Oops, no updates. My only defence is an hour-long daily commute to Orientation for three days in a different town, followed by a welcome party, after party, group trip to the Cape Toi fire festival, group trip to the beach, camping on the beach, and eventually trundling into work Monday sunburnt and overprepared considering my first class wouldn’t be until the following Friday.
Which was now last Friday. Since then, I’ve successfully taught/talked at about half a dozen classes without making an obvious hash of things. The weekend mostly involved sleeping through a three-day long thunderstorm that only just stopped its rumblings this Monday afternoon.
So! Let’s go from the as-yet un-narrated top. Orientation C! JET being the quintessentially Japanese exchange program it is, we attended an orientation before arriving in Japan, spent three days in Tokyo being further oriented, and once we landed in Miyazaki the new Miyazaki JETs attended a third Orientation in the prefectural capital. It was sweltering hot, but I suppose that’s the same for the rest of the country right now.
Day 1 (Wednesday) started at 1pm, so that was the one day I could actually make it out to Miyazaki on time. I know that Japan generally expects you to be ten minutes early to everything, rather than fifteen minutes late to your 9am orientation programs on Thursday and Friday, but as our lecturers were JETs we were gaijin talking to other gaijin so it wasn’t a huge issue. In my defence, my options with the Miyazaki prefectural bus schedule were catching a bus (that was fifteen minutes walk away) at twenty to seven, or ten to eight and be the aforementioned fifteen minutes late.
Anyway, Wednesday at least gave me enough time to get food in me before settling in for some hardcore listening. I wandered the city blocks east of Tachibana-dori, the palm-tree lined main street of Miyazaki City, looking for some restaurant or another the Miyazaki City JETs had stumbled into.
The photos shown weren’t it, but this place did a solid curry with fried shrimp. The walls were lined with the Japanese release posters of western films like Ghostbusters, Back To The Future, Rocky, ET, and the like. The shelves had action figures, and a TV on top of an old Coca Cola vending machine was screening one Evangelion or another.
Fantastically nerdy. Would stumble around that particular part of town again trying to re-locate it.