Long time no see…

Finally after so many days I found time for writing blog. As you can imagine learning Japanese is not easy – and we have very busy schedule here. Each day we spend around 6 hours in the school – and after that I have to prepare for the following day, to do the homework, to eat something and stuff like that…
I hear that some of you forgot the meaning of the word gaijin… OK, it is shortened, pejorative, form of the word gaikokujin – gai – means outside, koku – means country and jin means man. So gaikokujin (外国人) is a man from foreign country and gaijin (外人) would be something like outsider…
Today is the constitutional day – a holiday! And so is tomorrow and the day after tomorrow and the day after… Post office worked yesterday only until 4PM – and will not work until next week. That is just information for those who say that in Japan people only have one free day in a year. And that is not all. Here if the national holiday happens to be on the Sunday – it is moved to first working day. There are more than 10 national holidays each year. For example Emperors birthday, Constitutional day, Children’s day! etc… So people – please stop speaking of Japanese as a hard working people. Oh, and for those that told me – you will see, Sunday is a regular working day – well… it is the truth – but that companies have some other day defined as a free day. For example you will find a store that doesn’t work on Wednesday but it works on Sunday. That is a good thing from mine point of view – because you can do whatever you need that day – go shopping, go to bank etc. Banks are working only until 3PM and only there you can exchange foreign currency. After that in banks you can only use ATM machines, but in those machines you can also remit money. Most companies work until 5PM – but for shopping you can go until 8PM or to some of malls even until 11PM.
I have bought a bicycle! Or better said – I payed for the bicycle and I will have to wait for it until mid-May or even until the end of the month since the model I want and in the color I want is not available currently in my size. Not in any of the shops. Not even at the manufacturers ; ) I also wanted  home delivery of the bicycle – and it costs 5000¥ – it is 50USD – but as the people who know me expect – I managed to get free delivery. As I told before – they really do respect customers. And in lot of the shops you get those loyalty cards – according to the amount you buy you get some points on your card and based on that points you get discount next time. Even in a bakery I got a loyalty card…
I prepared mine first meal since I became expat – it was something very simple, but I missed some spices from Serbia. Nevertheless some Japanese friends tried it and told me: これはおいしですね and for those who do not understand this – they told me that it tasted good. But for me it wasn’t enough salty and stuff like that and when they saw the amount of the salt and pepper I am adding (only spices I have at the moment) they couldn’t believe their eyes. After first successful meal I started buying some kitchenware and started stocking the vegetables in my fridge. If I continue this way after this year when I go to another dormitory I will have to hire a moving company ; ) Even a friend did a caricature of us – and on my shirt it was written “I love shopping”. I already got reputation of a shopper…

Last week we went to a city museum (as you may have already seen in a gallery). We from the social studies went to see something that students from social studies should see – some movie about the culture, festivals and stuff like that and the lucky students from natural studies went to the planetarium. Well I managed to go with natural sciences. I always find a way… The planetarium was fascinating! As a friend told me it is bigger than one in Moscow. The story they spoke in the planetarium was in japanese but the images were so good. Everything seemed so realistic, everything had a 3D effect – you could think that that planet that is approaching is going to hit you. We also have seen animation of two planets colliding – so real that you can’t believe that it is animation. It is unexplainable – you have to go there to see it… Oh yes… the worst nightmare of a photographer happened to me there… I ran out of the batteries for my new camera ; ( But I was ready for that – and pulled out another camera ; ) You can imagine the looks I got while carrying two cameras…

Yesterday I went to my favorite chinese restaurant to have a meal – but this time alone. And what I heard about going to restaurants here alone happened. The guy working there wanted to chat with me ; ) He is very friendly. So here the situation is like that – either they are ultra unfriendly or very friendly. We chatted in Japanese – it was a very simple conversation. He asked me how long I am learning Japanese and instead saying one month I managed to say from the January (in Japanese the name for January is “first month”, which is very similar to “one month”) and when he heard that I didn’t learn Japanese in my country he was very surprised. He was also interested where I am from, what do we eat etc… Of course I told him that we eat a lot of meat – and the next question was which meat we eat? Oh… I wished I knew to say in Japanese that we eat everything that moves… But I had to say pork, chicken, sheep, fish etc… I think he got the picture…

That’s it from me for now…

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