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:: Thursday, November 24, 2005 ::

Proof of Friends

Which is needed now and then to reassure the mom. ~huge wink~ Actually, this is just a chance to show off random pictures, yea!

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My host family! Well, half of them. From left to right--Otousan (Dad), Okaasan (Mom), Yuki (21 year old sister)

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Friends around a table when we visited the elementary school. Serjio (sorry I don't know the spelling of your name!), Robbie, and Kato.

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The gang! Well, one of the gangs. -_^ Clockwise from bottom right--Matt, Vanessa, Casey, Bill, and... someone I need to remember the name of.

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My denki jisho, literally, electronic dictionary. This thing makes my life soooo much easier. It only cost $150, which is half what I was prepared to pay (thanks to the host family for directing me towards an awesome deal!). This screen is for looking up kanji, or characters used for writing Japanese. There are some 2,000 you have to know in order to read a newspaper. This character is said ai, and means "love". ^_^

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This region of Japan is actually called the "Kinki" region, as in a place name. It makes for some interesting names... there's even a popular J-Pop duo called the Kinki Kids. Go fig, huh? ^_^

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:: Kazen @ Always Doing 1:26 PM [+] ::
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I'm sooo going to be a 2nd grader...


Keep having fun. I love to live vicariously through my friends!

btw, are you spending a whole year there, or just a semester?
Unless I missed it, how was it you were able to visit the school kids? I would love to hear some of the differences between here and there when it comes to school for them.

Kinki, is there a translation to english for that word? :)
Elizabeth--Kinkiville, hehehe. ^_^ I'm here until May--9 months, a full year of study.

Karri--sorry, I never properly explained it! My Japanese speaking class went as a group to this elementary school. The University is really big on outreach and stuff, so all of the international students get to visit an elementary school. I think that every year a dozen or so get visited. When I have time I would ~love~ to tell you guys about the differences--really really really interesting. ^_^

As for Kinki, there's no real translation because it's a place name. Kind of like trying to translate "Pittsburgh" -_^ Kinki isn't a city though, but a region. Probably like NY's Capital Region in size.
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