Sunday, April 8, 2018

Monday, March 27th, 1989

Note:  This is a series of journal entries from my two years living in Himeji, Japan (1988-1990).  I'm archiving them electronically through my blog.  Last names have been deleted and replaced with first initial only.  For details on this series of blog entries, see this post.

I met Kimberly at the Christian bookstore at 4:30.  Robin and Ben were there too.  K. and I shopped for a couple of hours, then went to a shabu-shabu place for dinner.  We thought it would cost only about 2,500 yen, but much to our economic delight...instead, our lack of knowing Japanese & of reading kanji brought the grand total to 6,500 yen!  Ugh!  (But it was good)!

I spent the night with Kimberly.  After a restless night, we woke up at 5:00.  I showered, and attempted to do my hair.  At 6:30 we left and caught a train to Rokko.  We met a guy named Mark at Mikage Station, and he came with us.  We took a taxi to Canadian Academy for the Sunrise Easter Service at 7:00.  It was on the balcony of the library.  It was beautiful!

After the service we all went to B's for a breakfast.  There were a lot of people there, and it was fun!

 Mitsuko and Janet B.

 Charles and Paula

 Me and Nora

After that, G's invited a bunch of us singles over for games, lunch, etc.  We played Wheel of Fortune, Jeopardy (on the computer), and Twister.

Kimberly, Glen, and I left at about 1:30 and took the train to Osaka.  WE said goodbye to Glen, then met Kim's friend Chicka.  We took the train to Kintetsu Station (by Tanimachi Subway- to Tanimachi, 9-chome)(5 stops).  We went to a coffee shop for frozen yogurt, then to the Kintetsu Dept. Store, then to "Phantom of the Opera".

"Phantom" was fabulous!  It was very elaborate, both in costume and set design, and, as "Les Miz" was, very elaborate technically.

My favorite technical effects were when the Phantom appeared in the mirror in Christine's dressing room with her reflection, then the mirror slid away and he took her hand and brought her through, then it closed and they were gone.

I also loved the scene where the phantom and Christine descend into his world.  First he takes her through the mirror, then down a trap door, then across a bridge at the back of the state that tilts different directions to emphasize the length, then in a boat across a misty, candle filled lake...very realistic- especially later when Rolf jumps off the bridge into the lake and disappears- (presumably through a trap door in the floor).

The scene in which he materializes from a cross over Christine's father's grave is great, too.  (The cross is dimly lit, and his cape hides him within the big cross).  The phantom also materializes from the "Pegasus" on the roof after Christine and Rolf pledge their love, and he "disappears" in both the masquerade scene and after covering himself with his cape and sitting in his chair in the last scene...marvelous effects...lots of mists, fabulous sound effects, and the characters of the phantom, Rolf, Christine, her ballerina friend, and the Countess Carlotta were excellently acted.

I felt so sorry for the phantom at the end, when he let Christine and Rolf go, sacrificing his love for her. I actually didn't cry, but was really close.

The only negative aspects of the show were that Kimberly had a wheezy, coughy, sniffly cold, Gary didn't show up, and Akira and Hiroko didn't get there until the end of the 1st act.  (Also, the chandelier falling into the audience wasn't very realistic).

Otherwise, it was a fabulous show!

After the show, Akira, Hiroko & I drove home, but stopped at a robata under the Washington Hotel in Sannomiya, where Akira used to work in college, for dinner.  It was great!

Thursday, December 28, 2017

Saturday, March 25th, 1989

Note:  This is a series of journal entries from my two years living in Himeji, Japan (1988-1990).  I'm archiving them electronically through my blog.  Last names have been deleted and replaced with first initial only.  For details on this series of blog entries, see this post.

Thursday was the faculty and English teachers mtngs.  I was told they started at 3:00.  I went at 3, and of course, it had already started.  They changed the time to 2:30.  I hate that school.  Nobu didn't know either, though.  After the English faculty meeting Nobu brought me home.

Yesterday I got travelers checks, dad's present, and found a shirt sale!  I met Linda Lee and Karl, (who I didn't know was coming) at Himeji Castle, and we went to Shirotopia.  It was fun.

We saw a 3-D show on airplanes on a super big screen, a tale of the creation of Japan, went through a fun house, saw lots of exhibits (kite show at museum)(Chinese history at history museum).  We also saw a singer, Megumi Morita, do a "Broadway type" show.  The backup dancers, costumes, etc. were fabulous (especially the short guy in the conga song!).

We got a free gift (a gold plated electroplate of Himeji Castle).

It was rainy, so there weren't a lot of people there (which was nice, but it was a very soggy day!).

We managed to lose Karl most of the day, which was nice!  For a 60 year old, Linda Lee is sure energetic, and quick!

We also saw unicyclists and jugglers at the World Friendship Pavilion.  That's where Aya works, so I got to see her, too.  I also got to see the stage we're performing on in a few weeks.  It's small, but we should be okay.

After I got home Kimberly called, then Kyl called.  We talked for 1 1/2 hours!  It was good to hear from him again.

Today I've cleaned, and am going to meet Kimberly in Sannomiya at 4:30.

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Wednesday, March 22nd, 1989

Note:  This is a series of journal entries from my two years living in Himeji, Japan (1988-1990).  I'm archiving them electronically through my blog.  Last names have been deleted and replaced with first initial only.  For details on this series of blog entries, see this post.

Monday after dinner I called Michiyo (then Kim, then Michiyo, then Kim, then Michiyo, then Kim) and got nowhere.  She (Michiyo) said her cousin was getting married in Tokyo (she told Chinatsu differently).  She also said ti was okay with the others for her to miss rehearsals this week, and to have many rehearsals from the 27th to the 7th (they said she called them after she talked to me).  The lying little...blank!  I told her I would call her on the 27th to say whether she could be in the show or not. 

Today I rehearsed (1 hr.) with the girls.  Chinatsu was late, Tomomi 2 hours late.  I decided to let the girls vote on whether to allow Michiyo to do the show.  They wimped out, because Michiyo's their friend so she's doing the show, but I gave the ultimatum that if she (or anyone) is late or misses any more rehearsals they are out of the show. 

I'm going to work Michiyo's little butt off for the next two weeks (except that means I have to put in all the extra time now...GRRRRR!).  Needless to say I'm extremely sick of this stupid Shirotopia bullshit, and want to drop the whole friggin' mess!  I can't wait until the 10th of April when this idiotic show is over.

Anyway, one good thing came out of today.  Chinatsu brought a little printing set to make postcards.  I want to buy one- they are really cute!  The finished product looks really neat!  They are expensive though!

Yesterday I went to Rokko for the singles S.U.B. party (Surprise Un Birthday).  We had unbirthday cake, opened unbirthday presents, and played Balderdash, 2 Truths and a Lie, and Pictionary.  It was a lot of fun!

Saturday, November 25, 2017

Monday, March 20th, 1989

Note:  This is a series of journal entries from my two years living in Himeji, Japan (1988-1990).  I'm archiving them electronically through my blog.  Last names have been deleted and replaced with first initial only.  For details on this series of blog entries, see this post.

Wednesday I had a faculty meeting.  It went okay, and I was calm through the whole thing.  We talked about retreat, mostly.  Mark E. walked by outside, so I finally got to, at least, see him!  It was decided that Mark would go on the retreat.  Karl, of course, put his two cents worth in, by saying "that's too bad" (that he's going) "because I have a personal problem with him." (What a jerk- just because Mark couldn't stay one month extra before returning to America, so that Karl could finish school.  Mark's mom was having problems at the time, and Mark's term was officially up, anyway.  Plus, why didn't just L. Lee come & Karl come later?!). Anyway- we were supposed to have E.S. S. rehearsal at 12, but they didn't come until 1, & we had to cancel.  Grrr.

Thursday E.S.S. met from 9 - 1.  Tomoko was the only one that showed up.  Tomomi had a test, and came at 11:00.  Chinatsu overslept, I had to call her.  Michiyo- who knows?!

Kayo came for a lesson at 5.

Friday was Hinomoto graduation.  Ike picked me up, and we went and sat together.  It was long, and pretty dull.  Afterwards we left.  They gave us a bento, but Mike said it was all fishy junk, so I threw mine out.

 (not the actual bento)

During the afternoon I designed sweaters I'd like to make, and drew some pictures.  I taught my last class before spring break (but hopefully forever) at Megumi.  We had a little party afterwards.  I walked home with L. Lee.

Saturday I took pictures for a (ha ha) modeling portfolio.  (Actually, I want to model, but the material I had to work with wasn't that great.)(ha!)

Barrett stopped by, luckily, as I was finishing, and we talked for awhile.  He left, and I went to meet Mike and Resa.  We went to Murasaki, then to Daigeki Palace to see "Rain Man".  It was a really fun evening.  The movie was great, and the food was great. too.

Sunday I slept in. Mom and dad called.  I left at 1, and went to Sannomiya to look around at Tokyu Hands and Maruzen.

I went to Rokko and ate at Sun Kotobuki.  Everyone was late for choir, again.  We had singles bible study.  I ordered a case of croutons and a case of Carnation Instant Breakfast.  They finally came, and I brought a suitcase to carry it all home.

I took the kaisoku, and got back to Himeji at 12:40 a.m.

Today I got up at 7:15, to teach the once a month class at the business school in Fukuzaki.  It went fine.  The taxi driver let me off at Mitsubishi Bank.  I took care of business there, ate at McDonalds, went to Daiei to buy a gift for the S.U.B. party tomorrow.

I stopped by the plant sale at Otemae Park, and actually didn't buy anything!

I cleaned this afternoon, and Kayo came at 5:00.  Tonight we looked at pictures for part of the time (unplanned).  Next week, we'll do the was fun!

Tonight Chinatsu stopped by to say that Michiyo wasn't coming to the rehearsals this week.  I was going to call her and tell her to either come, or not be in the show, but think I'll just wait.  If she shows, fine, if not, she's out.  No warning- nothing!  Grrr!

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Tuesday, March 14th, 1989

Note:  This is a series of journal entries from my two years living in Himeji, Japan (1988-1990).  I'm archiving them electronically through my blog.  Last names have been deleted and replaced with first initial only.  For details on this series of blog entries, see this post.

Saturday night was okay.  I talked to Barrett, mostly.  Shabu-shabu was fun.  It's where you "dunk" very thin sliced beef into boiling water.  It cooks almost instantly.  Then you cook various vegetables, tofu, etc. in the water, and make a kind of soup.

After an evening of, basically, griping about Hinomoto (and talking about a few other things) we went to 31 for ice cream, then home.  In the car, on the way back, L.L. asked me what my happiest memory of Japan was, so far.  Karl blasted out "you're supposed to say 'meeting L.L & I'"...I almost choked!

Sunday I slept in, Dave called to make our get together later, then I went back to sleep for awhile.  I caught the Shinkaisoku at about 1:00.  I waited for Dave at Sogo.  He drove by and yelled at me from the street, and said he'd be there soon (not something typically done in Japan).  We went to Gaylords for a late lunch, then for ice cream, and girl watching.  we had a good time!

I went for choir practice at 4:45...everyone else came at 5...

After practice I went to the student center to practice my solo, and get choir stuff ready.

I sang during church.  It went okay, and Erin and Scott were holding up signs during my song, but I never notice them until I sat down...the ding a lings  (and what lousy ratings!)!

After church we went to Okamoto to another robata.  This place had much better food than the 1st place, but was kind of smoky, and had no karaoke, and not the best service.  It was a noisy, obnoxious, fun time.

I stayed with Erin.  Scott was staying there, too, so it was a fun evening.  We talked and played cards...until 4:30!!  (Not too cool, since I had to get up at 9, to go back to Himeji for a student affairs meeting at 12 (which actually started at 1:30)).

Monday was a dull, not worth writing about, day.

Monday, July 24, 2017

Saturday, March 11th, 1989

Note:  This is a series of journal entries from my two years living in Himeji, Japan (1988-1990).  I'm archiving them electronically through my blog.  Last names have been deleted and replaced with first initial only.  For details on this series of blog entries, see this post.

 Well, it's been ages (actually a week & 5 days) since I've written, so I guess it's time to catch up.

The week of the 27th (Feb.) to March 5th, I didn't do much of anything.  E.S.S. girls were in Hokkaido, so no E.S.S. rehearsals, Nobu & 2 other teachers on same trip, so no faculty mtngs.  I hung around my apartment all week, did some occasional shopping, cleaned, did laundry, knit, watched t.v. and was great!

Friday the 3rd, I scrubbed all of the scum off of my wash room walls and in the shower...felt good to see the stuff come off the walls.  Also scrubbed floors.

Saturday I met Kimberly in Kobe, ordered the yarn for my sweater, shopped, then we came back here & watched videos and talked.  Kim stayed over.

Sunday we slept in, then lazed around until 2 or 3, and went for okonomiyaki in Mikage.  I gave the lady the Iowa towel I brought back from Christmas.  She was surprised!

Choir practice went well, as did our debut in church (except that the 1st song kind of died in the beginning, because we sang from the back and couldn't hear the piano).  Our anthems went well.

After church was singles.  We did an activity where we signed a piece of paper and everyone int he room had to write something nice about us.  (Editor's note...I still have this piece of paper in my bible!).  It was fun, and good positive reinforcement.  The lesson was about how soldiers are healed when wounded, but when Christians are "wounded", other Christians "finish the job" by adding insult to injury (meaning that instead of building someone up after they've sinned, we say things like "you're kidding", "you did what?", "that's terrible", etc.).

I stayed over at I's.  Carol knit my scarf off the needles, and we had a nice talk.

Monday was a stupid, boring faculty mtng.  I rode in the Nobu and Koko sensei.  Nobu didn't translate shit, so I have no idea what we talked about.  (I was so mad!!).  I got home 30 minutes before Kayo came for her lesson.  She had a cold, so didn't do very well.

Tuesday I bought traveler's checks, sent them to mom, bought Robin's b-day present, sent it off, and taught my Mizoguchi class...only 3 kids showed up.  It was a good class though.

Wednesday was an E.S.S. rehearsal.  It went pretty well, but Michiyo went home sick.  We didn't do the script, we worked on choreography and lip sync.

Thursday, Michiyo, Chinatsu, and Tomoko came over for dinner.  (Tomomi was grounded).  I made chili, and we ate lots of junk food.  We watched part of "Dirty Dancing", but they had to leave before it was over.

Friday was the graduation party.  It was at the castle hotel, and was really nice.  We had a sit down meal.  There were ice sculptures, girls in ceremonial kimono, gifts for sensei (desk lamps), and lots of pictures.  It was fun!

Afterwards, Kimberly and I ran to Kobe.  I picked up my yarn and came straight back.

Megumi class was dull.  I keep saying I don't think I'm teaching after spring break, but no one acknowledges my comments.  The jerks helped me decide, definitely "no"!

Today I went to A-Coop to buy make-up for my theater class.  How embarrassing (and, with a few groceries, my bill was 10, 714 yen...ugh!!).

Tonight I'm going out with J's, K's, and Barrett for Barrett's farewell party...rah.  Had to cancel plans to go dancing in Osaka at Studebakers 2/Scott, Sandy, Geln, and Erin...crud!

One embarrassing thing, I forgot to mention- on Wednesday (I think) when I went to school, I went to the station early to buy Kaisuken (11 tickets in a booklet for the price of 10). I went to the window and instead of saying "kaisuken o kaitai" (I want to buy a ticket booklet), I said "kisuten o kaitai"...( I want to buy a coffee shop)...I'm beginning to have a lot of empathy for foreigners who flub in America!