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Welcome Weekend 2008 Issue

T.R.A.M. Toyama’s Random Ass Magazine

Here we are again, folks! Yay yay yay! The Tram! The Tram! The Tram is on fire! My brain! My brain! My brain is nonexis…. Bah. I am tired. Need sleep….. BUNBUN! <3

I wanna give a couple of shout outs. To all the 2008 Leavers, we'll miss you guys! To the repeaters, yoroshiku! And to all the First Years: Welcome to Toyama, Land of Dericious Water, a Holy Mountain, and more (legal) drugs than you can finish during your term here! A new year is upon us. Help us make the T.R.A.M. better than ever! All your pictures, random commentaries, and funny stories are belong to us. We'll take it and turn it into highquality bribe material you can trust. Don't make us hunt you down! (although, Vannie already does…) Steph

Hey Toyamaites! It's dooonnnneeee!!! Here's your first ever T.R.A.M. hot off the press, thanks to the combined effort of editors, and YOU, of course, for all the contributions! I wanted to send out a great big WELCOME to all the new kiddies and a WELCOME BACK to recontracters! I have a feeling this is gonna be a rockin' year, and am looking forward to all the splendid memories we'll make... whether we remember them or not. Keep up the contributions for the T.R.A.M. and come visit me and Cleo in Tak sometime. She'll shower you with love, and I'll feed you Mid-Eastern food! Luv ya's!!! Hilders

James: The other White mea— Editor

Inside this issue: Cookbook Project

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Special points of interest: • THERE IS NONE ! • Buahahahahaha! We have a few things leftover, but that is gonna have to go into our next Issue… anyone up for a Holiday Issue? GET READY! SET ! THINK!


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The Cookbook Project

Disco

This is a group for members of The Cookbook Project. Our goal is to create and sell a quality, bilingual cookbook through a collaborative, cross-cultural process. 100% of the profits from the sale of the book will go to Room to Read (www.roomtoread.org). Each stage requires input and cooperation from both foreign and Japanese volunteers.

1. Recipe

2. Editing

1.Recipes (now – 31/Dec/2008). The basic idea here is for one of Toyamaken's many foreign residents (teachers, university students, general ex-pats, etc.) to teach a Japanese person (student, friend, neighbor, co-worker, etc.) a foreign food recipe. This can be in a setting as formal as a classroom or as casual as your apartment. Cook together, take pictures*, write up the recipe*, send it all in by the deadline—it’s that simple.

2. Editing (1/ Nov/2008-30/Mar/2009). We’re going to need some good proofreaders in English and Japanese, translators, and people with a good eye for design. There’s lots of opportunity for involvement here for non-Japanese and Japanese alike. Then we print--we are currently looking for donors to help offset our printing costs.

3. Promotion 3. Promotion (any time) & Sales (May 2009). We’re going to need friendly, outgoing people with great networking skills. The earlier we can get people excited about this project, the easier this part will be. Traditional media, online social networks, posters, international events, etc. We'll start taking preorders at JETfest 2009 (Feb.), and will be ready to sell by the end of May 2009. We’ll need businesses willing to make a small space for a stack of our books, people willing to sell at international events like the charity show, and help setting up for online ordering. Page 2

Contact This is a big project that is going to take a lot of work, but, together, we can do this. I have seen some amazing examples in Toyama of people committed to making a positive impact in their community and the world at large. Here’s a great chance to do both. **If you'd like to be involved, check it out on facebook, email me, or otherwise let me know. Thanks, Disco Laura

http://the.cookbook.project.googlepages.com/


I Had Trouble in Getting the Toyama Forums 

Welcome Weekend 2008

Why, hello, my new friends!  I say welcome to you  who have come from afar, and – oh yes – even flew!  To Toyama I bid you a hearty hello;  have a rest, drink a chu‐hi, and please take it slow.  In Toyama we have many people, you see,  but to keep in touch with them is often tricky.  Do not worry or fret, it's all under control –  there are methods in place; but beware the Rickroll!   The first thing you should do is sign up for Facebook –  we have all there signed up. Won't you please take a look?  We will post there events and announcements and more;  yes, some photos of when you passed out on the floor. 

But the piece of resistance, the cream of the crop –  are the boards or the forums; they're where we will drop  a bon mot, some phat beats, YouTube vids and sarcasm –  the fun to be had, it could well make you spasm.   The Internet Crew are a riotous bunch,  but ho the hell are they? (And fuck, when is brunch?)  Therefore from now I will teach you their names,  their own special niche and their one claim to fame. 

Now first there is josh, a peculiar gay,  around him you must take close care what you say,  for if you do not, it’s a slippery slope –  he’ll wait for your guard to go down then he’ll grope.  

Our next spotlit member is Flubbybunni:  she’s really quite kind as I’m sure you will see;  but get on her bad side and – take it from me –  she’ll sock your ass back to nineteen‐eighty‐three!   Page 3


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Yukitan Peninsula is this girl’s name.  (The meaning escapes me.) She’s not one to flame,  unless you’re an asshat  or you dare to say  something unfriendly about our PA.  

As is the nature of JET near and far  members come and they go even when they’re a star.  Stars we have had, so many it seems;  now though they’re gone, they’re still on our screens. 

Oh No My Balloon is a favourite old ghost  with nine‐thousand‐nine‐hundred‐ninety‐nine posts.  JaketheSnake gave us math tips that we came to trust…  or did we just love Ms. Longoria’s bust? 

Laurac the Mantis Queen went home last week   to hatch a new brood of mantids that squeak.  But rest ye assured that wheree’er she appears 

ittyan, they say, is Nintendo’s wage slave;  he’ll pity the fool who don’t know when to save.  madcat twenty‐one eighty‐three , we unmask!  Where does he come from? It’s best not to ask.  Captain Yossarian, what can I say?   Some nice mellow bud would sure make his day.  larrence, let’s face it, is awesome times nine,   she cooks while she listens to music that’s fine. 

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A‐i‐ya‐sa is a ninja and a film buff, too.  We still await his director’s debut.  But, eh? What is that? What of your guide?  The one who will always be at your side? 


Welcome Weekend 2008

Why, Jack Bauer‐Bristow is what they call me.  I’m bitter and angry; but here is a key:  don’t ever take my posts too seriously,  for I am just taking the piss, don’t you see.  

I am the Internet, trust me, it’s true.  Don’t make me show you my l337 Google‐fu.  Now, now, hang on, yes I know just what you’re thinking,  just let me say this (takes a breath) FUCK YEAH, SEAKING      

Oh my! Our tour is now at an end.  But please don’t be overly saddened my friend,  for you can join us and our like on the boards!  We’re waiting for you with fantastic rewards!      I hope you’ll enjoy your stay in Japan.  Make new friends and new memories now while you  To Toyama I bid you a hearty hello;  have a rest, drink a chu‐hi, and please take it slow.   

can.  

    The Toyama Forums can be found at http://toyamajets.net/boards/, and signing up  is fast and easy.  Facebook is Facebook. Don’t know it? Google, DO YOU USE IT?  By Tim  L.  

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Taking the First Train Home: A New JET's Guide To The Toyama All-nighter

There is something about life in Toyama that drives people to drink. I love my my little school in my little town, but around 2pm on Wednesday (Tuesday if it's a bad week), I usually start thinking about how I'm going to ruin my Saturday morning. By Friday morning, I'm mentally ticking off the list of obstacles that stand between me and the amount of liquor it takes to make sending keitai photos of my tits to J-boys seem like an excellent idea. Whatever your party credentials in your home country may be, doing a big one in Japan takes a little figuring out. You've got early last trains, ridiculously expensive taxis, and zero tolerance driving laws that sometimes force some very long nights. I am not advocating turning into a vomiting/crying/fighting blackout drunk. Those people are annoying, and no one wants to take care of them. No, I just want to share some cautionary tales and offer gentle advice to help make your transition to Toyama all-night booze hound as painless as possible.

Pre-drinking. Before Japan, pre-drinking often meant everyone came over and had a bit of wine and cheese before hitting the clubs. This is great if you live near the action and have an apartment larger than a walk-in closet. These days, pre-drinking often involves cans of chu-hai consumed on trains under the disapproving watch of a cranky obaasan. Then there's the beer at the station while waiting for everyone else's train to come in. On a nice day, there's nothing better than pre-drinking in the park/by the river/on the beach/at a festival. NOTE 1: Please notice that all of this is made possible by Japan's complete lack of prohibition on public drinking. Also notice that aside from the train station crazies, you will almost never see Japanese people taking full advantage of this wonderful legal situation. If this makes you feel strange or guilty, then you have already lost. NOTE 2: At the end of the night, it is easy to forget your pre-drink drinks when you are trying to figure out how you ended up where you are, but they DO count.

Tabemashou fo sho.

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If you want to make it to sunup, you need to eat a reasonable dinner. You will be hard pressed to find a dining establishment that doesn't serve alcohol, so take your pick. The first time you pay 500 yen for an unremarkablely sized glass of nama swill, you'll appreciate the value of pre-drinking. And while I'm talking about money, let's discuss the nomihoudai. You pay a set amount and drink all you want for a certain time period, usually about two hours. You will most often come across these at preplanned parties--the work enkai, the friend's birthday party, the 27 goodbye dinners you will attend in July. But some celebrations are a little more spontaneous--the "my supervisor is a tool" drinkathon or the "thank God I got my period" jamboree. Don't worry--you can still get the nomi in lots of restaurants, especially izakayas--just ask. These are an awesome value unless you have the drinking chops of a twelve-year old anemic girl. You will find more than a few "hard-drinking yet not willing to pay out the ass for it" types of people among the Toyama JETs, and many have made clever adaptations to the high cost of drinking in restaurants. Most of these are not the Japanese way, but if Saizeriya didn't want us treating their cute little Italian restaurant like a bar, they wouldn't be selling 1.5 liter bottles of wine for 1050 yen until 2 am.


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No turning back. Now you've all eaten and have a nice buzz on, it's just not enough to sit there. The group makes a decision to move from an eating establishment to one dedicated to party activities. Here you likely experience JET lag-an annoying phenomenon that occurs when 20 of your closest friends pay their separate checks and file slowly out of a restaurant with no destination and no real leadership. I hope you have a chu-hai in your bag because this is going to take forever. Various drinking and party establishments will be praised and maligned; splinter groups will form and break away. At this point you will notice another phenomenon--last train people. It depends on where you are and where you're going, but there can be a 6 to 8 hour gap between the last train of the night and the first train of the morning. Some people just don't have the beans to take a chance on what could happen in that gap. Let them go--they will only be a liability later if things get hairy. Now look at the people left around you. This is your solid crew--remember them. Take care of them. Head to a conbini to grab a tallboy and some smokes.

Get ready to become party people. What kind of chump would say, "OK, 4 local House DJs + 1 incredibly weak drink? Yeah, I'll pay 2500 yen for that"? Me, I am that chump. You may balk at the cover charges when you arrive in Japan, but give yourself a few months and you'll be backing up to the door of Danke with your hands around your ankles and a smile on your face. There are lots of ways you can find out about music goings-on that are beyond the scope of this guide, but my advice to you is if you are into music, make friends with local people who are also into music. Anyway, by this time, I hope you are sufficiently socially lubricated because the drinks are going to be weak most anywhere you go dancing. Don't waste a lot of money on booze in a club--go enjoy the celebrity of being the most awesome dancer in the room. NOTE: I'm going to address the amateurs now because this is the point in the evening when things can start to go really wrong. This is when you want to begin maintenance drinking. Go slow, keep your energy up, but don't keep pounding them back. If you feel queasy, stop drinking, get some water, get some air, but don't lay your head down, or you'll get the spins or pass out. You can come back! You're on a 12-hour bender here--if you don't keep it cool now, you will likely be sorry later. You will throw up. You will get sleepy. You will hate your life.

Decisions, decisions. You're dancing, feeling good, but then all the lights are on--what? Yeah man, you live in Toyama. It's only 3am and the club is closing. You are at a crucial point; the decisions you make now will affect your ability to make it to that 6 am train. If you're ready to crash, wherever you are there's likely a friendly foreigner willing to take you in for the night, or you can snag a cute J-person and head for a love hotel. But not tonight, my friend--we're going the distance. So down a genki drink, grab a maintenance beer at the combini, and consider your options.

A. Eating. Someone will likely bring this up, but you don't want to eat yet--at least not a lot. If you're feeling shaky, a little onigiri or half sandwich from the conbini isn't gonna hurt, but if you eat a big bowl of ramen you will want to go to sleep. There are plenty of places to get snack food late at night --edamame, french fries, fried chicken knuckles--just don't overdo it.

B. Karaoke. James wrote an awesome karaoke guide in the last issue of the tram, and I really don't have too much more to add to it. Karaoke can be amazing or completely shit, it just depends on the mood--don't force it. It's private, so it's a good place to go if you have a member of your party that can't seem to handle himself in public. Also a great place to make out if you get off on possibly being watched through the tiny window. Page 7


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C. More dancing. If you want to keep going, you're gonna have to involve the Russians. Or Brazilians. Or any people from a country where people stay out past 11 pm. There's the Brazilian joint near Takaoka station, also Bar Maxx and Penny Black(stock up on antibiotics) in Sakuragicho in Toyama. All of these places stay open until way after you will want to leave. Be careful if you've already gotten used to the Japanese way of things: there will be fights, the men will be all over you, and the women will slap you silly if you vex them. D. Hostess/Host Bars. I really only mention these so you can stay well clear. If you don't know what goes on here, this is the deal: An attractive, smiling person will greet you, take your coat, and show you to your seat. This person will get you drinks (as well as one for themselves) and light your cigarette. If you understand Japanese, they will flirt, giggle and make superficial conversation with you. If you don't, they will just nod and giggle while you talk to your friends. For this, you will pay stupid amounts of money. And you may think that they really, really like you, but you don't have enough money to have sex with them. If you want to avoid these places, stay away from anywhere with attractive men or women beckoning you inside. If you go in somewhere, and all the men are very tan with Bon Jovi hair and nice black suits, turn around and walk out. Ask if you're unsure--say something like, "hairu wa, ikura desu ka?" or just the word "charge" or "cover" in your best Japanese accent. If you hear a number in the answer, turn around and walk out.

E. Gonzo. One nice thing about Japan is that, unless you are being destructive or waking people up, no one is going to bother you for loitering or public intoxication or vagrancy, or any of those other bullshit laws that police in other countries use to harass people. Sometimes it's fun to see what fate has in store for you. I have quite randomly come across some very fun situations involving crazy props with some cool J-people. I have also ended up with bottle rocket shrapnel embedded in my hand. Grab some conbini drinks, wander the streets, talk to people, and see what you can get into. NOTE: This is not a recommended solo activity if you're female. When the sun comes up, the party gets weird. An hour to your first train-you've almost made it! You should stop drinking now, if you haven't already. Grab something to eat--Yoshinoya, truck ramen, and McDonald's are popular choices. Go to the bathroom and tidy yourself up in case your students are on the train. Make sure to run by the conbini to get a genki drink and Aquarius Zero for when you wake up later. If you have to wait in the station note that the waiting rooms are often incredibly uncomfortable, as is the grassy knoll in front of Takaoka Station (scratchy grass). Chill on the sidewalk in front of the station, or if you're feeling cheeky, go on to your platform and lay down on the ground. Be careful about falling asleep at this point--more than once I've made it through the night only to sleep through my first train. When you get home, drink a big glass of water and sleep all day--you've earned it!

When things go wrong on the train. From Toyama-shi to Kanazawa, there are 13 stations. In two years, I have slept in or had drunken mishaps in 8 of these. I have also come to at about 7am on a back road in my own town with my bicycle on top of me. I'm not telling you this because I think you'll be impressed. I'm not unique in drunken mishaps. I just want you to know that I know what I'm talking about when I say keep your shit together when you're riding the train after a long night; it's not that hard to find yourself in undesirable circumstances. Here's the list of mine, along with my own personal fail rating.

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Welcome Weekend 2008 Toyama. Have slept here several times waiting for the first train--no big deal. Was once awakened by a crazy homeless man all up in my face, and once by the station guy for sleeping on the platform. Fail rating: 2 Daimon. Actually a last train incident. Accidentally got off at the station before mine, decided to try to walk home. Rescued by Ichan three hours later--crying, freezing, and lost. Fail rating: 5 Takaoka. Have also slept here several times waiting for the first train, usually without incident. On two separate occasions scolded by security for sleeping on the waiting room floor. Also slept through a scolding for sleeping on the stairs of the platform. Josh told the security guy, "Gambatte." Indeed. Fail rating: 2 Fukuoka. Fell asleep on the train, disembarked at what I believed was my station, actually went throught the gate and into the station and (I shit you not) wondered when all the woodwork went up. Realized that there had been no overnight remodeling, tried and failed to get my ticket back from the ticket guy, bought another ticket, and slept in a chair on the platform for an hour or two. Then I missed my stop on the next train I took, and was awoken by a conductor in Toyama. On the third try, I finally made it off at my stop. Fail rating: 8 Isurugi. Also a last train incident. During some very drunken, somewhat dangerous antics by some members of my party, we ended up on the wrong platform, and subsequently, the wrong train. We very quickly became excited about an all-nighter in Kanazawa, and were mildly disappointed that there was one more express to Toyama. Ended up having the best karaoke of my life that night, aka "Epic Karaoke." Fail rating: 0 (It was a great ride) Kurikara. Woke up sitting in a chair in a completely unknown train station in the middle of nowhere. Had no idea how I got there. Never did find my keys. Fail rating: 7 Morimoto. Woke up sprawled out on the platform stairs and immediately jumped on the first train I saw. Got out at the next stop after I realized I had no idea where I was or where I was going (far away from home and the wrong direction). Saw that I was missing my purse and hopped the next train back to Morimoto where my purse was not. Took the next train home, where I was greeted by a huge group of my students. My purse was found in Fukui and returned to me with all the contents still inside. Fail rating: 10 Kanazawa. Nothing really bad here. I've just snoozed a bit waiting for my first train in the morning. The one fail point is because one of these trains was the one where I woke up stroking the upper thigh of the in-

10 Pro-Tips: 1. Pack a little bag before you go out. Things like sunglasses, eye drops, a toothbrush, something to do while waiting (magazine/ipod/ds), a hand towel, wet wipes, etc. can really make that last hour before the train (always the hardest) a little more bearable. 2. Take a picture of your train's schedule board with your ketai. That way, you can check train times at any point in the night. 3. Carry cash. You won't always be able to find an ATM. Max says, "10,000 extra is enough to get you into trouble, and enough to get you out." 4. Everyone has a night where they lose their shit. If you know your companion is having some trouble, don't be a jerk, help him out. 5. If you are always the one who loses his shit, you are the jerk. You are ruining everyone's fun. Pull it together or stop drinking. 6. Be careful. Yes, yes, Japan is safe. However, you will definitely find some unsavory people hanging out in stations. Don't lose your belongings, and be aware of what's going on around you. 7. Sleeping at the station doesn't seem to be illegal, but the station guys always get irritated if I do it laying down instead of sitting up. Just curl up somewhere out of the way--the worst that will happen is someone will tell you to move. It seems you can get away with whatever outside in front of the station.


T.R.A.M. 8. It is so, so, easy to be lulled to sleep by the rocking of the train. Stay awake! Stand if you have to. It really sucks to miss your stop. 9. If you ever end up at the wrong station, don't panic, and don't go through the ticket gate. Find out when the next train to your destination is, go to that platform, and wait with your original ticket. I know a girl who had to pay for express tickets from Toyama->Kanazawa->Toyama->Kanazawa->Takaoka because she kept falling asleep and then going through the ticket gates. 10. The worst mistakes I've made on trains have been because I was too drunk to function. Don't get that drunk, and then you will only have to combat fatigue. Hope to see you out there!

Takaoka Matsuri Fishicide Takaoka main street was lit up with glowing red lanterns and decorated with multicoloured ticker tape, a shamisen played in the background, and various `food-on-astick` stalls wafted tantilising flavours through the air. In short, the mood was infectious. So I decided what better way to celebrate this August matsuri than by buying a couple of goldfish from a street stall. As you do! The surly young man at the stall handed me a paper net to catch my fish with...not a good

start! With much exasperation I finally netted myself two beauties and gleefully took them home. Because this had been a spontaneous purchase, I had no suitable accomodation in my tiny apartment for my two new roommates. So, as a temporary measure, I popped them into a miso soup bowl. As you do! I named them Sushi and Sashimi (the only two Japanese words I knew at the time), but I think that Sashimi my favourite of the two - got the wrong idea about my intentions

Paula Kerrigan for him. Wrongly believing that I was about to serve him as a tasty hors d'ovre, he jumped out of the miso bowl and committed suicide! How rude! I managed to replace Sashimi a few days later with a new goldfish who I've named Sakana, but Sushi and I both feel that he's a poor substitute for Sashimi. These two lucky fish now live in a converted terrarium (converted in that I've put water in it!) possessing an all important upgrade feature: a lid!

RECREATIONAL WHALING FOR PEACE (& OTHER ENQUIRIES) あ-san

“PeaceBoat…unnnn. Kore wa kujira koto janai?”

Steve -オ-

“No, no… its nothing to do with whales. That’s Green Peace. ”

あ-san

“Oh, sou desu ka”

---------------------------------Since about the 5th anniversary of my first arrival on these fair (greying?) Japanese shores, this new and recurring question has been added to an already significant list.

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Now don’t get me wrong, the kami-sama(s) have blessed this archipelago with all manner of fascinations, but let’s just say that after several years as a gaikokujin one becomes;


Welcome Weekend 2008 - fairly used to queries regarding the ability to prepare one’s own meals, - a past-master at gracefully receiving encouraging statements regarding language and/or chopstick proficiency,

- accustomed to one’s homeland being able to be summed up in a handful of foodstuffs/tourist spots, or in my own case, “kawaii” furry pocketed marsupials.

Bedouin bloke in Wadi Rum Desert, Jordan

Needless to say, it’s an honour and a privilege to be able to field and respond to such earnest enquiries. New variations on these themes are also welcomed. As the pre-jaded will surely agree, the beauty of such things is that they are indeed an opportunity.

So, with this in mind, and though you didn’t ask personally, I will take the liberty to provide this brief summary from PeaceBoat’s own website…

PB is a Japan-based international non-governmental and non-profit organization that works to promote peace, human rights, equal and sustainable development and respect for the environment. PB seeks to create awareness and action based on effecting positive social and political change in the world. We pursue this through the organization of global educational programmes, responsible travel, cooperative projects and advocacy activities. These activities are carried out on a partnership basis with other civil society organizations and communities in Japan, North-East Asia, and around the world. PB carries out its main activities through a chartered passenger ship that travels the world on peace voyages. The ship creates a neutral, mobile space and enables people to engage across borders in dialogue and mutual cooperation at sea, and in the ports that we visit. Activities based on Japan and Northeast Asia are carried out from our eight Peace Centers in Japan.

So what does that mean to you? Well, hundreds of English and Español teachers and translators (including more than a few former Toyama JETs) have been on board this vessel, teaching the lingo and giving their skills in return for a gratis trip around the world; surely one of the most memorable ways to add to a Japan experience, while opening one’s eyes further to the world.

Sound’s like your cup of nihon-shu? Check it out at http:// www.peaceboat.org/english/gvld/index.html

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Personally, it was a life affirming experience filled with challenges, new faces becoming great mates, unforgettable moments, big smiles, the occasional tears of frustration or joy, and new sights around very corner. Sunrises and sunsets and vistas verging on the incredible – just like a year of JET all jammed into 3.5 months.

And, if you’re really lucky, one early morning you might even get to share the breathtaking sight of a breaching whale with a bunch of gob-smacked nihonjin passengers… priceless.

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Shogawa Steve-オ- - Inami Senior High School / Tonami Yogo ALT, 2003-2006

Dear Mom and Pop, The duties of a CIR are various. Specifically, there is translation, interpretation, and then more loosely there is "cultural exchange" and assisting both foreigners in Japan, and helping Japanese society to get used to an increasingly international world. Not to mention tons of school visits. Yesterday I helped heard a group of about sixty young Chinese woman back to their dormitory after a traditional Japanese bon dance that we all participated in. As a traditional Japanese ceremony you would expect the locals to take part. However, most of the Japanese townspeople just watched as me, the sixty young Chinese women, and about eleven old Japanese ladies (the only ones who actually knew how to do the dance) spun around in circles and threw our arms in all sorts of directions. Even more than being the only white person at the festival, the fact that I was the only male dancing weighed heavily on my shoulders. Even though it charmed the hell out of the Chinese girls, it was an arduous task. A little drunk old man eventually joined me later to represent the male population. I'm not quite sure what these specific Chinese girls are here for. They don't speak English, and only one of them had been making an attempt to learn Japanese, so we were chatting and she was using a special specific word to describe why they were all there, but I didn't understand the word. It turns out that Chinese girls are constantly flooding in and out of Nanto for about a three year period stay. I looked up the word that she was using later and found that it means "trainee"....


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which could basically mean anything. I found out even later that they are actually textile workers. Anyways, I escorted the girls back to their dormitory, which is only about a block away from my house, around 10 pm, and then went and got my bike and looped back around just to look for stragglers. This is where I encountered my first stray cat in Japan. The encounter stands out in my mind because, oddly for a cat, as I biked past, it gave only the slightest indication of awareness of my presence. Usually even the friendliest cats will seize up and stare you down if you come within a certain radius. You know cats; it should have at least acted concerned. So I biked back around again and stood there watching it. It was a typical stray cat color, sandy brown fur, and a funny pattern on its face like it was wearing a black mask that had been cracked in half and splattered with mud. Then it finally noticed me, and started meowing. It seemed as confused by this encounter as I was, I mean, shouldn't the cat just run away? Unless there is something wrong with it, like it is sick, or hungry for delicious foreigner meat. Or maybe it is just hungry for anything, and willing to do unspeakable unforgivable things for a meal. The only food I had on me were some Onigiri, rice balls, that an old art teacher woman had given me. Would a cat eat a ball of rice? I now know that cats do in fact eat rice if they feel so inclined. I have been in Toyama, Nanto-shi for just over a week now, but it feels like forever. I think the loooooooooooooooong orientations in Anchorage, then Tokyo, right after so much flying, then immediately jumping into the workplace office, has really made time slow down. I haven't done too much real work yet, because a lot of it has been just filling out forms and trying to get all my international affairs in order to be able to live here. Setting up bank accounts, insurance, driver's license stuff, phones... Tokyo was very strange, a total kind of "I have been here before, nothing has changed, why the hell am I back here..." kind of feeling, like when you read a chapter in a book but have something else on your mind and decide to go back and read the chapter again, and it is sort of like you don't remember having read it in the first place but every once in a while a sentence sparks a moment of realization, but you are still frustrated that you have to read it again. The weirdest part of Tokyo orientation was being one of only a couple Page 13


dozen CIRs among trillions of total new JETs, the other trillions being ALTs of which many have not been to Japan and do not speak Japanese. It was a total flashback to high school when I came here without knowing Japanese, and everything was so new and different and insane. Some ALTs on the bus would be scrambling to get their cameras out in order to take a picture of the Starbucks we were passing by like "OMG they have STARBUCKS I need a picture of this NOW...they have MCDONALDS!? Haha wow how classic! Picture time picture time!!!" Like they aren't going to be seeing the starbucks on the next block from their apartment ever again, or the McDonalds next door. Yesterday I did my first real "work" kind of stuff. Translating an email from the Mayor of Nanto to the Mayor of a sister-city in Korea. It was a short email and only took about 30 minutes. The newspaper interviewed me after meeting the Mayor of Nanto city on Monday, and I was like I am honored to be here, Nanto is great, very hot, but the way people live in harmony with nature is very similar with the lifestyle of Alaska natives, I am surprised at the differences between here and Hokkaido and delighted at the beauty of the traditional Japanese houses framed by the brilliant greens of the rice fields, I am excited for winter and I am excited to work hard for the city to introduce traditional Japan to an increasingly multicultural multilingual world blah blah blah... then the newspaper guy was like "so.... what's your favorite food?" Yesterday the main boss of the office was like "I read the article in the newspaper! So you like Ramen, huh!" I am going to be in the office practically alone all day. Yesterday night after going to a bon festival, my boss woman was like "ok, I have the day off tomorrow, just like everyone else in the office, but the secretary will be there so have fun." and I was like "ok.... so there won't be any tasks or anything, all I am doing now is waiting for paperwork to come through...is it alright if I leave a little early?" and she was like "oh Yeah! You can leave at.... hmmm... yeah you can go ahead and leave at 5:30pm" "oh but...that is when I normally leave..." "Yup! Have fun!" It is raining a lot today. Very hard. People don't say it is as bad as it was before the floods, but I can't really imagine it being too much worse. I hope that mud splattered mask cat is doing well.

- Will


Jenson in Japan

Welcome Weekend My first night in Japan, I stepped out of the grandiose Keio Plaza, walked the streets of Shinjuku, devouring everything around me with child-like innocence and then I saw it- a devastatingly beautiful Japanese woman, with an unpretentious air of sophistication and elegance about her. She suddenly stopped, I quietly observed, bent down ever so gracefully and then picked up a piece of paper lying incongruous on the streets of Tokyo, placed it in a nearby bin and kept on walking. I was left aghast. More in awe as I contemplate further. In my entire life I had never seen that- a woman, worthy of nothing less than having her divine beauty plastered on every billboard in every country in the world would bend down, in the rain no less, to pick up an idle piece of paper. I would go back and tell all who would hear what I had seen.

That simple act I think, aptly characterizes Japan. Perhaps it is my naivety or unworldliness that would make such a big deal of a seemingly trivial act and in fact that may well be the case. I am from a country most people have never heard of. My only window to the world has for the most part been living vicariously through the pages of “National Geographic”, the images on the Discovery Channel and tales from those privileged enough to explore. The more I ponder, the more I know that I am right. There's an unparalleled reverence to Japan- thousands of years of tradition that fuses almost seamlessly with an utterly modern and progressive society. I have seen spectacular skyscrapers only to be nestled next to ancient shrines; gender bending fashion at a train station with someone wearing a colourful kimono standing right behind; I have dined at a traditional Japanese restaurant, eaten sushi and tempura and next to a Mc Donald's. The contradictions are almost endless. What is not a contradiction is its people- disciplined, kind, honest, friendly are unworthy adjectives to describe these people. Every morning when I bike to work I am greeted by old women who smile and say “Ohayo gozaimasu”, children of all ages who blush and hail a gentle “Konnichiwa”, co-workers who almost always give me first preference to most things whispering “Dozo” and everyone who simply bows in respect. Japan is in fact unlike any place I have ever visited and I am quite sure I ever will. I never had any expectations of coming to Japan to work, much less live, but it happened. The JET Programme came to me; I didn't go to it, only hearing of it only a mere few months before applying. It's funny how life is when you really think about it. You never know who you are going to meet, where you are going to go or what's going to happen. I guess the thrill of not knowing is what makes life so fascinating and well, so beautiful. This experience thus far, has been much more than learning about the Japanese culture. It’s about learning about people and I have come to realise that everyone has a story to tell. I now know of a girl who is of Cambodian and Vietnamese lineage, born in Thailand but left there because of a war and now calls herself an American. I humbled by that. I know of a guy from Harvard, Massachusetts who climbed Mt. Fuji with sandals and the only thought to register in my mind was “Wow!” A Babylonian, born in Iraq, whose family suffered through an oppressive regime, I can now call my friend. I now know a British girl with the most extraordinarily beautiful blue eyes who thought me a new expression called “lovely tired”. I now know a kiwi who told me about her travels throughout Asia, a Scottish couple who shared their love story, an American without ever knowing me showed me around Namerikawa my first day in Toyama. These are a mere few of many stories I have come to love and appreciate. Quite frankly I was scared coming here. I still am honestly. Being here alone, not knowing the language, not having anyone from your country around you is terribly overwhelming. The unfamiliar is terrifying. As much I cherish those who I have met and what I have seen, I still long for my friends and family at times, eager to hear a “trini” accent or a home cooked meal only your mother can make but as I sit on my bed, my laptop on my lap and I look out and see a kaleidoscope of fireworks dotting an already perfect sky, I can safely say I have made the right decision coming here. Page 15

- Jenson Deokiesingh


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British English VS American English

Ruth

Hello. Since moving to Japan and oddly enough in an Asian culture, drowning in a sea of American accents, I have lost count of the amount of times one of my ‘cute English phrases’ has been met with roars of laughter and cries of “Are you freaking kidding me?!” or other such tactful expressions. Now, don’t get me wrong, I love all the Americans and am proud to be English so I am not offended or upset by these things but honestly, confusion is the emotion that best describes my feelings. I understand American English. I don’t think that a word has been uttered to me in American English that I have not understood since I have been here. Maybe sometimes I will find a phrase comical due to the fact that I have not heard it used in conversation since watching Saved by the Bell in 1994, but I will always understand the meaning. What perplexes me is the complete lack of this in reverse. You can not even imagine the uproar that I was met with when describing an ‘egg plant’ as an… Aubergine! True horror (mixed with pure joy) appeared on the faces of all who heard it. I was even asked to write it down which caused more havoc due to the phonetic reading of the word apparently being aa-berg-eye-n. It just feels strange to me that people who speak the same language as me (or so we are told) can sometimes look at me with that same complete confusion on their faces as the non-English speaking people of this country. And so, for your eyes-only I have created a small list of phrases used only by the British, and particularly English translated into their American alternatives. Don’t start saying them though; you’ll sound like a right tit.

Aubergine = Egg plant

Plaster = Band-aid

Anti-Clockwise = Counter-clockwise

A Quid = One Great British pound sterling

Bollocks = Bullshit. E.g. “I’ve climbed Mt. Fuji 30 times!” “That’s Bollocks!”

Rubbish = Garbage/Trash

Bum bag = Fanny pack

Slag off = Diss/Bitch

Butty = Sandwich

Swimming costume/cozzy = Swim suit/ Bathing suit

Candy floss = Cotton candy

Take the piss = Make fun of

Can’t be arsed/Can’t be bothered = I don’t want to because I am too tired/lazy/other.

Uni = College Wellies = Rain boots/Galoshes

Chips = French fries Cotton bud = Q-tip Courgette = Zucchini Crisps = Potato chips Full stop = Period. Fringe = Bangs Ice lolly = Popsicle Knickers = Panties Mardy = Grumpy Off license = Liquor store Page 16

So here begins your international education. Read these words, remember them, learn from them. Because remember, here in Japan we are not American, English, Australian, Canadian, Irish etc. We have lost our identities as individual nationalities and have now all gained the ever sought after label…of gaijin.


A Baptismal Climb

Adam

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You stand at its peak: three thousand seven hundred and seventy six meters above sea level—(that's twelve thousand three hundred and eighty eight feet high for those of us not yet accustomed to how they measure things here). For being so far above the Pacific you're still soaking wet.

Pictures I’ve taken around Japan, of things I find strange or amusing

Elliott Almanza

Anywhere else in the world, they’d say this is too dangerous for the kids to be doing. Lucky for us, we get to see kids perform life-threatening feats for our enjoyment.

Recalling the now-extinct omnirosaur, first of the world’s great omnirorous creatures.

Hershey’s Kiss Island, off the coast of Miyajima, is chocolately and delicious. It’s a shame I ate it. Page 17


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So you get 30 bishes to make sushi for you? How’d you get such a big harem at such a young age? No, it’s not an optical illusion. Those chopsticks are really floating. See, magic does exist in this world… and it only took coming to Japan to realize it.

Japanese Elvis fails miserably. How the fuck does marketing get away with garbage like this? This kid really knows what he wants. I don’t know if Anpanman swings that way, though.

Delicious bukkake-soba. When he asked where I wanted it, I told him to shoot it all over my noodles.

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Boxing champion monkey shows why he’s the boxing champion of the Iwatayama Park monkeys. Look at that amazing reach.

The Mazda Laputa. I don’t think this car’s name would fly in any Spanish-speaking country.

The deer on Miyajima have been known to abduct human babies and put them to work in forcedlabor camps cultivating endless crops of carrots and elderberries.

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Let’s Going to Love Hotel? Getting the girl without knowing the lingo Those of you who know me well, or perhaps even those of you who don’t, know that I am a man of great passions; I love music, I enjoy skiing, I like putting on women’s panties… uhhh… ehem… I mean, I like jazz. Anyway, one of my greatest loves in life, more than even the cross dressing, is enjoying the company of attractive women. Nothing makes a man feel like a man more than a beautiful woman by his side. And I wouldn’t distinguish myself from any of my readers in this assessment, as all of us love the feeling of making a connection with a member of the opposite sex, even if just for a short time. The trouble is that many eligible young gaijin bachelors often feel intimidated in Japan by the seemingly insignificant hindrance of not being able to speak Japanese. Although I don’t consider myself an expert on picking up Japanese girls without using Japanese, I have had my fair share of successes without the use of verbal communication; in certain cases, the inability to have a clear and coherent exchange of ideas with a potential lover has worked to my advantage. Conveying to a member of the opposite sex a sexual or love interest, as many of you know, often requires at least a minor smattering of charm or charisma; making a girl laugh has always been my greatest tool in dating. Interestingly enough, humor can also serve as a scale for measuring the value of a woman; if she doesn’t laugh at my jokes, she has no sense of humor and, therefore, is not worth my time (assuming she isn’t smokingly hot). However, coy remarks and tongue in cheek references are useless in the pursuit of the non-English speaker. The task then becomes making the girl aware of your credentials as a potential mate without the use of words. In a sense, you’re participating in a longer, more subtle game of charades, and the phrase is “I’m dynamite in the sack.” Your first move in non-verbal dating is to interact with a girl in a setting where speaking is either not the primary means of communication or, better yet, not a means of communication at all. Unless you and your date share an unhealthy obsession with drinking coffee in silence while staring at the wall, taking her to a café is simply out of the question. Going to the movies might make for a more interesting time out, especially since American movies in Japan play in their original English with Japanese subtitles. However, take into account that after the movie is over, you won’t be able to deconstruct the film with your partner far beyond “yes good!” What would Roger Ebert say? On second thought, he’d probably say, “you’re hired! Roeper, you’re fired.” So where do mimes go on dates? The answer is simple: nightclubs. With loud music blasting, spirituous drinks flowing, and the chance to dress up like a pimp and bust a move on the table, the male is afforded more than ample opportunity to show off his feathers without having to quack up his date (peacock reference – peacocks quack, right?). Bringing your date to a place where it’s too loud to talk is optimal when talking is not an option. Come to think of it, it’s not so bad when your date can speak English either! In a situation such as this one, it is important to go in a group. Meet her at the club at an agreed upon time, and tell her to bring friends as you will bring some of your (male) friends. SMS or email is the essential tool in this case. Most Japanese understand enough English to read an email as long as it’s kept simple. A phone conversation will just be awkward and confusing and can result in you standing in front of a Yoshinoya in Kosugi for four hours. When she gets to the club, offer her a drink. This is the only point in the date when you will need to speak to each other. Keep it short and simple: “How are you?” “Do you like music?” When your conversation reaches a standstill, even if you haven’t finished drinking, let’s time to dancing! This is the moment in the date when you really shine. Dance around and have a good old time. Get the whole group involved. Make some funny faces or bust some unorthodox moves to make her laugh. Japanese girls love taking pictures so strike a pose or two or three or a hundred. Take as many fun photos as you possibly can; the more pictures she takes, the more she conveys to you that this is a night she wishes to remember. If you’re hoping to follow up with the girl, being photogenic can serve as a very important investment in a possible future relationship. Now for those of you who don’t plan dates and are looking simply to pick up, most of the aforementioned rules apply. In addition, it would do you no harm to learn some Japanese ahead of time, just enough for one or two jokes and to ask her if she uses birth control; this way she knows you won’t be clueless tomorrow when she says “Get the fuck out, kudesai!” Page 20


Welcome Weekend 2008 After you’ve rocked it out in the club long enough, your next job is to get her away from her friends and alone with you. If going back to yours or her place doesn’t seem a viable option yet, karaoke always provides the perfect segue. Take her to the nearest joint, order nomihodai and together butcher some of the world’s greatest hits. Try to stick to songs Japanese people know: The Beatles, The Carpenters, etc. Ask her what her favorite song is and sing it to her. She’ll really believe that Elvis is still alive… in you! I’d like to tell you what to do next, but dating isn’t an exact science. You may not get the girl home the first night, but chances are, if she’s going out with a guy who couldn’t put two words together in Japanese to save his life, she’s not looking for a lifelong companion either. If she doesn’t want to have sex with you, she’ll let you know that she’s sick or having her period or that the need to address New Zealand’s real estate market recession is too damn urgent to be thinking about fucking, and you’ll back down; no awkward silences or explanations about virtue and purity rings. In the end, the game is the same with Japanese girls as it is with girls from your home country. If you play it cool and show you’re the kind of guy who enjoys a good time, you’ll do fine. And if the night should end with you out on the streets alone, you’re date long since gone back home, you don’t need any knowledge of Japanese to understand the meaning of “masaji, one thousand yen.”

Hey, so this is a word by word of Hsing's grand realization. Hsing: (Picks up salt shaker, and looks at it with puzzlement) Is this Mozzarella cheese? Hilda: I think it's salt.... Hsing: (Still looking puzzled...) What are these giant rocks? David/Hilda/Van: Rice grains.... Hsing: OHH! *FYI: Rice prevents salt from clumping in damp weather.* Ps. We <3Hsing! We got permission from Hsing to put this in the T.R.A.M. :)

These quotes may be offensive (or funny. Or not). You are warned. This is what happens when online translators are used for Japanese.

“The sh*t become the biogas and it run a bus in town.” “In addition, awful, do not you use the temporary income that oneself received suddenly for chickensh*t?” “I knew these, and a bitter orange understood what I should have done for environment.” “The story is one n*#$@rdly grandmother’s.”

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A few words from some brave new ALTs

And here we figured we do to the new ALTs what we did unto the Leavers ALTs. Thanks to James for getting this shit together. :D Oh, and the editors did them too. Cuz we can.

AND NOW, THE 152nd ANNUAL T.R.A.M. WELCOME QUESTIONNAIRE...

Kim Ryan Harper 1) Name please (nickname is fine): Kim 2 2) Where are you from? Where have you lived? Oregon is where I am from. First I lived upstairs but then the room was turned into a storage room so my brother and I shared a room downstairs but I got to old for him so we split up and I got the room across from his room but pretty soon he moved out of our old room so then I took his room. But I didn't like that room so now I live back in my old room. I slept on the couch in the living room for a week if that counts as well. 3) Where did they place you in the prefecture? Kamiichi - in a house where the creature from the movie the Grudge lives. 4) What were your three placement requests on the JET application? Toyama prefecture... ...Thats it. I really just pointed at a map with my eyes closed for this one. 5) Can you eat Japanese food? Yes, even with my eyes closed (see #4 for confirmation of "eyes closed" ability) 6) If you answered YES to question one, can you also eat sashimi? Sashimi means "deer-fur" right? So yes, yes I can. 7) What is your favourite holiday? The Jewish one... or at least the really cool one with all the candles. I like candles. 8) Proudest elementary school memory? Its between me and him. 9) Least proud university memory? Its between me and him. 10) Please rate your chopstick ability using one of the following items: Chicken Nugget, Rice, Cherry Tomato, Soybean (uncooked), Ice Cube (not the artist), Mayonnaise I rate it 7: Ice Cube, the artist (I am assuming Vanilla Ice on this one). 11) One word to describe your new apartment: Ecosystem (I stole that word from my predecessor) 12) How do you feel about bread? It looks lonely sometimes but othertimes it looks like it just doesn't give a shit. Page 22


Welcome Weekend 2008 13) Can you REALLY eat sashimi? Don't lie. Yes, and I didn't. 14) Which of these tupac-style stomach tattoos most accurately sum up your life before coming to japan: thug life, chug life, hug life, nug life, tug life or bug life? Rug life - I'm a homemaker not a homewrecker. 15) Are you likely to take horribly drunken photos of others and indiscriminately post them on facebook? No, I prefer to take them when they are sober. (that was meant to sound creepy) 16) Now that you've already been to a Japanese mall or supermarket, what is the most ridiculously unnecessary item you packed? Re-used chopsticks. And yes, I re-used them. 17) Be honest, what did you smuggle through customs? Gin, but then I found out I didn't need to smuggle alcohol so I really don't feel that cool anymore. 18) Before Japan, what is the most ridiculous thing you have seen another human being do? (remember this a year from now) Two men pissin in one urinal. One young, the other old. The old man looked down at the young man's goods then looked up and smiled. 19) What is your stripper name? (take your first pet's name and your mother's maiden name) Ginger Myers. 20) Karaoke + Beer = â&#x20AC;&#x153;__________________" sounds about right.

Melanie Camurati 1) Name please (nickname is fine): Melanie Camurati 2) Where are you from? I'm from the part of New York City that looks like Seoul and Hong Kong's illigitemate child. No, they don't speak English there either. Where have you lived? In the recesses of my imagination. 3) Where did they place you in the prefecture? Takaoka 4) What were your three placement requests on the JET application? Hyogo, Kobe, Nara. Like they would have given me THAT, pssh. 5) Can you eat Japanese food? Yes, I can. Whether I want to or not is another question entirely. 6) If you answered YES to question one, can you also eat sashimi? OMNOMNOMNOM, BRING IT, BITCH. 7) What is your favourite holiday? Brooklyn-Queens day. I don't know what it is but it was an excuse to not have school while everyone living anywhere else did. TAKE THAT! 8) Proudest elementary school memory? Being able to name all the aliens in Jabba's palace.

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T.R.A.M. 9) Least proud university memory? Being able to name all the aliens in Jabba's palace. 10) Please rate your chopstick ability using one of the following items: Lemon curry? 11) One word to describe your new apartment: Pimped. 12) How do you feel about bread? The same way I feel about sex- as long as I'm here, I'm probably not going to get any... and if I do, it won't be any good. 13) Can you REALLY eat sashimi? I've had worse. Come on, you pansy. 14) Which of these tupac-style stomach tattoos most accurately sum up your life before coming to japan: thug life, chug life, hug life, nug life, tug life or bug life? No life. 15) Are you likely to take horribly drunken photos of others and indiscriminately post them on facebook? No, in all the embarrassing pictures I post people are perfectly sober in and know full well what's coming to them. 16) Now that you've already been to a Japanese mall or supermarket, what is the most ridiculously unnecessary item you packed? The feeling that I, too, Can Make A Difference (TM) 17) Be honest, what did you smuggle through customs? A few bags of Skittles and a shitload of good coffee. 18) Before Japan, what is the most ridiculous thing you have seen another human being do? Give or take 300 people dressed like pirates singing Rick Astley's "Never Gonna Give You Up" at the Church of Scientology headquarters in Times Square. Which was, by the way, empty at the time. 19) What is your stripper name? (take your first pet's name and your mother's maiden name) Spock Campo 20.) Karaoke + Chu-Hi = If you don't know what Takarazuka showtunessound like, YOU WILL NOW.

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Emmett Barton 1) Name please (nickname is fine): Emmett Barton 2) Where are you from? Where have you lived?: Nashville, Tennessee, America. I've lived in Bowling Green, Kentucky; New York, New York; San Antonio, Texas; and some other places at different times. 3) Where did they place you in the prefecture? Takaoka 4) What were your three placement requests on the JET application? Daishoji, Ishikawa, Gifu and Aichi 5) Can you eat Japanese food? Yes. 6) If you answered YES to question one, can you also eat sashimi? Yes. 7) What is your favourite holiday? I like all of them because, generally, it means I don't have to go to work. 8) Proudest elementary school memory? Dressing myself in a bowtie every day I could get away with it. 9) Least proud university memory? Is this really the time or place...

Welcome Weekend 2008 most accurately sum up your life before coming to japan: thug life, chug life, hug life, nug life, tug life or bug life? I refuse to discuss my stomach tattoos. 15) Are you likely to take horribly drunken photos of others and indiscriminately post them on facebook? Have you checked you Facebook feed lately? 16) Now that you've already been to a Japanese mall or supermarket, what is the most ridiculously unnecessary item you packed? Omiyage. 17) Be honest, what did you smuggle through customs? Everything, technically. They didn't bother with my customs slip. 18) Before Japan, what is the most ridiculous thing you have seen another human being do? (remember this a year from now) Go nuts over stuff from Japan. 19) What is your stripper name? (take your first pet's name and your mother's maiden name) Fluffy Borodine 19) Karaoke + Beer = __a bewildering amount of fun____________.

10) Please rate your chopstick ability using one of the following items: Chicken Nugget, Rice, Cherry Tomato, Soybean (uncooked), Ice Cube (not the artist), Mayonnaise: Ice Cube. 11) One word to describe your new apartment: Mansion. 12) How do you feel about bread? Sustaining human life for 12,000 years and counting. 13) Can you REALLY eat sashimi? Don't lie. Okay, let's do this. Take me out to dinner, buy me some sashimi, and we will see for ourselves. 14) Which of these tupac-style stomach tattoos Page 25


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Ruth 1) Name please (nickname is fine): Ruth 2) Where are you from? Where have you lived? Manchester, England. I went to University in Sheffield. 3) Where did they place you in the prefecture? Tonami - City. party central. 4) What were your three placement requests on the JET application? I don't think i requested anything, i have no japan knowledge. 5) Can you eat Japanese food? Yes. 6) If you answered YES to question one, can you also eat sashimi? Yes indeed I can. depending. fish eggs are fucking weird though. 7) What is your favourite holiday? Does that mean what is the best holiday I've been on? I went to mexico with Arizona state college students on spring break. it was..educational.

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8) Proudest elementary school memory? I won 4th prize in a poetry contest for my poem "playground". what a wicked day. 9) Least proud university memory? vomiting in the corner of a club into my hands. mm. 10) Please rate your chopstick ability using one of the following items: Chicken Nugget, Rice, Cherry Tomato, Soybean (uncooked), Ice Cube (not the artist), Mayonnaise? Soybean. 11) One word to describe your new apartment: futons. 12) How do you feel about bread? i like bread. Why can you not buy more than 4 slices though? 13) Can you REALLY eat sashimi? Don't lie. yes. 14) Which of these tupac-style stomach tattoos most accurately sum up your life before coming to japan: thug life, chug life, hug life, nug life, tug life or bug life? I don't understand this question. 15) Are you likely to take horribly drunken photos of others and indiscriminately post them on facebook? yes. 16) Now that you've already been to a Japanese mall or supermarket, what is the most ridiculously unnecessary item you packed? My playstation doesnt work. so that. shit. 17) Be honest, what did you smuggle through customs? I am a very well behaved young lady thankyou very much. 18) Before Japan, what is the most ridiculous thing you have seen another human being do? (remember this a year from now) 19) What is your stripper name? (take your first pet's name and your mother's maiden name) Dennis Rimmer. nice. 20) Karaoke + Beer = _Sonny + Cher________________.

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Rebekah Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Brien 1) Name please (nickname is fine):Rebekah O'Brien 2) Where are you from? Where have you lived? Most recently from WA state, have lived in Texas, Alaska, Wisconsin, Minnesota, and China! 3) Where did they place you in the prefecture? Himi, with the beach, the mountains, and the onsens! 4) What were your three placement requests on the JET application? Chiba, Fukoshima, Toyama 5) Can you eat Japanese food? Hell yeah! 6) If you answered YES to question one, can you also eat sashimi? Yeah I can 7) What is your favourite holiday? Halloween

13) Can you REALLY eat sashimi? Don't lie. Yes I can. 14) Which of these tupac-style stomach tattoos most accurately sum up your life before coming to japan: thug life, chug life, hug life, nug life, tug life or bug life? tug life! i was getting tossed around all over the place without a steady sense of home or direction. 19) What is your stripper name? (take your first pet's name and your mother's maiden name)? Well I'm going to use the one that's your first pet's name and the street you grew up (I think that's actually porn star name) on cause "hansen" isn't too sexy. brace yourselves....Aurora Pearl. 20) Karaoke + Beer = __________________. Haven't tried it yet, I've got an appointment with honest to goodness Japanese people!

8) Proudest elementary school memory? Young Author's conference 3 years in a row 9) Least proud university memory? Writing a 15 page paper waay early only to have the professor decide it wasn't due at all. 10) Please rate your chopstick ability using one of the following items: Chicken Nugget, Rice, Cherry Tomato, Soybean (uncooked), Ice Cube (not the artist), Mayonnaise: Cherry tomato but I cheat a little 11) One word to describe your new apartment: Rad 12) How do you feel about bread? Like it dark

Paula Kerrigan 1) Name please (nickname is fine): Paula 'Sashimi' Kerrigan 2) Where are you from? Where have you lived? From Ireland. Have lived in Zimbabwe, South Africa and Italy 3) Where did they place you in the prefecture? Gaijin Towers, Takaoka 4) What were your three placement requests on the JET application? Only had 1, Niigata. I visited my JET friend there last year and

made a lot of friends in that JET community that I would have liked to have lived near enough to visit. 5) Can you eat Japanese food? No limit has been found yet to how much of it I can eat! 6) If you answered YES to question one, can you also eat sashimi? Is that a different question? Sashimi is my favourite and my record is 42 pieces in 1 sitting but I hope to improve on that.


T.R.A.M. 7) What is your favourite holiday? Is that a generic question like, 'I prefer snow holidays'? In that case my answer is 'a long one'. Or would you like me to tell you about the best holiday I've had so far? In that case it would be the time I went to the Iguazu falls at the top of Bolivia for 3 days. 8) Proudest elementary school memory? As a teacher or pupil? As a pupil was when I danced in a welcoming ceremony with my class for some kind of international environmental event and afterwards we lined up and had our hands shaken by Mr. Nelson Mandela. 9) Least proud university memory? Having my final year composition performed by my final year class of musicians. Sorry its lamely academic, but it was terrific to hear a peace I cared so much about performed by such fantastic musicians who wre also my friends. I also never touched a drop of drink during my 3 years in uni. 10) Please rate your chopstick ability using one of the following items: Chicken Nugget, Rice, Cherry Tomato, Soybean (uncooked), Ice Cube (not the artist), Mayonnaise: Rice 11) One word to describe your new apartment: peachy 12) How do you feel about bread? Philosophically? white. 13) Can you REALLY eat sashimi? Don't lie. What is with these ridiculous questions? Is there something sexual here that I am not getting? I love sashimi.

14) Which of these tupac-style stomach tattoos most accurately sum up your life before coming to japan: thug life, chug life, hug life, nug life, tug life or bug life? I dont understand any of these. Chug life. 15) Are you likely to take horribly drunken photos of others and indiscriminately post them on facebook? No I am likely to have photos taken of me whilst drunk and then have to spend all of monday de-tagging myself.

16) Now that you've already been to a Japanese mall or supermarket, what is the most ridiculously unnecessary item you packed? My JET Programme book. We got another one at orientation and there are 2 in my office!! 17) Be honest, what did you smuggle through customs? nothing...I'm a woss (is that how woss is spelt?) (It’s “wuss” dearie. :P) 18) Before Japan, what is the most ridiculous thing you have seen another human being do? (remember this a year from now) a person I know or don't know? does sex count? 19) What is your stripper name? (take your first pet's name and your mother's maiden name) Mistrel Kilfoil 20) Karaoke + Beer = 17?

.denver. 1denver 2 from denver and vancouver, recently in cartagena, colombia 3toyama city 4somwhere far north, somewhere cold and somewhere not humid.... damn! 5yes and no, it depends on whether chopsticks are needed 6 what is sashimi?, but probably yes 7halloween, one of those few days where you can dress up like a woman and not feel bad about it 8getting thrown out of a bar in italy, but only after like hour 9vomiting in the washing machine ("this thing always cleanses up

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Welcome Weekend 2008 my messes" was what i reportedly said that night) 10chicken nugget, becuase those can be a finger food if you really suck at chopsticks like me 11 mahogany 12 bread is terrible until the toast stage 13 really... what is sashimi? to answer the question... my feeling is confusion 14 bug life, chosen by process of elimination 15 oh yes, i tag quicker than van tran when im at my best! 16 the 30kilos of rice 17 knucklebusters 18 It was early in the morning in front of the argentine congress; lots of people were waking to work. Two kids maybe 12 years old were playing soccer with a tennis ball using a big door as the goal... As one of the kids scores, he looks around and runs over to the most busty latin girl he could find. He stops her, buries his head into her breasts and starts screaming GOLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL!!!!!! 19 kitty stottard 19 a scene i avoid

Bryce Rawers Name: Bryce Alexander Salamander Alligator Rawers, at least until I was 12. My cousins played a mean trick on me. From: In San Diego, California I was born and raised. In the pool is where I spent most of my days... My stomach is rebelling from all the Japanese food, but I like sushi, and love sashimi. I will eat sashimi and only sashimi all night long. If you aren't careful, I might eat your sashimi too. My favorite holiday is Thanksgiving. I get to eat good food and never have to do the dishes. And there's lots of pie. I like pie. Fuck cake. I double majored in English Literature and Chopsticks at Occidental University. I can snatch flies from the air. New Apartment: cramped I like toast. Life before Japan: Chug Life I don't take pictures. Karaoke + Beer = Nothing to Fear

Adam 1) Name please (nickname is fine): Adam Tyler Hockensmith 2) Where are you from? Where have you lived? I am from Hagerstown, Maryland (United States), though I lived in Baltimore for 11 years and in Lexington, Virginia for the last 4 years. 3) Where did they place you in the prefecture? I am in Linda Pongonis's old apt; about a 5 minute walk from Toyama Sta-

tion in Toyama-shi. 4) What were your three placement requests on the JET application? I didn't request a placement. I told them to stick me wherever they wanted (interpret this however you wish). 5) Can you eat Japanese food? Yes. 6) If you answered YES to question one, can you also eat sashimi? Yes. 7) What is your favourite holiday? I really like Thanksgiving. Not too

materialistic of a holiday and you get incredible food. 8) Proudest elementary school memory? Beating up a kid for making fun of my shoes (the ones with the velcro straps that lit up). He was such a little asshole (we all couldn't afford kid sized Jordans). 9) Least proud university memory? Getting thrown out of a club by a bouncer with a spike Page 29


T.R.A.M. in his chin during the Kappa Delta formal my freshman year. I was a fucking mess (on the bus ride back I threw up in some girl's gin bucket her sorority big sister made her) and afterward my best friend had to carry me to my room over his shoulders. I got my balls hazed off the next day and rightfully so (this was during pledgeship and I got exempt for a night to go to the formal so you can imagine how pissed off the brothers were). God, that was an awesome night. 10) Please rate your chopstick ability using one of the following items: Chicken Nugget, Rice, Cherry Tomato, Soybean (uncooked), Ice Cube (not the artist), Mayonnaise? Rice? I'm confused.

18) Before Japan, what is the most ridiculous thing you have seen another human being do? (remember this a year from now) At Preakness I saw some drunken fool run on top of a line of cars, jumping from one to the next. I then saw him slip and smash his head into the back of a pickup truck, immediately knocking himself unconscious and gashing open his forehead. 19) What is your stripper name? (take your first pet's name and your mother's maiden name) I don't have a first pet. I'll use the format I was taught, which is my middle name plus the street on which I grew up. So, my stripper name is "Tyler Dogwood" (how nice is that!). 19) Karaoke + Beer = Bad singing + A lot of fun

11) One word to describe your new apartment: Small. 12) How do you feel about bread? It's nice. 13) Can you REALLY eat sashimi? Don't lie. Yes. 14) Which of these tupac-style stomach tattoos most accurately sum up your life before coming to japan: thug life, chug life, hug life, nug life, tug life or bug life? What's a nug? 15) Are you likely to take horribly drunken photos of others and indiscriminately post them on facebook? Absolutely not. 16) Now that you've already been to a Japanese mall or supermarket, what is the most ridiculously unnecessary item you packed? I packed light. Didn't bring anything I didn't need. 17) Be honest, what did you smuggle through customs? Nothing! Honest!

Raewyn MacGregor 1)

Name please (nickname is fine):

Raewyn MacGregor 2) Where are you from? Where have you lived? Wellington, New Zealand. Grew up in Auckland, New Zealand; lived in Dunedin, New Zealand for 5 years while at university; lived in McLean, VA (near Washington DC) for 3 years when I was at elementary school and my Dad worked half time at the NZ Embassy and half time at the Pentagon. And I 'lived' in the Solomon Islands for a month 2 years ago when my parents

first moved there. 3) Where did they place you in the prefecture? I'm in Takaoka! 4) What were your three placement requests on the JET application? I only put two because to be honest I didn't really care too much. I put Nara and Hiroshima. 5) Can you eat Japanese food? Yes! 6) If you answered YES to question one, can you also eat sashimi? Yes.


7) What is your favourite holiday? That's a tough one.... I can't decide between Christmas or Easter... one has roast meat and veges and chocolate the other just has copious amounts of chocolate.... and then of course if I was American there would be the pumpkin pie on Thanksgiving but alas.... anyway I choose my holidays by the foods so it would be one of those 3 if we had Thanksgiving in NZ but we don't so.... 8) Proudest elementary school memory? Say what? I don't remember elementary school that well... perhaps giving my whole class food poisoning from candy that was a year old the day before I moved back to New Zealand??? That's actually the only thing that springs to mind. It was my mother's fault I tell you!!! 9) Least proud university memory? What's not to be proud of at university... I have no regrets and no vomitting in public incidents so....

Welcome Weekend 2008 16) Now that you've already been to a Japanese mall or supermarket, what is the most ridiculously unnecessary item you packed? Tofu-san phone charm 17) Be honest, what did you smuggle through customs? Enough antihistamines for at least a year maybe even longer! 18) Before Japan, what is the most ridiculous thing you have seen another human being do? (remember this a year from now) I went to Otago University.... what isn't ridiculous there? but I'll pick one... The Selwyn Ballet, 25-40 grown boys in tutus dancing on a rugby field as the curtain raiser for a Tri-Nations Rugby Test Match, New Zealand vs South Africa... these are New Zealand's future doctors and lawyers people.... I worry about my country. Or possibly some fool riding down the world's steepest street in a wheelie bin....

10) Please rate your chopstick ability using one of the following items: Chicken Nugget, Rice, Cherry Tomato, Soybean (uncooked), Ice Cube (not the artist), Mayonnaise? umm... Rice?

19) What is your stripper name? (take your first pet's name and your mother's maiden name) Missy Dinnan (OMG that is bad!!!)

11) One word to describe your new apartment: Sparce!

19) Karaoke + Beer = Not me because beer is yeast and yeast is death but Karaoke + other people drinking beer is one big massive laugh.

12) How do you feel about bread? I used to love it.... then it started making me sick (yeast and I are not friends)... so now I shun it like nothing I've ever shunned before. 13) Can you REALLY eat sashimi? Don't lie. Yes but only tuna, only fresh, and only with soy sauce. 14) Which of these tupac-style stomach tattoos most accurately sum up your life before coming to japan: thug life, chug life, hug life, nug life, tug life or bug life? Hug life? 15) Are you likely to take horribly drunken photos of others and indiscriminately post them on facebook? Not my fault if you get drunk and do something stupid so yes. But I'm nice and possibly might sensor them.

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Kim Kreil

1) Name please (nickname is fine): Kim Kreil 2) Where are you from? Where have you lived? Summerville, SC. South Carolina, Georgia, North Carolina, Indiana and Tokyo. 3) Where did they place you in the prefecture? Tonami-shi 4) What were your three placement requests on the JET application? Kanagawa, Chiba and Osaka-ken 5) Can you eat Japanese food? Yes, as long as there`s no seafood involved... or fermented beans. 6) If you answered YES to question one, can you also eat sashimi? Depends. 7) What is your favourite holiday? Christmas 8) Proudest elementary school memory? Owning all the Goosebumps books. 9) Least proud university memory? It involves tequila, a karaoke bar in Shinjuku, and a toilet. Use your imagination (at your discretion). 10) Please rate your chopstick ability using one of the following items: Rice 11) One word to describe your new apartment: HUGE 12) How do you feel about bread? It makes a nice cradle for my ham and cheese. 13) Can you REALLY eat sashimi? Don't lie. Horse sashimi is ok. 14) Which of these tupac-style stomach tattoos most accurately sum up your life before coming to japan: nug life... wait... what?!? 15) Are you likely to take horribly drunken photos of others and indiscriminately post them on facebook? Yes (underlined twice). 16) Now that you've already been to a Japanese mall or supermarket, what is the most ridiculously unnecessary item you packed? Curry powder and Q-tips. 17) Be honest, what did you smuggle through customs? A baby. 18) Before Japan, what is the most ridiculous thing you have seen another human being do? (remember this a year from now) I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t know... all the crazy things I`ve seen in Tokyo are blocking anything else from my memory... 19) What is your stripper name? (take your first pet's name and your mother's maiden name) Cassie Evans 19) Karaoke + Beer = a hot mess.

James 1) Name please (nickname is fine): James "Wake Me Up When It's Over" Floyd 2) Where are you from? Where have you lived? Oakville, Ontario. Born in Edmonton, lived in Montreal and Kingston. 3) Where did they place you in the prefecture? An old Japanese Chateau called Yasunoya 4) What were your three placement requests on the JET application? Fukui, Shizuoka, Kagoshima 5) Can you eat Japanese food? Yes, but refuse to on principle.

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Welcome Weekend 2008 6) If you answered YES to question one, can you also eat sashimi? I have done more to sashimi than you ever want to hear. 7) What is your favourite holiday? National "She's Funny That Way" Day (I shit you not) 8) Proudest elementary school memory? Accidentally saying "orgasm" in class. 9) Least proud university memory? Accidentally having an orgasm in class. 10) Please rate your chopstick ability using one of the following items: Chicken Nugget, Rice, Cherry Tomato, Soybean (uncooked), Ice Cube (not the artist), Mayonnaise Other chopsticks. 11) One word to describe your new apartment: Not so new. 12) How do you feel about bread? I miss it. 13) Can you REALLY eat sashimi? Don't lie. Sashimi eats me. 14) Which of these tupac-style stomach tattoos most accurately sum up your life before coming to japan: thug life, chug life, hug life, nug life, tug life or bug life? Ugg life. 15) Are you likely to take horribly drunken photos of others and indiscriminately post them on facebook? Not until I get a new camera, but when I do, watch out. 16) Now that you've already been to a Japanese mall or supermarket, what is the most ridiculously unnecessary item you packed? Deodorant. My lack of B.O. really makes me stand out at the workplace. 17) Be honest, what did you smuggle through customs? Dangerous question. Ask me privately. 18) Before Japan, what is the most ridiculous thing you have seen another human being do? (remember this a year from now) Thinking. Back. Difficult. Umm. Nah, too hard. IN Toyama, I saw a crackwhore fill 12 glasses full of hot water and have the Saizeriya waiter bring them to her table for her. "What a lack of class," I exclaimed to Laura as I topped off my glass of red wine from the 1.5L one thousand yen bottle. 19) What is your stripper name? (take your first pet's name and your mother's maiden name) Moccasin McTaggart (sekushi, ne) 19) Karaoke + Beer = Elton John. Page 33


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Melissa Messer

1) Name please (nickname is fine): Melissa Messer 2) Where are you from? Where have you lived? San Antonio, Texas, US. I've only lived in the states: Texas, Kentucky, New York 3) Where did they place you in the prefecture? Takaoka!!! 4) What were your three placement requests on the JET application? Ishikawa, Gifu...meh, I forgot. I'm never turnin' my back on Tak, never! 5) Can you eat Japanese food? That depends. Does it have a face? Otherwise I eat everything because food is effing delicious. 6) If you answered YES to question one, can you also eat sashimi? I like to say it more. Sahhh sheeee miiiii. ah. 7) What is your favourite holiday? Fiesta! The holiday in April celebrating when Texas won its independence from Mexico. The whole city (San Antonio) shuts down for parades, beer booths, arts and craft selling, and for cracking confetti filled egg shells on strangers' heads. Otherwise Halloween because I have a black kitty named Alice Jo TigerSpider and its kind of like a day of reverence for her. 8) Proudest elementary school memory? In third grade, my class made wind socks out of butcher paper and crepe paper. Mine was a fish with a long flowy fin. My teacher, Ms. Pitman, selected it to go to the district elementary art show. I wonder where it is now... and if the glitter is still on it. 9) Least proud university memory? Giving a speech to the Communication Department, sweating profusely, and then politely excusing myself to vomit up copious amounts of whiskey consumed the night before. Re-entering the room where the department chair said "I hear it's going around." The crowd nodded supportively. 10) Please rate your chopstick ability using one of the following items: Chicken Nugget, Rice, Cherry Tomato, Soybean (uncooked), Ice Cube (not the artist), Mayonnaise Ice cube. Out of a glass of water. I'm that good. Mayo? Wouldn't touch the stuff. 11) One word to describe your new apartment: Yay! Page 34


12) How do you feel about bread? My fave.

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13) Can you REALLY eat sashimi? Don't lie. Okay, I mean I have. At the welcome dinner because I was effing starving and through with Pringles and Coke! I ate a critter for the first time in 14 years. With lots of wasabi to help it reanimate. 14) Which of these tupac-style stomach tattoos most accurately sum up your life before coming to japan: thug life, chug life, hug life, nug life, tug life or bug life? Well hug life is attractive. But I would rather have abs tatooed on my belly. So I could eat more bread. 15) Are you likely to take horribly drunken photos of others and indiscriminately post them on facebook? Only those with the best lighting and composition. 16) Now that you've already been to a Japanese mall or supermarket, what is the most ridiculously unnecessary item you packed? Animal crackers shaped like the Alamo and Texas as omiyage. Omiyage at all. 17) Be honest, what did you smuggle through customs? I took the last of my pseudoephedrine as I exited the plane, vowing to kick the habit. So, nothing. 18) Before Japan, what is the most ridiculous thing you have seen another human being do? (remember this a year from now) Hmm...there were a lot of ties from ye ole college days. But, for some reason our friend Jay jumping on some people's table at a bar in Brooklyn and giving the innocent five patrons a spastic lap dance while a swirling pizza was projected on the wall behind him, while the victims cursed and yelled, and some unsettlingly remixed Michael Jackson played comes to mind. Remember that Emmett? I just couldn't look away. Disaster porn at it's finest. 19) What is your stripper name? (take your first pet's name and your mother's maiden name) Alice Jo Tiger-Spider Ragland 19) Karaoke + Beer = _Al Green__.

Stephanie Simpson-White 1) Name please (nickname is fine): Stephanie AKA Stephie AKA Starfuny AKA Steparmee AKA Stirfany AKA... 2) Where are you from? Where have you lived?: Am from Boston. Was born in Costa Rica. Have lived in Japan. 3) Where did they place you in the prefecture? Toyamer 4) What were your three placement requests on the JET application? Kanazawa, Kyoto, Osaka Page 35


T.R.A.M. 5) Can you eat Japanese food? Absorutery. 6) If you answered YES to question five, can you also eat sashimi? Mmm.... raw fish slices.... 7) What is your favourite holiday? You mean in Japan? No such thing. Oh, you mean a REAL holiday. In that case Christmas, I guess. I'm pretty big on family. 8) Proudest elementary school memory? Dressing up in a traditional Jamaican dress to sing "It's a Small World" with my classmates.

13) Can you REALLY eat sashimi? Don't lie. My entire family likes fish. I'm the only one who prefers it raw. 14) Which of these tupac-style stomach tattoos most accurately sum up your life before coming to japan: thug life, chug life, hug life, nug life, tug life or bug life? Weenug Life. 15) Are you likely to take horribly drunken photos of others and indiscriminately post them on facebook? Seeing as how I'm TRAM photographer, yes. Definitely yes.

9) Least proud university memory? Sigh... I was a total geek. Never did anything noteworthy.

16) Now that you've already been to a Japanese mall or supermarket, what is the most ridiculously unnecessary item you packed? Chopsticks.

10) Please rate your chopstick ability using one of the following items: Chicken Nugget, Rice, Cherry Tomato, Soybean (uncooked), Ice Cube (not the artist), Mayonnaise: Water.

17) Be honest, what did you smuggle through customs? Bootleg China DVDs, cake, and DAMMIT I FORGOT THE SEX TOYS!!!

11) One word to describe your new apartment: Sunshiny. And eighty-eight-y. 12) How do you feel about bread? I think it's funny that Japanese people think Americans eat nothing but bread when they put things in and on bread that we would never DREAM of. Corn and cheese bread? Takoyaki bread? Yakisoba bread? I LOVE IT.

18) Before Japan, what is the most ridiculous thing you have seen another human being do? (remember this a year from now) Well, the person was Japanese, so I don't think that counts. 19) What is your stripper name? (take your first pet's name and your mother's maiden name) Sonic White (sounds like a guy's name >_<) 19) Karaoke + Beer = The Greatest Thing Since Sliced Bread

Steph Weick 1) Name please (nickname is fine):

Steph Weick

2) Where are you from? Where have you lived? St. Louis, Missouri. Missoura 3) Where did they place you in the prefecture? The city of tulips, a.k.a. Tonami. 4) What were your three placement requests on the JET application? Shiraz, Arles, and Freetown. 5) Can you eat Japanese food? I can. 6) If you answered YES to question one, can you also eat sashimi? I thought sashimi was a dance move? 7) What is your favourite holiday? Thursdays. 8) Proudest elementary school memory? While playing basketball in the third grade I never made any points for the team all season. In the last game of the season I finally made one basket. The only problem, it was for the wrong team. 9) Least proud university memory? Page 36

Freshman year, being drunk at a Halloween party and making out with a friend who was wearing one of those blow-up sumo costumes, in front of a lot of people.


Welcome Weekend 2008 10) Please rate your chopstick ability using one of the following items: Chicken Nugget, Rice, Cherry Tomato, Soybean (uncooked), Ice Cube (not the artist), Mayonnaise More like warm mayonnaise. 11) One word to describe your new apartment: Clean. 12) How do you feel about bread? Why is it always cream filled in Japan? 13) Can you REALLY eat sashimi? Don't lie. I believe so, I could last week. 14) Which of these tupac-style stomach tattoos most accurately sum up your life before coming to japan: thug life, chug life, hug life, nug life, tug life or bug life? All of the above. 15) Are you likely to take horribly drunken photos of others and indiscriminately post them on facebook? No, but I wish people would stop doing it to me.

16) Now that you've already been to a Japanese mall or supermarket, what is the most ridiculously unnecessary item you packed? Q-tips? 17) Be honest, what did you smuggle through customs? ???? 18) Before Japan, what is the most ridiculous thing you have seen another human being do? (remember this a year from now) This past summer I saw a grown woman being pushed around in a grocery cart at the supermarket by her husband. 19) What is your stripper name? (take your first pet's name and your mother's maiden name) Spookey Schmitt. 19) Karaoke + Beer = Mariah Carey, `Always be my baby.`

Will Shep Moore 1) Name please (nickname is fine): Will 2) Where are you from? Where have you lived? Born and raised in Fairbanks, Alaska, USA. I spent many moons at school in both Hawaii, USA and Sapporo, Hokkaido, Japan. 3) Where did they place you in the prefecture? Nanto, the superfriends of cities. Fukumitsu is the superman, strong and bold. Toga is the Batman, dark and mysterious master of the night. Taira and Kamitaira are the Robins, turbulent youths, supporting Toga in it`s adventures. Johana is WonderWoman, beautiful as Aphrodite, wise as Athena. Fukuno is the Aquaman. Likes Fish.

9) Least proud university memory? blocked blocked blocked 10) Please rate your chopstick ability using one of the following items: Chicken Nugget, Rice, Cherry Tomato, Soybean (uncooked), Ice Cube (not the artist), Mayonnaise Ice Cube 11) One word to describe your new apartment: Low ceilings 12) How do you feel about bread? It doesn't bother me.

4) What were your three placement requests on the JET application? Nowhere specific. I'm a gambling man. 5) Can you eat Japanese food? YES 6) If you answered YES to question one, can you also eat sashimi? Yes 7) What is your favourite holiday? Halloween 8) Proudest elementary school memory? Winning the science fair with a study on the probability of choosing a chocolate you liked from a multiflavored box of chocolates. Page 37


T.R.A.M. 13) Can you REALLY eat sashimi? Don't lie. ...maybe... 14) Which of these tupac-style stomach tattoos most accurately sum up your life before coming to japan: thug life, chug life, hug life, nug life, tug life or bug life? bug life 15) Are you likely to take horribly drunken photos of others and indiscriminately post them on facebook? No, I keep them in my blackmail stash. 16) Now that you've already been to a Japanese mall or supermarket, what is the most ridiculously unnecessary item you packed?

A vending machine. 17) Be honest, what did you smuggle through customs? A polar bear. 18) Before Japan, what is the most ridiculous thing you have seen another human being do? (remember this a year from now) Run up and slap a full grown mother moose on her haunches. She was NOT pleased. 19) What is your stripper name? (take your first pet's name and your mother's maiden name) Freddie Trudell

Shambhavi Kadam 1) Name please (nickname is fine): Shambhavi Kadam 2) Where are you from? Where have you lived? Houston. Seattle, India, Houston, Boston.

watching for all the TV I watched when I got home in the evenings. Oh...but there was this one time in 2nd grade that I wrote a spin-off of Darkwing Duck called the Adventures of Super Bunny. I was pretty proud of that.

3) Where did they place you in the prefecture?

9) Least proud university memory?

Takaoka

Drunkenly (and we're talking black-out drunk here) breaking into someone's room and trying to steal their laundry when I turned 21. I got caught because I couldn't figure out how to turn the handle on the door to get out. Yeah...I'm not to proud of that.

4) What were your three placement requests on the JET application? Left that sucker blank. 5) Can you eat Japanese food? Only if Sam or Megan or someone who speaks Japanese can translate the menu for me. 6) If you answered YES to question one, can you also eat sashimi? Never tried, but if it's Tuna or Salmon I probably can. 7) What is your favourite holiday? Halloween + anything that means no work.

10) Please rate your chopstick ability using one of the following items: I like rice...so I will go with rice. 11) One word to describe your new apartment: madeofawesome 12) How do you feel about bread? Bread >>> universe. It's been 95% of my diet since I got to Japan.

8) Proudest elementary school memory? I don't remember much of elementary school...except

13) Can you REALLY eat sashimi? Don't lie. In the last 6 questions I still haven't tried it...

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14) Which of these tupac-style stomach tattoos


Welcome Weekend 2008 most accurately sum up your life before coming to japan: thug life, chug life, hug life, nug life, tug life or bug life?

Lots and lots of medicine and contact lenses.

Bug. Definitely.

18) Before Japan, what is the most ridiculous thing you have seen another human being do? (remember this a year from now)

15) Are you likely to take horribly drunken photos of others and indiscriminately post them on facebook?

New Years, 2007. Someone pooping in the middle of an apartment complex parking lot.

No, it is more likely that I will be the drunk one in the horrible photos.

19) What is your stripper name? (take your first pet's name and your mother's maiden name)

16) Now that you've already been to a Japanese mall or supermarket, what is the most ridiculously unnecessary item you packed?

Data Suryavamse. That name is made of fail.

My 4 months supply of shampoo and conditioner.

19) Karaoke + Beer = TV Theme Song Medley...we don't even need the stinkin machine.

17) Be honest, what did you smuggle through customs?

Stephen Reid 1) Name please (nickname is fine): Stephen Reid 2) Where are you from? Where have you lived? Dunblane, Scotland 3) Where did they place you in the prefecture? Kurobe, Niikawa region 4) What were your three placement requests on the JET application? Fukui, Tokyo, Kyoto 5) Can you eat Japanese food? Yesm 6) If you answered YES to question one, can you also eat sashimi? Yes 7) What is your favourite holiday? Christmas 8) Proudest elementary school memory? Crying on the first day, then being told to shut up, then shutting up. My first learning experience.

9) Least proud university memory? I guess I was pretty proud from start to finish. I don`t know. 10) Please rate your chopstick ability using one of the following items: Chicken Nugget, Rice, Cherry Tomato, Soybean (uncooked), Ice Cube (not the artist), Mayonnaise Cherry tomato 11) One word to describe your new apartment: Supermassive 12) How do you feel about bread? I want to eat it. 13) Can you REALLY eat sashimi? Don't lie. Yes, with wasabi and soysauce mmmm. slippery.

life, hug life, nug life, tug life or bug life? nug life, I guess. I have no idea.

14) Which of these tupac-style stomach tattoos most accurately sum up your life before coming to japan: thug life, chug

15) Are you likely to take horribly drunken photos of others and indiscriminately post them on facebook? Yes.


T.R.A.M. 16) Now that you've already been to a Japanese mall or supermarket, what is the most ridiculously unnecessary item you packed? I guess I didn`t need to bring all that Sashimi. 17) Be honest, what did you smuggle through customs? Liquor and man smells. 18) Before Japan, what is the most ridiculous thing you have seen another human being do? (remember this a year from now) I saw a guy drink his own pee at a festival once, in front of the mainstage. Is that ridiculous? 19) What is your stripper name? (take your first pet's name and your mother's maiden name) Charlie Osbeck. 19) Karaoke + Beer = Drunken singing I would think.

Trevor Magson 1) Name please (nickname is fine):Trevor Magson 2) Where are you from? Where have you lived? I’m from California and I lived in Melbourne Australia for a summer. 3) Where did they place you in the prefecture?Takaoka!! Represent! 4) What were your three placement requests on the JET application? Kanazawa city, Shiga ken, Fukuoka city 5) Can you eat Japanese food? I try my best but I dont have much of a taste for sea creatures. I will demolish rice, soba, ramen and any land based beast. 6) If you answered YES to question one, can you also eat sashimi? I can eat Sashimi which actually counters my previous statement but there you go 7) What is your favourite holiday? Halloween by far! come to my mario party! I will be having it either the week before or after holloween Mario character costumes prefered but all are welcome.

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10) Please rate your chopstick ability using one of the following items: Chicken Nugget, Rice, Cherry Tomato, Soybean (uncooked), Ice Cube (not the artist), Mayonnaise Im pretty much amazing. I can run around a room carrying a hardboiled egg. `The ohashi is not an extention of my arm I am an extention of the Ohashi.` 11) One word to describe your new apartment: empty-but-soonto-be-awesome 12) How do you feel about bread? bread and I go way back. 13) Can you REALLY eat sashimi? Don't lie. I try 14) Which of these tupac-style stomach tattoos most accurately sum up your life before coming to japan: thug life, chug life, hug life, nug life, tug life or bug life? a mix of thug chug and hug depending on sobriety level 15) Are you likely to take horribly drunken photos of others and indiscriminately post them on facebook? I would happily post drunk pics but i usually don’t take pictures while drinking. I like to focus. 16) Now that you've already been

to a Japanese mall or supermarket, what is the most ridiculously unnecessary item you packed? to be honest I’m a giant so malls mock me 17) Be honest, what did you smuggle through customs? I didnt though I do own over 500 pirated movies... 18) Before Japan, what is the most ridiculous thing you have seen another human being do? (remember this a year from now) raunchy pig bottom. if you dont know dont ask if you do know dont tell. I wish i didnt know. 19) What is your stripper name? (take your first pet's name and your mother's maiden name) Miles o Richard. well actually it would be nina adams... but miles is better 19) Karaoke + Beer = ______Profit____________.


Welcome Weekend 2008

Jon Perry 1) Name please (nickname is fine): Jon 2) Where are you from? Where have you lived? Oxford, England. Have lived in Sheffield, England and Tokyo 3) Where did they place you in the prefecture? Takaoka City 4) What were your three placement requests on the JET application? Hiroshima, Ehime, Hokkaido 5) Can you eat Japanese food? In vast quantities 6) If you answered YES to question one, can you also eat sashimi? see above 7) What is your favourite holiday? Skiing in Poland 8) Proudest elementary school memory? Winning an event called `underarm throwing` one year at sports day...don`t know why it isn`t in the Olympics 9) Least proud university memory? Being woken up by police in a flowerbed 10) Please rate your chopstick ability using one of the following items: Chicken Nugget, Rice, Cherry Tomato, Soybean (uncooked), Ice Cube (not the artist), Mayonnaise Average...the cherry tomato would be possible, but not elegant 11) One word to describe your new apartment: champion 12) How do you feel about bread? just sort of go in with your hands and touch it...though it`s not something i often want to feel about. I just eat it. 13) Can you REALLY eat sashimi? Don't lie. so much of it that the fish are worried 14) Which of these tupac-style stomach tattoos most accurately sum up your life before coming to japan: thug life, chug life, hug life, nug life, tug life or bug life? hug life?

David Myers

15) Are you likely to take horribly drunken photos of others and indiscriminately post them on facebook? I think I`m the one who`ll have photos taken of me 16) Now that you've already been to a Japanese mall or supermarket, what is the most ridiculously unnecessary item you packed? fourteen albanian immigrants to live under my bed 17) Be honest, what did you smuggle through customs? see above 18) Before Japan, what is the most ridiculous thing you have seen another human being do? (remember this a year from now) wow, tough one! I think it was the time my friend was trying to avoid someone, so he tried to run away through some double doors which were padlocked from the other side, bounced off them and fell in a heap on the floor 19) What is your stripper name? (take your first pet's name and your mother's maiden name) Goldie Goggins 19) Karaoke + Beer = huge embarrassment.

1) Name please (nickname is fine): David Myers 2) Where are you from? Where have you lived? I'm from Boston, MA and Portland, OR, USA. I've lived abroad in Harbin, China and Hong Kong for about a year on work and study. 3) Where did they place you in the prefecture? Uozu City at Niikawa Private High School 4) What were your three placement requests on the JET application? Urban, High School, No Regional Preference

5) Can you eat Japanese food? I'm trying to cook it. Working on my Yakisoba, Udon, Sukiyaki and other one-dish recipes. Hard to make a good soup broth though. Advice? 6) If you answered YES to question one (?), can you also eat sashimi? Sashimi is good. The wasabi goes straight to my brain and makes me sneeze. But I feel better afterwards.

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T.R.A.M. 7) What is your favourite holiday? Probably snow days and 4.20 at college. 4.20 is nuts in Oregon. I smelled some pot smoke around Ally's house the other day... but it wasn't his. 8) Proudest elementary school memory? I brought my ball python "Link" in for Show and Tell when I was in second grade. The snake got loose and strangled little Betty Todsbury. She was squirming all over the ground, pig tails flopping against the rug, bonnet all in a fussy mess. Then when she tried to scream for help her girly little voice was muffled by the snakes body as it digested her little prepubescent girl bones. Never known anyone named Betty, not sure what that was all about. Anyways, I'm gonna try out Show and Tell at the high school! Wish me luck! 9) Least proud university memory? I don't even remember her name... Maybe it was Betty. 10) Please rate your chopstick ability using one of the following items: Shovel, Slurp & Splatter 11) One word to describe your new apartment: It's like totally-wicked-fricken-awesome, duh. 12) How do you feel about bread? To be honest with you, I feel somewhat stronger about bagels than bread. Where are the bagels? They are so good for breakfast. So are CoCo Crispies which is now my default choice. With pears and sweet soy milk. But I probably ate two or three bagels a day back home. Toasted everything-bagels with some bacon and eggs, or roast beef! And lots of hot sauce, can't get enough hot sauce. But all the bread in Japan is shitty. Except on those sandwiches from Lawson. 13) Can you REALLY eat sashimi? Don't lie. Gah gah gah, what a funny question! STFU NUBLET!!!! ...wait, I'm the nublet, shit...

14) Tupac sucks. You suck. 15) Are you likely to take horribly drunken photos of others and indiscriminately post them on facebook? No. Only people who do that shiz are skanks and goombas, and I will jump their asses so fast either way. Think before you click, bitches. 16) Now that you've already been to a Japanese mall or supermarket, what is the most ridiculously unnecessary item you packed? Probably that Salt Water taffy I gave out as omiyagi. It said "Boston Taffy" so I thought I'm from Boston, so what if I've never had taffy, what a great authentic gift. But have you ever had salt water taffy? It looks like little turds and just gets stuck in your teeth like little turds and people think you eat little turds, which, frankly, is not entirely true. 17) Be honest, what did you smuggle through customs? Tons of prescriptions meds. I have so many allergies and skin sensitivity issues. You can't take me anywhere! Really though, we tried to go to an Indian restaurant but they put milk and nuts in every single dish, including the RICE. And btw, those airport forms for prescriptions are ridiculous, does anyone actually fill out all those papers and send them in three weeks ahead of time to get the drugs OKed? Because it's just not worth the effort, buddy. 18) Before Japan, what is the most ridiculous thing you have seen another human being do? I watched my friend have sex with a prostitute once. That kid had Issues. now i have issues... 19) What is your stripper name? Link Ross 19) Karaoke + Beer = Good Times.

Maddy Rodell 1) Name please (nickname is fine): Maddy 2) Where are you from? Where have you lived? England! Born in the Midlands, lived in Luton and Suffolk (just north of London), and went to Uni in Sheffield. Oh, and a brief stint in the Lake District. Hence my mish-mash accent. Even English people say its strange, and I feel really sorry for my students and my JTEs. 3) Where did they place you in the prefecture? I work in Kamiichi and live in Toyama. 4) What were your three placement requests on the JET application? I didn't make any. The only thing I wanted was to be put somewhere warm...! 5) Can you eat Japanese food? Yep 6) If you answered YES to question one, can you also eat sashimi? Oooh yes, sashimi is my favourite Japanese food!


Welcome Weekend 2008 7) What is your favourite holiday? Favourite holiday? In England it would have to be the Lake Distirict, its beautiful there. Short, cheap trips to Europe are always good - recent ones for me have included Prague and Venice. But the most important thing is good company. And good, cheap booze - for sophisticated meal accompaniments only, obviously. 8) Proudest elementary school memory? I think elementary school is infant school? I once had a speaking part in our school's harvest festival. I had to say 'coca beans do not grow in this country because it is too cold. But each year thousands of tonnes of beans are shipped here'. And then I remember the person standing next to me dropped a raw egg on the floor. It smashed and went everywhere. 9) Least proud university memory? OK, I've thought about this one for a bit. It's not the nicest topic to think about! Possibly the least proud night was when we got drunk on St Paddy's day, and then I tried to pull a really ugly man in the 24hour Spar (the English version of a combini), because he was Irish and had a promotional Guiness hat on (one of the really big ones in the shape of a pint of Guiness). Luckily a friend came and rescued me before the deal was sealed. I did make it to bed that night - but slept the whole night in the middle of my bed, sitting bolt upright. 10) Please rate your chopstick ability using one of the following items: Chicken Nugget, Rice, Cherry Tomato, Soybean (uncooked), Ice Cube (not the artist), Mayonnaise I'll say cherry tomato. But I am going to try with an ice cube when I get home!

11) One word to describe your new apartment: Oooh, well I've just moved house yesterday. So my old flat was 'disgusting'. My new flat is 'beautiful', but 'dark' because they electric hasn't been turned on yet! 12) How do you feel about bread? I'm quite pleased to have left it behind, I don't like it much. Saying that, I am eating a melon pan whilst I write this. 13) Can you REALLY eat sashimi? Don't lie. Yep 14) Which of these tupac-style stomach tattoos most accurately sum up your life before coming to japan: thug life, chug life, hug life, nug life, tug life or bug life? I have absolutely no idea what most of those mean! 15) Are you likely to take horribly drunken photos of others and indiscriminately post them on facebook? Yes, of course. 16) Now that you've already been to a Japanese mall or supermarket, what is the most ridiculously unnecessary item you packed? Our weight limit was just 20kg, so there really was nothing unnecesary in my packing. In fact, most of the stuff I need was left out. I do miss having more than 5 days worth of clothes! And all 120 english teabags that I brought were absolutely necessary. 17) Be honest, what did you smuggle through customs? Honestly? I smuggled 15 tampons more than the limit allows. I don't know how I sleep at night sometimes. 19) What is your stripper name? (take your first pet's name and your mother's maiden name) Smiff Santer 19) Karaoke + Beer = Japan

Sara 1) Name please (nickname is fine): Sara 2) Where are you from? Where have you lived? I am from Cleveland, OH (it rocks, dammit!) I have lived in Atlanta, GA for 6 months, France for a summer, Burkina Faso, West Africa for two years in Peace Corps. And now here. Yay! 3) Where did they place you in the prefecture? Tak 4) What were your three placement requests on the JET application? none...I figured I would go where I was supposed to go. 5) Can you eat Japanese food? Hell yeah! Why else did I come here? (jk) 6) If you answered YES to question one, can you also eat sashimi? HELL YEAH!!!! Mmm...welcome party rocked. 7) What is your favourite holiday? The ones that get me days off of work. 8) Proudest elementary school memory? umm...winning the sticker book competition

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T.R.A.M. 9) Least proud university memory? (if only i could remember...i've been told some things) 10) Please rate your chopstick ability using one of the following items: Chicken Nugget, Rice, Cherry Tomato, Soybean (uncooked), Ice Cube (not the artist), Mayonnaise. what? 11) One word to describe your new apartment: dope 12) How do you feel about bread? i like it, esp when i can get more than 8 slices at a time. 13) Can you REALLY eat sashimi? Don't lie. buy me some and i will show you. 14) Which of these tupac-style stomach tattoos most accurately sum up your life before coming to japan: thug life, chug life, hug life, nug life, tug life or bug life? hug life

15) Are you likely to take horribly drunken photos of others and indiscriminately post them on facebook? they usually get posted for me 16) Now that you've already been to a Japanese mall or supermarket, what is the most ridiculously unnecessary item you packed? 20 pairs of socks 17) Be honest, what did you smuggle through customs? beef jerkey 18) Before Japan, what is the most ridiculous thing you have seen another human being do? (remember this a year from now) run into a campfire in their boxers yelling "time, space, macintosh...never stop fucking me!" (dont ask what they were on) 19) What is your stripper name? (take your first pet's name and your mother's maiden name) fluffy meldrum 19) Karaoke + Beer = i wish i could remember. i probably don't want to.

Jenson 1) Name please (nickname is fine): Jenson 2) Where are you from? The beautiful Caribbean islands of Trinidad and Tobago! Where have you lived? The equally beautiful Cairbbean island of Barbados. 3) Where did they place you in the prefecture? Namerikawa, the most exciting place in Toyama. 4) What were your three placement requests on the JET application? Tokyo, Osaka and Kyoto. I thought I would have been one of the lucky ones. Clearly I have no future in the psychic world.

5) Can you eat Japanese food? Yes. 6) If you answered YES to question one, can you also eat sashimi? I have no idea what sashimi is. 7) What is your favourite holiday? Carnival. Come to Trinidad and Tobago and you'll agree. 8) Proudest elementary school memory? Winning a bronze medal with Lu Anne Giddens in the wheelbarrow race. I was the wheelbarrow. 9) Least proud university memory? Having a fight with the oldest person in my M.Sc class and telling him "At least I am not a 40 year old man still living with my mother!" He was a jackass. 10) Please rate your chopstick ability using one of the following items: Grade F for all. I suck. 11) One word to describe your new apartment: clean (ish) 12) How do you feel about bread? The same way I feel about oxygen, I need it. 13) Can you REALLY eat sashimi? Still no clue what sashimi is.

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14) Which of these tupac-style stomach tattoos most accurately sum up your life before coming to japan:


Welcome Weekend 2008 thug life, chug life, hug life, nug life, tug life or bug life?

Nothing but I should have. They didn't check ANYONE!

I am a thug so clearly thug life.

18) Before Japan, what is the most ridiculous thing you have seen another human being do? (remember this a year from now)

15) Are you likely to take horribly drunken photos of others and indiscriminately post them on facebook? Nope but I will be one to comment on them though. 16) Now that you've already been to a Japanese mall or supermarket, what is the most ridiculously unnecessary item you packed? Nothing. I am VERY glad I brought my tubes upon tubes of toothpaste. Look around. 17) Be honest, what did you smuggle through customs?

A Jamaican do the 'dutty wine'. It's a sexy dance when done right and oh so wrong when done wrong. You tube it! http://jp.youtube.com/watch?v=JqgUhD59DWI 19) What is your stripper name? Peppy Ojar 19) Karaoke + Beer = Me sounding like one of those

Hilda Solololololol!! 1) Name please (nickname is fine): Hil, Hilly, Hilders, Hirrruudaaa, Hiirrrrddduuuurrrrr, and some naughty unmentionables... 2) Where are you from? Where have you lived?: Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. Lived in Iraq, Iran, Syria, Canadiana, and Japania... thus far. 3) Where did they place you in the prefecture? The best city in Toytown -- Takaoka!!! 4) What were your three placement requests on the JET application? In and around Kyoto and Tokoyo... maybe. 5) Can you eat Japanese food? Mmmmm, J food..... 6) If you answered YES to question one, can you also eat sashimi? What's sashimi...? Kidding! Of course!!! 7) What is your favourite holiday? GOLDEN WEEK!!! Pretty Spring weather... and a week of play! 8) Proudest elementary school memory? Kissing my long-time crush of a year during spin-the-bottle in my back-

yard. Hehe! I was oh-so-innocent back then.... 9) Least proud university memory? Um, the ones I don't remember.... 10) Please rate your chopstick ability using one of the following items: Chicken Nugget, Rice, Cherry Tomato, Soybean (uncooked), Ice Cube (not the artist), Mayonnaise: Um... Mayo-covered Soybean Tomato. 11) One word to describe your new apartment: MessyStyle. 12) How do you feel about bread? All about the brown... bread. 13) Can you REALLY eat sashimi? Don't lie. The question is, can I trick people into eating sashimi?! Yes.... 14) Which of these tupac-style stomach tattoos most accurately sum up your life before coming to japan: thug life, chug life, hug life, nug life, tug life or bug life? Hug-thug life. I like combos!

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T.R.A.M. 15) Are you likely to take horribly drunken photos of others and indiscriminately post them on facebook? I believe in tagging.... I also believe in de-tagging. 16) Now that you've already been to a Japanese mall or supermarket, what is the most ridiculously unnecessary item you packed? EVERYTHING was necessary! 17) Be honest, what did you smuggle through customs? Marijuana. Accidentally.... 18) Before Japan, what is the most ridiculous thing you have seen another human being do? (remember this a year from now) Unfortunately, all those memories are now eclipsed by my memories of Japan from the past two years. 19) What is your stripper name? (take your first pet's name and your mother's maiden name) Princess Basille. 19) Karaoke + Beer = Loud, drunken, group hugging, table dance/stripping good times!

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