Laundry Detergent Refil

I finished my old bottle of detergent, and was going to get a new one. So, I rinsed out the bottle, and put it in the plastic recycle, and went to Seiyu.

Yeah, it is Japan, so they have ways to reduce the trash, like buying a bag of detergent. I took the old bottle out of the recycle, and filled it up with detergent. The refill bags are generally a little bit cheaper than the bottles as well, but the reduction in trash is enough for me.

Not that I really care about the planet, I just hate dealing with the trash.

Accents, Eh?

Accents in English are always a fun topic of discussion at Zig-Zag (the school bar).

We had a guy from west England (Mark) trying to guess were a few other people and I were from based on our accents.

  • The German with really good English was from England.
  • I was from Germany.
  • The British guy was from South Africa.

At least, according to his first guess. Not like I would have done much better, since I thought Mark had a very light British accent.

It is pretty obvious to other Americans that I am American, although some people think that an American called “Olaf” is weird, and a “not American enough name”. Although, even if someone recognizes my accent, it is usually something like “You are from western America or Canada”, since there isn’t a whole lot to differentiate most of that region, accent-wise.

Considering how different a London accent sounds, I have to have a pretty strong accent to them, but I can’t really tell what it is by myself.

And then native French speakers tend to have a really strong accent in Japanese, for some reason.

Broken Pliers

My old pliers, which I got in April at Daiso. I broke them while removing a wheel lock from a bike.

My toilet was running water constantly until I took apart the valve and cleaned it out a bit, but I really need to get a gasket/washer kit for the valve. (And faucets, really)

Burnt Mosquito Bite

The good news is I am getting better at talking to the people in the drug store in JUSCO.

The bad news is I am getting lots of practice talking to the people in the drug store in JUSCO.

I have specifically asked for and gotten the following medicines at that drug store: sunburn medicine, mosquito bite anti-itch medicine, and burn cream.

I was making spaghetti, and used the colander wrong, and got hot water on my hand and foot, giving moderate first and second degree burns, including a mosquito bite. I was on the way to JUSCO when I decided to stop into Seiyu to see if they had burn cream, when a bird crapped on me.

The drug store section of Seiyu was closed anyways, so I went to JUSCO, where I easily got what I wanted.



Before I came to Japan, I watched lots of anime and movies, so I didn’t have any surprising experiences, but when I went to the supermarket I was surprised at the prices of vegetables and fruits aside from bananas. I thought it was high.
I wanted to buy lots of vegetables and fruits, but if I bought what I liked, I would quickly use all of my money. In America you can buy anything, and the prices don’t get too high when the seasons change.
Since American food and Japanese food are difference, the American food I want to eat is expensive.

The funny thing about this essay is the first paragraph. It is 2 sentences long, the first one being crazy long and the second being a very simple sentence.

I tried putting that through Google Translate, and the result is…..

I was amazed at the price of fruits and vegetables other than bananas when I went to the supermarket because they were not surprised to see a lot of anime and movies before coming to Japan. I felt great.
I could buy a lot of fruits and vegetables, like the money to buy food anymore. In the United States that can buy anything, prices should be high season is very strange.
Japanese food and American food is different, so I want to have American food is too high.

Riding the Subway

I rode the subway today.

No, I mean like I got out of the station at about 24 different stations.

That is about 24* (2 to 6) flights of stairs, so it was like being on and off a sairmaster all day. Add in the humidity, and I ended up with salt stains in my shirt.

a few more pictures

Groundhog Day


We were doing an exercise about “In case of XXXX, you should do YYYY”:

“In case you lose your key, what should you do?”
“In case you lose your key, talk to the guy in charge of your apartment”

“In case something breaks in your apartment, what should you do?”
And everyone in the class looked at me and said “Talk to Olaf.” That surprised the teacher a bit so there was a flurry of comments:
“He fixed my door” (2 people)
“He fixed my bike” (2 or 3 people, I lost track)
And then there were the 2 people where I had cut their hair.

I felt like Bill Murray in Groundhog Day.

The teacher then said “Well, what happens if your car breaks?” and everyone again said “Talk to Olaf.” This one is a bit different because the culture in Japan is that you generally don’t fix your own car, you take it to a shop for almost everything. This is caused a bit by the shaken(shaw-ken) system.

My response was “well, I have fixed cars before”.


Apparently there was a big earthquake (Richter 7 or so) a couple hundred km off the coast of Honshu. I didn’t feel anything here.

In a relevant update, I got a cool book at BOOK OFF, and hope to read it:

A 140 page book about raising a hearing-assistance dog. The title is something like “Couta: Raising a hearing-assistance dog.” It is written in the style of a longer kids book, so I should be able to get through it.