I have been taking less and less photos the longer I stay here, but here are some photos of the things I've been doing. Some things were a while ago, because I've been lazy with blogging.
I have been going to sixth grade classes in my school to learn Shu-ji, which is Japanese calligraphy. To me shu-ji is art, and I'm glad I have an opportunity to learn it. Anyway, the sixth grade class was going to visit the junior High school, and I went with them. It was really embarrassing, because I forgot to bring my school slippers, so when we got there I had to walk around barefoot for a while. haha. But then they lent me some slippers. We went to an assembly where the middle schoolers sang in a choir, and they were really good. I wasn't sure if it was okay to take a picture so I snapped this one quickly. I think the uniforms are kind of cute, but I wouldn't want to wear one. Even when its freezing outside the girls have to wear skirts! Cold. And the guys get pants.
The assembly was really long, and a guy talked for 2 hours strait. I was nodding off because I couldn't really understand any of it. But then we went to an english class, and that was fun because I got to talk to the teacher.
So the next day was Saturday, and it was Valentines Day(I know, I'm behind). I got chocolate for Aya and her mom and dad, forgetting that on Valentines day they only give chocolate to the boys. haha. But it was okay, and they were happy to get chocolate. I got Mitzuyoshi (aya's dad) cute animal chocolates.
Later that night we went to Dinner with Atsuko(aya's mom)'s friends, who were really fun interesting people, and they wanted to meet me to practice their English. There were three guys; Torah, Bourbon, and Naoto. They're all in the Airforce, Torah(means Tiger in Japanese) is a fighter pilot, Bourbon (you can guess why he has that nickname)is a cargo pilot, and Naoto is a Flight engineer, and they all look way younger than they actually are. So we talked and ate and ate and ate and the food just kept coming. It was amazing food, I ate exotic raw fish, raw chicken, raw beef. The raw chicken and beef actually weren't bad. I learned that in Japan if you order "Spaghetti" it just means noodles, not actually spaghetti. Bourbon was really funny, he kept asking me to say "Audrey Hepburn," because he wanted to know how it sounded. Anyway it was really fun and they knew a lot of english, and then we went to karaoke and sang and ate some more. haha. Torah and I sang "more than words" together, and Bourbon kept trying to translate the japanese lyrics into english for me, which turned out to be hilarious. In this picture there is Torah next to me, then Ayako and Atsuko. I can't remember the woman's name, she came later during dinner and spoke very little english, but she was really nice. She requested that I sing a Norah Jones song for her, so I sang "Don't know why" for her.
Here is Naoto and I.
Me looking gross, Atsuko and Ayako.