The Japan Times - Edition 11 - The Earthquake Edition!
I know I called/texted some of you already to tell you I'm still in one piece after the earthquake. It was actually quite strange. It was about 40-ish kilometres off the coast of Tokyo, and measured 7.2, although apparently Japan has a different scale of measuring things, so I'm yet to find out if that's Japanese or Richter. I was teaching my 11.40am lesson, minding my own business, when one of my students starts saying, "oh, oh, earthquake!" All three of my students were in or near Tokyo, so I checked that they were all okay, then kept going with the lesson. A couple of minutes later I started feeling really sick and light headed. It was so bad that I had to hang onto the desk. I had no idea what was wrong, then I realised that the door next to me was squeaking, which it never does. So we were getting tremors as well! My first earthquake experience. My flatmate was home at the time, and we live on the second floor, so she didn't notice, but I teach on the 16th floor, so we really noticed it! There was a tsunami warning issued for Miyagi, but when the wave actually came in, it was about 10cm high. We get bigger surf than that! Actually, anywhere gets bigger surf than that.
Other than that, all is going well still. I went to Kyoto on Tuesday after work to see Daimon-ji, which is a festival where they burn Chinese characters into the sides of the mountains to farewell the dead or something. I spent most of the time trying to track down all my friends, because Dave and I arrived well after everyone else! We didn't end up wearing the yukata, because I didn't have time to get changed after work, and I can't tie the obi by myself!
I will be having kids' training soon, which is going to be interesting. A friend of mine was supposed to have his yesterday, but he's doing everything he can to get out of it! Not sure that it's going to work, though. Apparently they can't keep up with the demands for kids' lessons, so training is no longer optional. I'm going to ditch all my private students, it's just far too hard, and too much hassle.
Well, I'd better get going. I have a chai Haagen Dazs waiting for me...
Talk to you all again soon.
Stand straight and tall, not the reflection as others see you, but as you truely are. Clearwater