スカイナー鼻炎N is a fairly effective multi-symptom cold medicine that I am on at the moment. My sore throat is mostly gone, mucus has slowed down, eyes hurt less, I am not coughing as much, and my headache is a little bit less. I hope I don’t throw up, I need to keep some water down. (Plus I don’t want to see the partially digested instant curry)
Stupid pigs. I don’t even know any Mexican pigs…
If I go to school I am wearing one of those fun masks. (Joke, I hate valveless masks)
Buying food that is labeled in a foreign language that you don’t completely understand, and leaving the dictionary unused can be an adventure. (Imagine an immigrant in the US buying a tub with a picture of fried chicken on the front, and then when they got home learning that “Crisco” isn’t a brand of fried chicken, but lard.)
For example, if I am in the desert section, I am pretty safe getting any kind of プリン. I have a favorite brand of milk, no experimentation there. Butter you have to be careful with, so you don’t get some kind of seafood バーター.
I only had to look up one word in writing that, 燃える/もえる, “to burn”. Yeah, it is pretty funny that I had to look up “to burn” to describe my hobbies…
In English, that is roughly:
My hobby is taking pictures. I like taking pictures of people, animals, and burning things, but taking pictures of models is the most fun. I took pictures of various things for Wikipedia. I am not a pro, but I have 5 cameras and a bunch of lenses and flashguns.
I rode to the north again, going up route 26 from the FEEL NEWS shopping center to route 248, and then south back to the Garage Sale and home.
I had lunch at FEEL NEWS, which included this… thing. It was quite good, but I didn’t expect the chocolate cream filling.
I went on another trip to Nagoya, this time with a bunch more (English-speaking this time) students.
On the train, we thought that the flipping seats was so cool I had to take a video of it.
I bought a cell phone here, specifically a SoftBank pre-paid phone. The phone itself was ¥5250, and then a ¥3,000 pre-paid card makes the account valid for 60 days. Unlimited email is ¥300/30 days, and actual phone calls are 90¥/minute, so it is really a mobile emailing platform rather than a voice communication device. (The phone I got was a Samsung 730SC, which unfortunately isn’t a flip phone, but it was the only prepaid phone they had at the SoftBank office convenient to me)
I finally had a random Japanese person talk to me in English. Except it was a little old lady, who spoke amazingly good English, asking where she could get some English practice. I told here that the school I was going to was just a little ways up the road, and they would be able to arrange that for her.
This is my “kitchen”, such as it is. My parents stove (just the stove!!) is bigger than my counters and sink cabinets. If I had a beard and staff, I could easily be Gandalf in Bilbo’s kitchen in the shire.
I got an external keyboard.
I am in Japan, so obviously the only (cheap) keyboards are going to be the normal Japanese layout:
Many of the symbols are shuffled around, but I do gain a “¥” key.
I went for a little bike ride today. 30 meters of altitude and no significant hills make for a much easier time than I am used to. I went east to the edge of Okazaki on Route 1 from Route 248.
Route 1, looking east.