27/7/05 30 °C
i always hated going to school instead when my japanese course started in tokyo, i was very happy!
the morning starts at 7 am to catch the train at 7.56. noe the japanese train, as evryone knows, are crowdy, very crowdy. i mean is impossible to breath and to move, you don`t need to handle somewhere, the people around you keep your body motionless.
anyway, the train arrives at the station at 8.45, then i decided to have a walk across the Kabuki-cho, the redlights area of tokyo. At night that place is full of averykind of clubbing, streapers, pachinco (a game very close to flipper, or sometithing similar). The lighs make the night become day, you don`t feel the time passing. Girls in school uniform walk around and salarymen with glasses run behind them towards the love hotel..
in the morning the landskape is totally different...those salarymen, plenty of sexskills the night before,now lay on the street, alone, with hte head through the automatic doors of the pachinko`s places..very strange.
i arrived at my first day of school 5 min before, had a seat in a nice classroom, with carpet and beautiful chairs, like the one you usually find in the principal`s office in your high school
the other classmates start to arrive..a couple of chinese, two coreans girls,an italian guy a french,colombian an\d one american guy. The italian, marco, is a photographer which came in japan to follow the girl friend, the french guy,nicolas,left hong kong where lives with his wife, to come to study japanese...the american guy was similar to Mr. Burns, of "the simpson"!really, exactly the same face and the same tall and skynny body, even the nose was the same!
then the teacher came in..this girl "bitchy-chan",as we used to call her, wasn`t (according with the name) the best of the teache..yeallow teeth always showed wiht a large smile, a voice very similar to the one you can hear infront of the shop on the sale-day, and this terrible personality! like those girls that want to teach to have a minimum of power on someone..
thanks god, the other teacher, a guy, was great. Saito-san, used to have twi jobs, when he doesn`t teach he`s a plummer..amazing!
after 50 min of lesson we had the first break. Whent on the roof for a cofee, we met the others schoolmates..Paul, Andrea, Luc,Bernard and many others! and it was funny to see how adult people as we are, can come to school with another spirit comparing wiht the high schools time! i was happy to go to school and learn japanese,then i realized that just few of the other people were really interested in the language as a personal passion. As Marco, the photografer which followed the girlfriend, there was a lot of guys in the smae situation!!Paul came to japan for his partner jeff, Andrea because his wife is japanese and many may others just for work!
study abroad has been a great experience of Human Sociology!!