always food, but the Furusato Ryugu Matsuri in Namerikawa is the best because of the fireworks at the end of the matsuri. Apparently one of the bigger ones at the finale is equivalent to my salary. Pretty sweet. * What is the strangest thing you’ve seen or the most embarrassing moment you’ve had in Japan? Too many strange things to go over, but the most embarrassing moment was definitely forgetting to put on my slippers during the kimono contest in front of a large audience and having to run (as best you can in a kimono) and get them. I swear I could even hear the judges laughing! * Favorite Karaoke song that you would love to forever-rock-out to: Bohemian Rhapsody by Queen. You must ALWAYS end a night of karaoke with that song. *Please give the people left behind some words of wisdom to live by: Live it up while you can! You won’t find any other job like JET. And yes, do have another serving of karaage and nama beer. Go on. It’s for me, so it’s ok.
Word Association: Tateyama: tsurigidake (the movie!) Opening ceremony: oh-no, not again. Saizeriya: Pizza! Acquired taste: pickled potatoes Internationalization: Don’t make me laugh. Eikawa: Awkward Sports day: Wow Ohayo gozaimasu!: bored employees Centram: Why? Japanese medicine: kusuri? Delicious:うまくない！ Enjoy: Let’s not. Let's: NIHONGO
*The best place in Toyama is: Kuronagi Lizzy Pevida onsen (off the torokko densha) *Biggest nihongo challenge? JLPT 1… *Which Japanese person would you most love to smuggle out of Toyama in your luggage? Fukuzawa sensei!!! *What is the most damning thing that could be found in your work computer's internet activity history? Probably facebook. *The title of the book about your time in Toyama? A Series of Unfortunate Events. *What about Toyama/Japan/ALT-ing did you never quite get the hang of? Being a Japanese office worker. *Something about this experience you'll never forget? The way Fukuzawa sensei talks. *I'd like to give a shoutout to: Tiffany! You have been such an awesome PA and nobody knows half of what you do! Will miss you! *Final words? So let it be written, so let it be done.
*Strange and embarrassing “hobby” that you never told your students: Learning Japanese. *What was the first thing you thought when you saw your apartment for the first time? It’s too hot! *What is your favorite festival that you have been to in Japan and why? I’m gonna go for my local, Tatemon. There are not many festivals where people swing on ropes from giant Christmas trees. *What is the strangest thing you’ve seen or the most embarrassing
Word Association: Chopsticks - disposable Umbrella – forgotten Firefly squid - enkai J-Pop – mute button Junkin – hoi! Manga – kissa Snowstorm – book a winter vacation in SE Asia
moment you’ve had in Japan? Probably the speech I did to the PTA and parents in the first year where instead of expressing my love of cooking for myself (手料理/てりょうり), I expressed my love of set-menu meals *Favorite Karaoke song that you would love to forever-rock-out to: I’m not much of a singer, but I have a soft spot for Rolling Stones duets with male English teachers. * Please give the people left behind some words of wisdom to live by: Your Japanese will always peak at the 5th cup of sake.
Word Association: Tateyama: Sake Opening ceremony: Welcome to Hell Saizeriya: Cliternia Acquired taste: Jarrad's Dad (trust me) Internationalization: Drinking coke with 40 year old married gaijin at the CIC Eikawa: Are Kochi-sensei and Bijutsu no sensei.... OH MY GOD!!!! Sports day: ALT contract on fire Ohayo gozaimasu!: Sorry, I couldn't hear you over my own "Ohayo Gozaimasu!" Centram: from A to Zinc Japanese medicine: Homeopathy Delicious: Weiner (Oooeenah) Coffee Enjoy: 4:15pm - 8:45am Let's: BLAST!
John Di Lascio
*The best place in Toyama is: The river... a relaxing and beautiful place to be at one with nature and your thoughts. Plus you can pee literally ANYWHERE. *Biggest nihongo challenge? Every interraction I ever had with James' 10,000 year old landlady (or her mother)... including the time I tried to convince her I was not crashing at James' house but just stopping in to water his plants while was on vacation *Which Japanese person would you most love to smuggle out of Toyama in your luggage? Ichiro... and if there's room I'll take Satomi as well so Adam has to come to America too and Loose Kingdom can play on! *What is the most damning thing that could be found in your work computer's internet activity history? I think I've searched "Wizard of Oz Munchin Suicide" on google about 15 times *The title of the book about your time in Toyama? I Dreamed of Africa (But I Woke Up in Japan) *What about Toyama/Japan/ALT-ing did you never quite get the hang of? Disgusting posters of burns and lacerations outside the nurse's office. * Something about this experience you'll never forget? The experience itself. I came to Japan a confused, wayward, silly young lad on a three week vacation, and I ended up not only staying for 2 1/2 years, but making some of the best friends I've ever had and finally discovering the direction I want to take my life in. That and the first time I used a Japanese toilet! *I'd like to give a shoutout to: Sher, Dima and Dinara, Kawasaki-san, Yulia, Ichiro, Dorin and Mila, Everson, Takuma, Wagner, Kalani, Pedro, Hayashi, and all the other non-ALTs who make Toyama rock... and also TAWWWWWWWWWWWWWWNA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! *Fina l words? Just click click click and Oz is a part of me... Thanks, everyone, this has been one hell of a ride :)
Word Association: JET: Sharks. Interac: "Improving internationalizationis m...blah, blah, blah" Toyama: Inaka your living quarters: lucky enkais: strange karaoke: Starship Toyama winter: Iox Japanese beer: bleugh Japanese language: Woops (desu) Johana sen: old faithful
*What are you doing after Nicholas Bateman Japan? Moving to England to become an English and media teacher at secondary school. *The best place in Japan you visited was Kyoto *The best place in Toyama is Nanto (represent!) *How will you ever survive without The Onsen. *Random insignificant memory from your time here: The earthquake on my third day in the country that woke me up in more ways than one. * If you could sum up your experience in Japan with one Japaneseword or dish, what would it be and why? Natto. Because my relationship with it was like my relationship with Japan. Wasn't sure at first, gave it plenty of chances and although I began to really like it I still find it strange.
*What are you doing after Japan? Obtaining some sort of marketable skills and living off my meager savings. *The best place in Japan you visited was: Sado Island. Go in August when you can camp on the beaches. *The best place in Toyama is: Crossland Tower, Oyabe. Observation tower, minigolf, wacky bikes, a man made of colorful tires and solar panels, and stretches of grass that's not spikey: it's a wholesome fun goldmine. *How will you ever survive without: Walking and pregaming at the same time. *Random insignificant memory from your time here: One time in Fukuno, I saw two children from behind walking with a stroller. I thought it odd that the older of the two was in charge of a baby, but figured she was just a good older sister. Then she turned around and turned out to be a really old woman. *If you could sum up your experience in Japan with one Japanese word or dish, what would it be and why? Gokayama Tofu. When I got my placement, I immediately googled Toyama and was taken to a photo of an old woman smiling with no teeth and grasping a rope holding a massive block of Gokayama tofu. Though that was the beginning of my reservations about Toyama, Gokayama tofu has now come to occupy a spot in my top 5 Japanese food items I will miss (other four: ika kara-age, saba sashimi, black sesame seed ice cream, and cratz)
Word Association: JET/ Interac: Bloodshed Toyama: idaho your living quarters: thinwalls enkais: thirsty karaoke: teeth Toyama winter: Nagagutsu Japanese beer: tallboy Japanese language: keigo Johana sen: 11PM
Word Association: JET/ Interac: hard core drinkers Toyama: 'hahahhaha you come from where?!' your living quarters: pleasant :) enkais: faces turning scarlet after 2 beers. karaoke: epic nights Toyama winter: snowboarding! Japanese beer: yebisu yumm Japanese language: you have got to be kidding me Johana sen: eh?
*What are you doing after Japan? Chilling at home for a while, may escape off to Germany and ponce around then I'm heading to Vietnam to work for the British Embassy. *The best place in Japan you visited was Lake Biwa in Shiga. Wakeboarding and fast boats coupled with super genki Japanese people who were kind enough to share their booze and food made this one of my top Japan destinations. *The best place in Toyama is Gokayama! Exactly what I'd expect living in the inaka and made the experience in Nanto all worthwhile. *How will you ever survive without buying fresh sashimi at the supermarket/ seeing inappropriately large, fuzzy animals bouncing around your keitai. * Random insignificant memory from your time here: old lady down the road thrusting free sweets into my hand every time I walk into her shop. *If you could sum up your experience in Japan with one Japanese word or dish, what would it be and why? combini
food! has always been my friend during those its-toobloody-snowy-to-step-out-of-my-apartment-days as well as those yikes-gotta-pee-slash-eat-road-tripsessions