Saturday, December 31, 2016

Monday, October 24th, 1988

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, since my last entry, I went to Mikage.  I met Kimberly at her place about 5:15, and then Nora P. came over and we practiced fro our show at Poporo in Okamoto.  We got there about 7:10 and started around 7:30.  Chinatsu and Michiyo came to see the show, as well as M's wife & some friends.

I sang several solos, and the whole thing went pretty well!  It was fun to "go out"!




I slept over at Kimberly's, which was hard, because Jimmy called at 11:00 & they talked/fought until about 2.  Oh well!

Today I went back to kaisei and had my ear canal "blown out" again-ugh!  I have to start going back since my ear isn't better.

I went to the post office to take money out by filling out the form, but I had to have my secret number even to do that, so I still have no money.  Felt stupid again.

Whatever lives in my ceiling is particularly active today- perhaps chasing a "friend" around the expanse above my apartment.  Yuk!  I hope it's nothing disgusting!

I got 4 packages ready to mail off to various parts of the world for Christmas.  Guess I need to get those sent now if they're to arrive by Christmas.  Of course, I can't do it today, because I can't get any money because of my forgetting the number.  Grrrr!

Friday, December 30, 2016

Saturday, October 22nd, 1988

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, I really screwed the above up.  It's actually Sunday October 23rd, 1988 at 2:43 p.m.  I'm very worried because I'm forgetting things that I shouldn't be forgetting.  My "big forget" this time is my postal savings card number.  Not too hard to forget since it's not a memorable date or anything, but I've had the blasted number for 2 years, and used the machine at least 50 times.  I fear that the infection in my ear has something to do with it.  God, I hope not, but what else could explain it?

Anyway, enough hypochondria.  Friday night was the Megumi class.  No biggie.

Saturday I had my lessons with Meg and Manna, then met Kimberly, Mike, and Resa for dinner and a movie.  We saw "Good Morning, Vietnam", and "Big Business".  Really good! 




They came back here afterwards, and Kimberly stayed over.

Thursday, December 29, 2016

Friday, October 21st, 1988

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.

Yesterday was a pretty good day.  I met Kim on the 8:22 & we walked in together.  My E.C. I class went well.  It's a difficult lesson, so I must have patience!

In teh afternoon, I practiced with M. and N. at lunch, and made up, typed, & copied a quiz for chapter 4 and made a "Design a Robot" worksheet fro y E.C. I class next Tuesday.

I left early (4:10) and caught the shinkaisodu to Osaka.  I met Yoko at Sannomiya and we went on to Osaka to the "Hall and Oates" concert.  It was fun.  Darryl Hall has a very nice voice.

We ran for the train back to Osaka eki, and ran to catch a kaisoku to Himeji.  It took 2 hours.  I didn't get home until 11:45, but it was a great concert.  I felt like I was in America!  :-)

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Wednesday, October 19th, 1988

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.

Believe it or not, today was better than yesterday, but meetings, meetings, meetings!!  I went to school on the 7:38 train to meet the other members of the student affairs committee to scout the area for girls driving illegally to school.  I rode with N. & we covered the Ginburu store parking lot.  We didn't catch anyone.

1st period was free, so I wrote letters.  2nd period was a really boring film in chapel on the Hopi Indians and how the bombing of Hiroshima was prophesied in their history.

At lunch student affairs met, and the rest of the afternoon was spent in a faculty meeting.  Yuk.

After school I went to Akira's for dinner.  Hiroko make yakisoba and omelettes.  It was very good!  I always enjoy my Wednesday evenings with them.

So, even though today was boring and very tedious, it was much better than yesterday!

I was supposed to meet with the special E.S.S. group to talk about Shirotopia, but I don't think they showed up.  I wonder why I'm not happy with my students/job at present?

Oh well, tomorrow is another day...sigh.

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Tuesday, October 18th, 1988

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.

Yesterday I had my lesson with Kayo.  Later she dropped by with egg rolls she had just made.

Today was really the pits.  Kimberly was in a bad mood, and I was tired and cranky, too.  The assignment in E.C. I was difficult, and I was grumpy. 

My 2 E.C. II classes acted like they had never heard English before.  It was like pulling teeth!  I waited for one girl to read me the headline she chose and it took her 10 minutes and help from 2 people, and the sad part is that all she had to do was say the name of someone in the class, and read the rest of the headline already written on the page.  Augh!!  She's not going to pass this class, if this keeps up.

I had my Japanese lesson.  Informative, but not very intense.  We "practiced" at lunch for our show at Popporo Sunday.  What a disaster this is going to be!

Linda Lee & Karl are back.  Barrett stopped by my office.  I watched "Cobra" on television.  End of exciting day number 216.

Not a very good day.

Monday, December 12, 2016

Monday, October 17th, 1988

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 was really busy.  Yukari came for my Japanese lesson at 10:00.  I had a kanji test, and it went pretty well.  Kimberly came at 11:00 for her lesson and I went to the bank to get cash.

Yukari left, Kimberly & I ate & talked, then at 2:00 Manna & Meg came for their lessons.  First, I gave Meg an English lesson.  It's hard, because I'm not used to advanced students.  Next was Manna, no problem, beginning stuff.  Then hour #3 was my Japanese conversation lesson...ugh!

Mike, Resa, & the kids picked us up at 5:30 & we went to Sato for dinner, then to Higashi Kakogawa to Hiraki shopping.  I only bought a few things, believe it or not!

We got home around 9:00, talked, then went to bed.  It was a busy day, but fun.

Sunday, Kim and I left for Sannomiya around 10:00.  First we went to Mikage to drop her stuff off.  We ate okonomiyaki at that quaint restaurant at the bottom of the mountain in Mikage.

We talked to two ladies from Okayama on the Shinkaisoku.  One was an author of poems and worked at NHK, the other made kimonos.  It was fun. They were on their way to a high school reunion.

After lunch we shopped.  We went to an office supply store.  I bought a calendar.  It was neat to think that when this calendar is used up, there'll only be 5 months of my stay left!

We went to Maruzen, then to a futon shop.  Kimberly & I decided what our big purchase would be...a wedding futon set (complete with 4 mattresses and covers, sheets, 5 summer & winter pillows).  They'll even ship it all to America.  It'll be really expensive, but I've decided I was a strictly Japanese room in my home in America (bedroom).

Like this:


Sunday night we went to KIBC.  Rev. B. has a bad cold, so the message didn't have the usual impact...poor guy.

I went to my first singles fellowship.  It was really fun!  We talked about negative comments, gossip, slander, etc.  Very informative.  To begin with Erin had us throw bread crumbs over the terrace railing behind B's house.  Afterwards she explained that these crumbs were like gossip & negative comments.

She asked us to go out and try to pick those bread crumbs up, and, just as we couldn't pick those crumbs up again, we can't "take back" negative comments once said.

I stayed over at I's.  Got there late, left early.

Sunday, December 11, 2016

Friday, October 14th, 1988

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 night Akira came for Kayo's lesson, and Hiroko came at the end.  Kayo wears kimono from October to March every day, so I'll get to see lots of them between now and then!

We had chili for dinner.  I think they liked it.  We looked through pictures, and Akira and Hiroko asked me to sing at their wedding.

On Thurday I was late for my E.C. I class, and forgot about getting K's classes started.   Luckily no one had left yet.  Mike gave me some biscuit mix, oatmeal, etc. (economy size).  I helped Taiko write her speech for the speech contest, and had E.S.S. after school.  Chinatsu & Tomomi were the only ones out of the old crowd (who I'm not too fond of at present) that came, but Tomoko I. started coming.

Today I listened to Mikes' chapel talk, looked through catalogues and texts from the JALT conference, had a secret conversation with Sonia about Hinomoto and her hopes of becoming full time.  I also designed an expansion activity for the newspaper unit we're working on in E.C. II. Should be fun.

I had my first koto lesson of this term today, too...ugh!