Sunday, November 9, 2008

Ohisashiburi (Long time no see)!

So, it's been a while since I last updated this thing.
That's because I have been flat out doing stuff.

Japan is quite the busy place. There's so much to do, so many people to see and something going on at every turn if you go looking for it.

In the last 3 months I have gone from not being able to ride a bike to cycling to the station and home again and all around Takaoka. It has been quite the successful exercise of late and it's fun too.

I have also taken part in a world famous in Japan festival where I read a verse or two of an extremely famous anthology of poems, called the Manyo Shuu, 4000 verses long, read in it's entirety over 3 days in Takaoka annually. The other city employed ALTs and the CIR (co-ordinator of international relations) and I got dressed in traditional clothes and read a verse or two of ancient Japanese. It was sooooo much fun.

I ran a couple of laps of a relay marathon recently and felt like I was going to die. It reminded me that I need to go for runs more regularly.

What else have I done? I have been to Nara, climbed Mt Fuji, attended a massive Halloween Party and just generally have been having a blast.

Will write more about stuff later when I don't have work to do. I don't love bringing work home with me but this weekend it had to be done.

I hope all is well with everybody.

Love to all,