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11 February 2009 @ 12:46 am
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Hmm. There's been a few things happening to be and I haven't gotten around to posting them yet. Here we go.

The interview in Hiroshima went well, and now they want me to come in and teach a demo lesson involving the class reading and discussing an article from The Economist. That'll be either this Saturday or next Saturday, presumably next since they haven't gotten back to me yet.

While I was in Hiroshima, I went to an Indian restaurant called Spicy Bar Lal's for lunch. After I order my food, I pull out my iPhone to look around on the internet while I'm eating and the Japanese businessman next to me, who's probably in his 50's or so, sees this as his opportunity to practice his English and starts a conversation about it. I make a few offhand remarks about the iPhone, and noncommitally ask where he lived when he was in America. Then he says Chicago, which piques my interest a bit more. It turns out that, 20 years ago, he lived in Chicago for two years when he was attached to the consulate there. So we talk about the importance of English, how Japan's population is declining so domestic companies need to look at foreign markets, the benefits of living abroad, teaching, and so on. He gave me some advice on looking for a job, since he currently works for the Hiroshima-ken Bureau of Labor. If I do get the job and end up teaching at any companies, maybe I'll see him again?

Tonight, we went to visit our future Japanese tutor--Hirata-san, the wife of a priest (Buddhist, I believe, judging by his clothing, though Hattori-san mumbled jinja under her breath when she was trying to tell us where they lived, so I could be wrong). She served us a very good meal and we talked a bit. She told us about how speaking English was one of her hobbies, so she made friends with a lot of the foreigners in the area, and told us some stories. Apparently a college in New York (I don't remember which one) had a branch in Chiyoda in the early 90s, but it closed after only a couple years. She agreed to tutor us in Japanese conversation if, in exchange, we would help her practice her English. Not exactly a hard bargain there, and people who know English well enough to teach it and who don't already teach English in high school are pretty rare up here in the mountains.

As a random side note, one of her stories mentioned her grandmother, and how she was a "daughter of the shrine." Apparently her family has been priests at the shrine for at least a century, and possibly longer. Kind of neat. ^_^
 
 
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Jnytesenvy on February 10th, 2009 05:09 pm (UTC)
I can't help but wonder if that was our old neighbor. . . He and his family (wife and son my sister's age) moved to Naperville and only lived there for about two years before moving back to Japan, and to Hiroshima if I remember correctly.

Anyway, good luck on the job!
dorchadasdorchadas on February 13th, 2009 02:49 pm (UTC)
Thanks! They got back to me and I'm going in next week.

Did your neighbor ever live in Lincoln Park at any point? That's where he was telling me he lived.
Jnytesenvy on February 13th, 2009 03:15 pm (UTC)
Outside of when he lived in naperville i do not know if they ever lived in the city.
Ashley <3: KH - Let's Goashiri_chan on February 10th, 2009 05:57 pm (UTC)
Yay! Good luck with the job!

Still retardedly excited to visit. I checked flights to Osaka in March, and they're all completely wide open so far. I'll find out my March schedule on the 18th, so you'll know when we're coming around then, and then I'll book the flight!

*squee*
dorchadas: Dreams are olderdorchadas on February 13th, 2009 02:51 pm (UTC)
Hopefully you can come during Golden Week. softlykarou will have a week off then.

If we're really lucky, it might even be ohanami time.
Ashley <3ashiri_chan on February 13th, 2009 05:49 pm (UTC)
I was just about to ask about this. I have to bid for my schedule, and I need to know about when would be good. I have a bunch of dates to put into an order on what I want the most, ranging anywhere from the 7th-14th to 25th through the end of the month. Let me know what's best for you and I'll try to get a schedule that coincides.

On that note, I'll just go check when Golden Week is XD
Ashley <3ashiri_chan on February 13th, 2009 05:51 pm (UTC)
It looks like Golden Week in at the end of April and beginning of May. We were planning on coming next month in March.

Is that still okay?
Michaelping816 on February 10th, 2009 07:38 pm (UTC)
hell yeah random japanese guys
Michaelping816 on February 11th, 2009 04:47 pm (UTC)
also i wish i could be profound :(
dorchadasdorchadas on February 13th, 2009 02:51 pm (UTC)
It takes a lot of practice to sound spontaneous.