I have now been through my first typhoon. It was interesting. Kinda like a big thunderstorm; except no thunder.
For those of you who I haven’t kept apprized, I changed to Japanese 2. The vocabulary as well as some of the grammar of 3 was beyond me. So, in order to be in a class that is more of my level, I changed. I may still audit a Japanese 3 class or two though, just to see if I can pick anything up from it.
That should be my final schedule. I hope it will be fun.
I’ve only been to 3 classes so far; one of which I won’t be going to again (Japanese 3b which conflicted with the Culture and Society class). Classes after 2nd period were canceled today due to the typhoon. I don’t think they were expecting the storm to be this strong. It seemed to take the whole city by surprise. We only started getting email about some classes being canceled around 10:30 AM, by which time I was already at school. That was a little disappointing, but it worked out nicely. Was a good way to waste time since we had to spend the whole day inside.
Outside was a bit treacherous. Here is the story of my two broken umbrellas.
The first has served me faithfully since the begining of college. It was a nice umbrella. Not expensive or particularly well made, but nice. It folded up into a small wad that fit in the side of my bag. I used a time or two freshman year and got to school with it today. Getting back was the problem. By the time I started home the wind had picked up. By the time we made it to Iidabashi station (by the school) it had already been turned inside out twice and was bent all to heck. By the time we got to the grocery store on the way to the dorm I found a trash can in which it could live out the rest of its pitifully short life.
The second umbrella had an even shorter, albeit more heroic life. After getting back to the dorm, I waited for the rain to slow down and then dashed out to Lawson’s (basically a dollar store). I found a ~$4 umbrella there that seemed pretty well made, and it must have been. It did survive about 20mph winds and got my back to the dorm. A few hours later though I decided I just had to try to get a few pictures. Like I said, the umbrella’s life was short but heroic. As I snapped about 10 picture (2 of which you see above) it snapped. Ending its life and my photoshoot. It died protecting my camera who came out unscathed.
As for the rest of the day, I have been wasting it on facebook, this, and reading a japanese folktale. I bought a books of children’s stories translated into English and Japanese and have been reading it in an attempt to broaden my vocabulary. I’m not sure it has worked but it is a good way to waste time.