A good buddy of mine, Andy, has just recently begun his very own adventure living in Asia. All of you travel fanatics out there might find his blog about life in China interesting. I’m sure you’ll be reading more about him on here at some point too; he plans to come and visit sometime before I leave Kyoto in February.
Speaking of leaving in February, after far more iterations than you can imagine I finally have a “finished” version of one of the two resumes I’ll be using for my rapidly approaching job hunt. This version places a strong emphasis on game development; I’ll use the other apply to more general high-tech jobs both in the US and Japan. Not that a resume is particularly interesting, I just thought I’d mention it 🙂 I replaced the old version with the updated one here. Tips and pointers are always appreciated.
Some time ago I mentioned that I’d made a decision to start hanging out with more friends who can’t speak English. After this Thursday’s class, I for the first time made good on that self-promise. Not that I haven’t wanted to before, it’s just that usually by the time I’ve looked up the hundred or so words I need to read an assigned newspaper article or write an essay on this country’s educational system the Japanese part of my brain tends to fizzle out. I therefore either just sleep, or go hang out with other English-speakers. But not this week!
After Thursday’s class ended, two of my new Korean buddies from the Rits International House, Chie and Min-Kyeong, said they felt like going out for a bite to eat and asked if I wanted to come along. “But of course! Where are we headed?” “Just take us somewhere good!”
So we gathered up a small posse and I led the way to a restaurant downtown called “bikkuri donkee.” That’s “The Surprised Donkey” in English. It’s a wacky family-style restaurant similar in d�cor to Disneyland, offering a wide variety of “hamburger steak,” something like meatloaf in the US but with a distinctly Japanese flavor.
When we finished dinner the bulk of the posse decided to head home, but Chie and Min-Kyeong made me an offer I couldn’t refuse. “We don’t wanna go home yet. Let’s go get some drinks!” So the remaining group, consisting of myself, Mike, Chie, Min-Kyeong, Min-Jyong, and one other Korean dude whose name I can’t remember, headed off.
I took them all back to my favorite spot for drinks, A-Bar. Because it was quite early and a Thursday night, the place was completely empty – but we still had a good time just chatting and sipping beers together. After a couple of hours had passed we looked at our clocks…we’d started so early that it was barely 11:00pm! It simply wouldn’t do to head back this early! So Min-Kyeong suggested that we continue the night in a Karaoke booth. Karaoke is really not my thing, but I was having a great time hanging out with everyone so I figured why not.
One hour (and quite a bit of embarrassment) later, our song time came to an end. Chie had been sick during the previous week and was dozing in and out of consciousness even with the loud music echoing through the room so I felt sure that the night would end there, but lo and behold – the cold evening air and the energy of hopping onto our bikes rejuvenated her, and she joined right back up with the recurring theme of the evening: “Let’s all hang out longer!”
Only by this time we were running out of ideas of what to do; it definitely wouldn’t be worth going to a club on a Thursday, especially because everyone had homework due the next morning (oops). So I invited them all back to my apartment where we continued sipping beers and talking about nothing in particular.
By this time my head was ready to explode from all of the effort required to function entirely in Japanese for over seven hours straight, not to mention the fact that I was starting to get a little buzzed. I did have some breaks every now and then while chatting with Mike, but all in all it was definitely a push over my previous envelope. The evening finally came to a close when they headed back to their dorm at 2:00am. I fell asleep at 3:00 and woke up at 7:00 to write an essay that was due at 10:40 that day.**