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 I met Kimberly at 31 and we went to the Japanese restaurant on Miyuki Doori. She told me her ideas for a new movie called "Teaching English", about the hysterics of being a foreigner in Japan. It sounds really funny, and who else to star in it, but Whoopi Goldberg! I wish her the best- it sounds like a great flick!
After dinner we met Akira (who was 1 hour late) at Satin Doll in the hotel near me. Hiroko was supposed to come, but I guess had surgery on her forehead. We watched a band called La La La, in which a friend of Hiroko's sang. They were okay. The band that played after them- ______ Family Band, was very good! The lead singer was a kind of scary woman, but she was really good, and grew on us as the evening progressed. Her English was jyoosu!
Kimberly stayed over & left early Sunday. I went back to bed when she left & got up at 10:30. At 12:15 was my extra class in Mizoguchi...5 of my 11 showed up.
After that I went on to Rokko. I ate at Sun Kotobuki, then met Erin to practice a song that we are going to sing in a few weeks.
It was my first night as music leader, and I faked it pretty well, but messed up the invitational by not coming in at the right time at the beginning of the song. No one sang to cover either, so it was really obvious that I blew it. Oh well, 3 out of 4 isn't bad.
Today I cleaned & did laundry. I cleaned the ofuro, which is always a major undertaking. Finally got the Rambo-like grout gook cleaned off the ofuro cover and walls. Looks pretty good if I do say so myself!
After cleaning I went on the great spice rack hunt. Of course there isn't a single one in the entire city of Himeji. I went to Daiei, Yamato Yashiki, Zoo, Jusco, Seiden, Sanyo, Topos, Forus, Testa, and the china shop near Maruzen. They had a really ugly big one at Y. Yash., and expensive wooden one at Zoo, but that was all...I guess I'll have to go to Osaka. Grr. I'm finding that Himeji doesn't have a lot of things. Hick city! I bought groceries at A-Coop.
Kayo came at 5, and we had a good lesson...less book, more conversation and creativity.
This evening I'm enjoying watching television, writing letters, reading magazines, etc.
Oh, I went to the post office today to mail some packages, and said that one was air mail and the other two were surface. My mistake- the word for surface mail is "shee-mairu", but he added it all up as air mail...no small sum! If I'd let them go at the air mail rate, it would have been about 15,000 yen. Luckily, by correcting the situation it was only about 8,000 yen...whew!
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