William (genkischuldich) wrote,

The Japan 30-day Meme: Day 06

News of Minekura-sensei's health situation from athena8

Profile of a Japanese teacher

STAR DRIVER's official anime site now has a 'gravure' page for the seiyuu

Teaser site for new Subaru x Gainax anime

I usually leave the staffroom at 1.30 and 2.50 (depending on the day) to say goodbye to the lower year groups. We practice saying goodbye, play janken and talk about Pokemon. One girl insists on reading my palm (she's psychic).

Today, I was in the middle of reminding everyone to take their umbrellas home, when the secretary called me into her office. There were a bunch of teachers standing around, looking serious.

"Sit down," said the secretary. I immediately realised that I couldn't have done anything too bad if she was still practicing her English.

One by one, the other teachers took their seats too, looking glum.

...And she brought out a cheesecake and glasses of green tea for everyone. Yes, I had been called away for a snack break.

Dr. Sketchy's is THIS week and - if I get to bed at a reasonable time this evening - I'll probably go. Anyone else? I heard they've changed the host since we were last there.

As for writing, I'm working on my query tonight and I think I'm finally getting there. I also got back to composing music now my computer doesn't overheat anymore, but I've got a suspicion I've heard this riff somewhere else before. I hate it when that happens. Even so, it was good practice getting it from my head onto the score, because I haven't done that in months.

Day 06 - Food that you swore you would never eat but now love (or tolerate).

I never really had a problem with sushi. I first tried it when I was around 17 or 18 and my super-cool anime-loving friends took me to Kulu Kulu Sushi in Piccadily Circus. I'd already decided in advance that I would LOVE it because it was COOL and JAPANESE. By the third time we went there, I wasn't faking it anymore. :)

The food I swore I would never eat is cabbage as I've never liked the stuff. But school dinners are approximately 50% cabbage (and 30% cucumber and carrots), so I pretty much had to.

The stuff that didn't seem so bad at first is oyakodon. This translates to 'mother and child murdered over a bed of rice' and consists of chicken and egg. I don't eat it if I can avoid it, but it occasionally turns up on the school lunch menu.

The Japan 30-day Meme:

Day 01 - A picture of you "in Japan". (doing or wearing something "Japanese")
Day 02 - Describe your neighborhood in Japan.
Day 03 - Most interesting person you've met.
Day 04 - What's your favorite place that's not in any of the guidebooks/lists of places to visit?
Day 05 - Which, if any, Japanese mannerisms or expressions have you adopted?
Day 06 - Food that you swore you would never eat but now love (or tolerate).

Day 07 - Which Japanese words do you use in English? (hanami, shinkansen, etc.)
Day 08 - Are you a Herbivore or Carnivore? S or M?
Day 09 - Favorite stores/shopping centers.
Day 10 - Something about Japan that sets it apart from anywhere else.
Day 11 - What did you find most overrated and underrated about Japan?
Day 12 - Describe a fail!gaijin moment. (Where you did something wrong or completely misunderstood because you couldn't ~read the air~ or just plain had no idea what you were supposed to do because you weren't born and raised here) Describe a gaijin!smash moment .(Where your foreignness was to your benefit)
Day 13 - Something about Japan that sets it apart from anywhere else.
Day 14 - What is the hardest thing about living in Japan versus your home country?
Day 15 - Weirdest food item you've seen, and weirdest food item you've actually eaten.
Day 16 - How you realised you'd acclimated to Japan. (if you have)
Day 17 - Your karaoke top 5, your sushi top 5, your conbini top 5.
Day 18 - Post some amusing/cute/faily purikura.
Day 19 - Your favorite Japanese character(s) and Gachapon/UFO Catcher toys
Day 20 - Favorite Japanese festival or folklore.
Day 21 - Favorite and least favorite Japanese fashion trends.
Day 22 - Your favorite Japanese saying or kotowaza (proverb).
Day 23 - What is something you have/do in Japan that you wish you had/could do in your home country?
Day 24 - Your favorite Japanese slang or borrow-word (外来語), e.g. セフレ "sex friend"
Day 25 - Most interesting vending machine find.
Day 26 - What's your favorite/least favorite train line.
Day 27 - Place you avoid going to if at all possible.
Day 28 - A picture of you looking like a weaboo/A picture of you trying to blend in and failing.
Day 29 - What's the thing you [will] miss most about Japan when you leave (either on vacation, or move away)?
Day 30 - Did Japan meet your expectations, both good and bad? What has been the most surprising thing about Japan for you, or the thing you least expected?
Tags: alt, anime, food, japan meme, link dump, meme, writing

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