Archive for September, 2003

The folks…and earthquake!

Monday, September 29th, 2003

So I survived the earthquake, and my folks are back in PA, safe and sound after their whirlwind tour of the Land of the Rising Sun. Here are a few pix that they took:

      

Nara and Kyoto (again) with the folks.

Wednesday, September 24th, 2003

It’s been an exhausting two days. The results? Judge for yourself. We got to see a really cool kimono fashion show in Kyoto and a tomato vending machine too.

               

They’re heeeere!

Sunday, September 21st, 2003

Today Kyoto. Tomorrow…the world! Or at least Nara…

  

Mom and Dad arrive…

Friday, September 19th, 2003

TONIGHT! Wish us luck!

Hanshin Tigers Baseball!

Tuesday, September 16th, 2003

Yesterday I was lucky enough to attend the premiere baseball game in Japan: Hanshin Tigers vs. Hiroshima Carp. Of course, just from the dispiriting name “Carp”, the Tigers were destined to beat them. What was special about this game was that this victory for the Tigers clinched the #1 title in their division for the first time in EIGHTEEN YEARS. So needless to say people were mostly drunk and rowdy, but about 10 times more polite than people in, say NYC, when the Yankees win. Pix:

                     

Long overdue.

Monday, September 8th, 2003

Ping Pong Matrix style: http://www.ntv.co.jp/channel/asx/hkzkt10.asx. The quality is a little low, but worth watching.

I was thinking today about what being a “gaijin” really means. To me, the word “gaijin” can have negative connotations depending on the context, but all it really means is “outsider.” In fact, there are many “gaijin” in Japan today who were “gaijin” in their own countries as well. In fact, when I look around at the other Westerners here, which I rarely do, there is a peculiar reticence to acknowledge other Western people, be it eye contact or actually walking up and talking to someone. It’s really an interesting dynamic. Of course, I’m part of the problem, too. I don’t want to have the same conversation with yet another person, the “why did you come, how long you been here…” conversation. It’s eerily reminiscent of what I imagine prison conversation to be like, except with cooler cell phones.

Anyway, I’m still enjoying myself. Those of you I haven’t emailed in a while, I’m sorry, I’ve been totally swamped. You should all have emails now. Thanks, Pizza Hut! Oh, they have Pizza Hut in Japan. It’s good. Perfect duplication, but with more corn and salmon toppings.

Sorry…again…

Friday, September 5th, 2003

Been busy with work. I will update y’all this weekend.