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07 December 2005 @ 21:36
So, I'm back in my regular net cafe and, since there were no desks free in the normal non-smoking section, I'm in the massage section. With the frightening chairs.

I've just had my first Japanese lesson and it turns out I'm a 'word-pro baka' (person so used to typing, they've forgotten the written language)! Argh. Still, it's nice to have proper lessons.

It's very strange comparing the Japanese language programmes on TV to all the other foreign language programs. The key thing is that the Japanese is at the lower end of normal speaking speed and done entirely in the target language. The latter is understandable, considering the wide range of nationalities that might be watching. But all other languages are done at the slowest speed possible using the easiest words possible. Some of the English classes have taken this to such an extreme that they seem almost like a parody.

Another strange thing about TV is that there seems to be no one programme that everyone watches. There was the Japanese version of 'Quiz The Nation' on the other day, which is based on a British show (I think). If I'd asked a room full of British people whether they had watched it back home, I could be pretty sure of getting plenty of yeses(sp?). But here... nothing.

Oh, speaking of Japanese, kuroe nervously handed me what looked like a tube of toothpaste the other day and asked me what I thought it was, because he really hoped it was toothpaste. I looked it over and pointed out the katakana that said it contained menthol, a good sign. I also pointed out that it was covered in the kanji for 'teeth', another good sign. Most of the ingredients looked promising, in fact, after many minutes of close examination. I was about to hand it back to him, when I noticed the word TOOTHPASTE written in big letters in ENGLISH. We laughed about that for ages...

Random: Porno Graffitti are doing five days of gigs very soon... And that includes my days off! Ho~w do I get tickets!? I can't seem to get the site they suggest to work. Ah well, probably all sold out anyway...

Also random: The local conveni has run out of Yakitate-brand pan... I am sad.
kishuu_arashi on 7th December 2005 12:25 (UTC)
Ahahaha... the toothpaste story.

Kinda reminds me when I was running through Japan Town with my parents and I came across a デニーズ sign...
Me: De..nii..zu... *blinkblink* Deni-zu?
Me: WTF is a DENIIZU?!
Dad: Uh, a Denny's?
Me: Wait-- how did you figure that out?!
Mom: Ah, so you didn't forget your Japanese *after all!* Good Job, Honey!
Dad: Well no, it's written in English right there...
Me: ...

My friends haven't let me live it down.

A massage section in net cafe? Sounds cool, but what makes the chairs frightening?
Williamgenkischuldich on 7th December 2005 23:16 (UTC)
Ahaha! Yeah, I do that a lot! ^^;; Actually, the first time I encountered a Denny's was in Japan. Strange, huh?

In the massage section, instead of getting a regular chair, you get a massage chair. They look kind of scary!
kishuu_arashi on 7th December 2005 23:28 (UTC)
That sounds really weird... And despite this, there's no masseuse there? That makes it weirder still.

Denny's is an American chain... maybe why they might not be in England? (No one wants to eat weird not-so-great-american food except maybe very strange japanese people... *shot*) There's one down the street from my house, but only the one in Japan Town (San Francisco) had katakana on it. Understandably I guess...

hypatia_v on 7th December 2005 13:22 (UTC)
Thanks god everyone also writes thing in English (smile)
Williamgenkischuldich on 7th December 2005 23:17 (UTC)
Only sometimes though! ^^;;
hypatia_v on 7th December 2005 23:26 (UTC)
Sharon: Paradise Kiss Miwakosharona1x2 on 7th December 2005 14:05 (UTC)
*giggles* Sorry, that story was just too cute. ^_~
Williamgenkischuldich on 7th December 2005 23:20 (UTC)
Thanks! :)
ex_semishade366 on 7th December 2005 19:55 (UTC)
I used to want yakitate-pan but then they started doing fish flavoured bread and the like...
Williamgenkischuldich on 7th December 2005 23:22 (UTC)
On watching our first ep of Japan, our anime club headed down to Tescos in the hope of finding good bread. The next week, one of our members turned up with home-made bread and we were very grateful! :)

But actually, you wouldn't like Chuukaman, since it's got meat in it. ^^;;
ex_semishade366 on 8th December 2005 18:41 (UTC)
My recollection of Japanese baked goods generally is they tend to ambush you with things you don't expect to be in them.