Nar3: Japan

The Ishi Maru adventure
Posted on Monday, November 24th, 2003 at 9:02pm by Brett.
(Tuesday, November 25th, 2003 at 11:02am Japanese Standard Time)

Yesterday, I woke up and my computer was off. I turned it back on, and it made the low battery sound. I looked at the power supply, and was in for a bit of a surprise...either the radiator heater had leaked all over the power supply, or it had started producing its own green goo. Either way, it's dead...

So I called a friend to see if she wanted to go to a nearby electronics shop called Ishi Maru. She was at the market with another friend who wanted to come, so I told them to give me a ring and we'd all go when they got back. Ishi Maru is about a 15 minute bike ride away.

So Liz, Kate and I went biking along toward the shop. It looked a bit like rain, so Liz had her umbrella. We were all in a line cycling. We were nearly halfway there when I heard a scream. I turned around just in time to see Liz flying over the top of her handle bars, and then landing directly on her face. Kate and I ran over to her, and she's banged up really bad.

Her umbrella had somehow gotten caught between the spokes of her front tire, causing it to obviously stop. It also made the mudrail wrap all the way around it...it's pretty impressive looking...

Kate stayed there with her while I ran into a nearby building to try to get some help. It wasn't easy...I wasn't able to spit anything out in Japanese that made sense to any one, so I finally just found a bathroom and grabbed some paper to stop the bleeding. Luckily, when I got back outside, someone had called the ambulance.

There was a nice crowd of people gathered around now, and a policeman was helping Kate and me with Liz. She had a big cut on her nose that was bleeding a good bit, and her mouth and cheeks were swollen. It was really frustrating because I didn't know enough Japanese to understand what people were asking us to do...

Finally the ambulance came. Kate and I, with the help of a very nice random old lady that could speak English had to answer all these questions about where we were going and how fast we were biking and all of that. We went to the hospital, an after about an hour we were ready to go home.

Liz has a nicely bruised face, and a bandaged cut on her nose, but she is OK. They said she may have fractured her cheek, but there would be nothing to do for her if she had.

Today, after our final, we are going to attempt to go to Ishi Maru again. I'm typing this out on my handheld right now. Hopefully this time there will be no accidents. So far, I am the only one in my group of friend who hasn't had a bike accident...

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Japanese and the bike by Brett [2003/29/11 23:59 ET]
I've updated the story to explain what happened...

It was very odd, actually. The mudrail is completey wrapped around the front tire. Kate and I just went by to see if the bike is still there, but someone apparently stole it because it's gone.

As for Japanese, I know basic Japanese. 3 years of studying would argue that I know intermediate Japanese. But it's a bit difficult to remember verb and adjective tenses and conjugations, politeness levels, distal levels, mood conjugations, and vocabulary when your friend is laying on the concrete bleeding profusely from her face...

She's doing a lot better, actually. As soon as my computer is fixed, I'll post some picture from Kyoto, along with some of her....
Feel better by mom [2003/26/11 10:26 ET]
Please tell Liz that I hope she feels better soon.
Questions by dalecam [2003/25/11 08:12 ET]
Did your friend hit something with her bike? Was there something on the path?

And green goo? Is that like anti freeze? Most radiator heat here in the states uses water.

I like your journal and that we can comment. Will this incident prompt you to learn basic Janpanese?

Hopefully you didn't just jinx yourself. by ted [2003/24/11 21:29 ET]
Glad to hear that your friend is okay, but you never mention the fact that you are the only accident free one so far. LOL. That is just asking to be next.