Tuesday, October 31, 2006

For the past few days I have just felt absolutely exhausted. I take it as a good sign that I'm pushing myself more to learn Japanese.

Anyway, I wanted to write a few random things before I leave for about a week to go visit Aozora in Nagoya.

First, I was rereading some of my blog entries as well as my picture comments in my gallery and I am shocked at the number of errors and just weird grammar that I use! I can't blame learning Japanese because I'm not speaking it enough to be making mistakes like that! But at the same time, I can't find any other reason for it. Just know, I have noticed but I have no intentions of going back and fixing most of them because there are just too many!

I was talking to my mom the other day and she asked if the people that I meet are fascinated by my hair. I told her that surprisingly no one seemed to care about my curls except a few people here and there that ask if it's a perm. I was really surprised just because I hear so many westerners talking about how Japanese people, specifically girls, will come up and freak out of the persons hair, touching it and playing with etc. And those people only had wavy hair!

Well, my time came.

Last week when I was at Odochi, I was wearing my hair down and the girls for whatever reason decided 3 months was long enough and they couldn't wait any longer, they just had to play with my hair. And they did too. Pulling on the curls and fluffing it up. It was so different from the way Americans try to play with my hair! The first thing Americans do is pull all the curls apart so it turns into a fro. These girls just pulled on the strands. Yesterday they did the same thing only one girl, I'm pretty sure, stuck her head in my hair and went on and on about how good it smelled. It was hard to tell because it's the back of my head but nonetheless, the girls were thrilled to be able to play with it.

Today, at Tosayamada, some girls did the same thing. I guess it just took three months for the students to get more comfortable with me.

Also, my secret is out in the first year class at Odochi. Even though I kinda hinted at it when I first arrived, they have just now discovered that I like anime and manga and were thrilled that I actually understood what they were talking about. The Otaku boy was much more well behaved as well when he found out. That, and I gave him candy for his good drawing in the last class. He's warming up to me :)

Finally, I will leave you with a comment that my mom sent me this afternoon:

P.S. I do NOT understand why ANYONE would want to be genderless. Or WHY any reasonably prestigious social institution like a school would encourage something so inane. Don't these kids have anything more productive to do? I mean, I just don't get the point of that Culture thing. Where was the culture? I'm thinking music, dance, traditional foods, whatever. But genderless? What's up with that? Surely the Japanese are not genderless...eunuchs...whatever. Makes no sense to me. But then, that's why you're there and I'm here I guess. I just have one eyebrow in the air. Sorry.


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Mom said...

Your mom sounds like she just doesn't get it.

Kimi said...

I saw your picture on Aozora's myspace! Hope your having fun! We need to arrange a time to talk! I miss you!

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