Nar3: Japan

New pics
Posted on Thursday, December 18th, 2003 at 3:52am by Brett.
(Thursday, December 18th, 2003 at 5:52pm Japanese Standard Time)

There are new pictures in my gallery.

The long awaited pics from Kyoto and some random ones of my room.


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Posted on Saturday, December 20th, 2003 at 6:13am by Brett.
(Saturday, December 20th, 2003 at 8:13pm Japanese Standard Time)

Today, for the first time that I've been in Japan, we had snow!

Uh...that's all. Just...the snow. Yay!....*ahem*

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Posted on Sunday, December 21st, 2003 at 6:58am by Brett.
(Sunday, December 21st, 2003 at 8:58pm Japanese Standard Time)


It's 5 days from Christmas. I have over 20 pages of homework due tomorrow,
a speech to prepare, and a kanji test to study for...I am, if it is possible, anti-inspired to do any of that work right now.

It's not even that I don't want to do the work, or that I don't care. While both statements are true, it goes beyond that. It reaches into a realm that can't be explained. I have been, if you will, inspired to not do the homework.

Let's take a look at the benefits of this decision.
1. Sanity saving fun.
Have you ever had to study for kanji? Here's a little hint...they all look the same. All you have to do is remember that hint, and you'll be reading kanji in no time.

2. Other stuff to do.
I've got stuff to do that isn't homework. I can be..uh..playing..Zelda. Or...uh...buying stuff online or ...(More)

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Posted on Tuesday, December 23rd, 2003 at 9:35am by Brett.
(Tuesday, December 23rd, 2003 at 11:35pm Japanese Standard Time)

I'll be home for Christmas,
You can count on me.
Please have snow and mistletoe
And presents on the tree.

Christmas Eve will find me
Where the love-light gleams.
I'll be home for Christmas
If only in my dreams.

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Tokyo Again
Posted on Tuesday, December 23rd, 2003 at 11:39pm by Brett.
(Wednesday, December 24th, 2003 at 1:39pm Japanese Standard Time)

Yesterday I spent all day in Tokyo with Yuki. It's always nice to see her. She's the only person I've seen here that has known me for more than 4 months, so that's nice.

We went to the Chinatown in Yokohama, which was really cool. We were going to go to some big Christmas lights display, but it didn't open until today, and Yuki had to return to her hometown this morning.

She wants to go back to Ohio a lot, she was saying. She was interviewed for a job at IBM here in Tokyo. She said it pays well, but she misses Ohio.

Going to Tokyo has become like going to Columbus from Jackson. It's a bit weird being able to hop on a bus and be in Tokyo in about an hour...

That was the first time I had to get myself to Tokyo alone. Usually I go with friends. Even though none of us really know what's going on, it's a lot nicer to be lost as a group instead of lost individually. I got there and met up with Yuki fine. It really wasn't that hard...

Being on break is so amazingly wonderfully...uh...amazing and wonderful. I'm going to be going to Kyushu on the 31st to celebrate new year with my tutor and his family, then hopefully meet up with my grandma's family that lives ...(More)

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December 24th, 9pm...
Posted on Wednesday, December 24th, 2003 at 9:00pm by Brett.
(Thursday, December 25th, 2003 at 11:00am Japanese Standard Time)

...Eastern Standard Time. From here on in I shoot without a script...See if anything comes of it...

I'll stop there ;)

Merry Christmas to everyone in the East! It's right now Christmas morning for me. I just got off the phone with my mom and dad. Opened the gifts they sent me. Got a Gamecube with the promotional Zelda disc....mmm. So good. If I disappear for a couple weeks, don't worry about it.

Well, again, Merry Christmas to everyone on this side of the international date line!

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Merry Christmas!
Posted on Thursday, December 25th, 2003 at 8:10am by Brett.
(Thursday, December 25th, 2003 at 10:10pm Japanese Standard Time)

Merry Christmas to everyone in the West!

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Posted on Monday, December 29th, 2003 at 7:52am by Brett.
(Monday, December 29th, 2003 at 9:52pm Japanese Standard Time)

Nothing much has happened since Christmas.

I've been playing my Zelda game...which has 0wn3d me more than once or twice. I don't remember these games being so HARD....

Plans for going to Kyushu with my tutor to visit his family and my relatives are falling into place. I spoke with Yuuko, who is my grandmother's niece (my 2nd cousin???) and we are trying to set things up. Sei and I leave for his hometown, Oita, on the 31st. My relatives are in Kagoshima and Kumamoto, but we're probably only visiting those in Kagoshima. Yuuko speaks little English, so the entire conversations have been in Japanese. I'm supposed to be calling her back telling her what days to expect us, but Sei hasn't told me yet...

I'm currently overcome with...alright I'll say it, laziness. I don't want to do anything. Well, that's not exactly right. I want to do something, but I just have no idea what that something is. Hrm...

From the odder side, and continuing a trend, I'm having computer problems. Basically what it boils down to is that if I touch my computer, and then touch anything metal, I get shocked. This applies even to the plastic bits of my computer. Now...I haven't taken ...(More)

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Kyushu: Day 1 (Dec 31)
Posted on Thursday, January 8th, 2004 at 2:04am by Brett.
(Thursday, January 8th, 2004 at 4:04pm Japanese Standard Time)

For the next 7 days, I'll be writing about the trip I took to Kyushu with my tutor, Sei. Kyushu is the southernmost island of the Japanese archipelago. While I was there, I visited Sei's family and my relatives. Sei's family is in Ooita, which is on the north west side of Kyushu, and my relatives are in Kagoshima, which is on the southeast side.

Check out my gallery for images.

Our plans were to leave Tsukuba around 9:00, take the bus to Haneda airport, and then fly to Fukuoka. From Fukuoka we'd take the bus to Sei's hometown's bus station where his mom would pick us up. We were set to be there by dinner.

We got to Haneda airport on time around 11:30, but ran into some problems there. We were trying to buy our tickets but they were sold out. The soonest they could get us in was a 2:45 flight. That wasn't too much of a wait, so we grabbed some lunch and then went to the counter to buy our tickets.

No such luck. We were bumped back again. It was only to 3:15, so we waited by the ticket counter. We went to go buy our tickets for the third time. When we got up there, they were only able to take one of us ...(More)

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Kyushu: Day 2 (Jan 1)
Posted on Friday, January 9th, 2004 at 7:58am by Brett.
(Friday, January 9th, 2004 at 9:58pm Japanese Standard Time)

I woke up, got dressed, and went into the main room, which was next to the room where I slept. Sei had still not come home. The futon I slept in was nice and warm because Sei's mom or grandma had put a heating...thing in it when she laid out the futon. The heating thing was a hot coal placed inside a plastic box, then wrapped with a couple layers of sheets. The room where we slept wasn't heated, so it made it nice and toasty under the sheets.

Everyone was already in the family room when I woke up, and Sei's mom had prepared the breakfast. I can't remember what everything is, but it was all good to eat. I do remember that the plate on the upper left had warm sake in it. As tradition, we all took a drink of the sake. I thought Shu was going to gag himself to death by coughing, but he managed...

After breakfast, Sei's grandpa took me around to the two shrines and showed me the ceremonial things to do for the new year. Shortly after that, Sei got home, had some breakfast, and went to bed. He had stayed up all night...

Sei's mom took Shu and me bowling. The Japanese bowling balls seem to ...(More)

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