Today, I joined Blitz and friends at Toyosato. We went to the K-On doujin event by train. I’ve been by car before, but this was my first time by train. The train was packed with fans, and the station was a little too small to accommodate all the K-on fans. It took a small walk, through this quiet back door neighbourhood to reach the school. At the school we lined up to our favourite characters, and the top group and last group was allowed in first. The top group was Azusa and the last group was Ritsu. Everyone else under the other members titles had to line up at 1:45 p.m. Everyone there at 12pm were part of the first group. While some of us waited for our turn, we went to buy food at the stands. I picked up a raw egg on rice, on a Mio style bowel. It costed 500 yen, and it wasn’t quite filling, so I picked up some takoyaki. After that, we lined up to go in. We had to take off our shoes, and carry a ticket. I followed a different line which allowed us priority at a certain stand. I also picked up an interesting book. I went through most of the school again, and saw a few different circles, some were selling books, others instruments, and figures. Afterwards, I headed to the club room, but didn’t spend much time there as I had already seen a lot the last time I was there. They had instruments which resembled the original stuff. Then I headed to the cafeteria to meet up with Blitz and the rest, and after some shopping, we headed to the auditorium to listening to a live band perform K-On songs before heading out getting some pictures and heading home. We finished a Risk game we had started earlier and I won! Go Yellow! Back at Nagoya we ate at Saizeriya, then practiced for an hour.
Yesterdays, I went to get my license translated at the Japanese automotive federation, which is similiar the AAA or CAA. I got a little lost and accidently headed North which led me back to Sakae. After biking back for another 30 mins along the river I reached the JAF. The translations were done in no time with little documentation required. It costed 30 bux, but I got myself a nice paper truck. Earlier, I had Karaoke while helping another teacher with some English. Before that I had lunch at a hotel restaurant, this was the 2nd time I had been there. On Friday, we’re going to Toyosato, and if I get the last 2 blocks off Thursday then I can karaoke!
Book off opened their newest retail shop in Sakae. Sakae had been lacking a good used retail store in its vicinity (the closest before being in Osu Kannon). Book Off sit above Daiso and below Ishibashi, conveniently between two of my favourite places in Sakae. Besides selling books (thousands of them) and manga for as low as 100 yen, they also carry clothing, music and game cds/dvds/blu rays and anything else you can think of. This gives us a little more to do and helps transform Sakae into a more pleasurable shopping experience. Today, seeing as it just opened 3 days ago, and this being the first Sunday, was packed with people.
It’s been one year since I made the move to Japan. Illness has followed me year round, and its still with me! Recently, moles have been growing everywhere and old ones are getting bigger. There’s even the mole ribbon on my nails. I’ve managed to learn a song and buy a new guitar. I’ve invested in games and services on Japanese websites, and I’ve driven distances I haven’t driven in Canada! I certainly got a lot done. Now I’m cutting back the hours at work and we’ve got a new IS. Patrick will be replacing Ellija and a new year is upon us. Friendships have gotten stronger, but new friends have been absent.
Shrugging off earthquakes and tsunamis are a part of living in Japan. Over the years, I’ve been warned about the risk earthquakes pose, and that Japan gets many more than many other nations. However, unlike the rest of the world, earthquakes don’t carry the same fatal consequences they do here as they did in New Zealand and China. People do die from earthquakes, and its usually from falling objects in their own home. Japanese homes are built to withstand powerful earthquakes, the newer the better, but on March 11th the earthquake was only a warning for the impending disaster that would occur. The tsunami became the real killer, like in 2004, it came fast, struck fast, and then disappeared. That was also what happened in Japan. The tsunami triggered many things, including fires, mass destruction, and power outages that led to deaths. The worst of it all was the damage to the nuclear facilities in Fukushima. That situation is still in the process of being worked out, and the truth of the matter is it is a long term problem. There’s no quick solution to these problems. As this problems lay on the back of everyones mind, when it rains, and when the tremors keep coming and more problems seem to just stack on top of one another. The recent 7.1 quake that stuck yesterday was no exception. Less people died, but people did die, and people were injured, and most of Honshu felt the shaking as well. A tsunami warning was issued and dropped, and Japan remains mostly safe. Psychologically, this is a bit stressful, because work, health and other things are on peoples mind, these situations can be put on back of many peoples mind. All it takes is another shake, and it comes flying back to top off our stress. The toll of this stress on our bodies may be greater than any damage the radiation will cause to us by drinking Japanese dairy or eating contaminated vegetables. Theres more to worry, about, but theres still this to worry about. I really miss the day where Japan didn’t make the news. However, that is just a dream now. A dream that I wish could have been forever.