Archive for June, 2005

7 years

Thursday, June 30th, 2005

Today’s our wedding anniversary. 7 years and counting. I just wish I’d be in better shape to celebrate… I love you, honey!

Fever

Thursday, June 30th, 2005

Man, I’ve had this fever for like a week now. It’s a real weird virus, like a mild headache with a sore throat, but no runny nose. It’s not enough to feel like I wanna lie down, but it’s just enough to make my head kinda light… I feel lazy. Most teachers at my school have similar symptoms. I feel like shit. Luckily I only have two classes today, and I’m showing a movie. But tonight there’s that darn PTA meeting. I gotta lot to blog about, but just don’t feel like it…

Cleaning the streets

Wednesday, June 29th, 2005

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Today the whole school, i.e. about 800 students and 50 teachers, took over the streets of the neighborhood. Armed with garbage bags, brooms, dustpans, you name it, the students assigned to specific groups walked the streets around the school, and went to the nearest train stations. Some of them even went all the way to Sendai station, which is actually pretty far. Once a year, most schools in Japan organize this kind of mass volunteer activity, to clean-up the streets and stations the students are most likely to use when they commute to school. Talk about social and environmental awareness! If they did that in every country, the world would be a much cleaner place. Anyway, on the way back, I saw one of these signs. It’s a construction sign apologizing for causing so much trouble. Of course, being in Japan, even the man on the sign HAS to bow. How polite can you get?

Pretty Funny!

Wednesday, June 29th, 2005

I got this from another blogger in Tokyo. Please read it!

Japanese are hot!

Wednesday, June 29th, 2005

No, I’m not talking about Japanese women, even if they are, but that’s another story I’ll probably enjoy blogging about later (he, he, he!). Now is the rainy season, and as I said at the beginning of June, it gets really muggy here in Japan. The thing is, the Japanese around me seem to be much more sensitive to the heat than I am. Now why would that be? If anything, THEY should be more tolerante of the climate, being natives and all. It’s like, I feel just fine, really happy that it’s finally warm and (sometimes) sunny, but everybody around me is complaining. Many of them wear towels on their heads and around their necks, not that they are jogging or anything. I go to the ramen shop, and the customers next to me are profusely sweating while noisily slurping there noodles, and I’m fine. The only time I recall breaking a sweat while eating ramen was when I had an extra spicy ramen with those tiny ass-kicking red peppers. So I asked around, and even talked to the school nurse, to find out that the regular Japanese body temperature is closer to 36 C. Normal body temperature is supposed to be somewhere between 36 C and 38 C, with an average of 37 C. My theory is the lower body temperature average among Japanese makes them more sensitive to the heat. The opposite is also true, i.e. they are seemingly less sensitive to the cold. When it gets around 10 C in the spring, windows and doors are wide open, people start wearing skirts and shorts, and I seldom see Japanese business men wearing a coat even when it gets below 0. It’s gonna get muggy enough for me to complain too, and very soon, but for now I’m ok. What kills me are those open windows, sometimes even in the winter…