March 29, 2005


     Well, happy belated easter to all you Christian people:

     Now onto more... not religious things. So from sunday at 4:30pm to today (tuesday) at 7:10am I hosted three Japanese exchange... people. I can't say students because they didn't come here as students, they're dancers. They apparently won some dance competition to come and dance at the opening of the Cherry Blossom festival in Washington D.C. So after we picked her up (we only started with one), they decided they wanted to go see the Ring 2 (for those of you who don't know me, I despise horror movies with a passion), and so they did... without me. That was rather dissapointing, but what could I do? So I let it slide. Anyway, they came back and the next day we decided that we'd take them to the mall. So I drove us all to the mall, which lead to some confusion about my age (they thought I was 18, because that's how old you have to be to drive in Japan), but we made it nonetheless. They kept saying "jyurokusaidesu?!" which means "16 years old?!"
     So once we were there they sort of wandered around with me trailing (all stores that were very awkward for a guy to be seen standing around in) and finally they just split off for 2 and a half hours on their own. In total we were there for FOUR HOURS (I hope to never be in the mall continuosly for that long ever again), but I got a copy of final fantasy tactics, and marveled at the enormous number parents with 5 year old kids who were willing to shell out the $150 for the nintendo DS. Especially the one who traded their used one in for a new one (for an additional $20) in order to get the manual. Sigh... Parents really need to learn to draw the line and tell their kids NO. Anyway, in the last 10 minutes of my expedition I ran into Alex Hill and his friend Tina, and we sat around and talked. Then I took this picture and went home:

From right to left: Mayuko Aota (17 years old), Kawakami Sachi (17 years old), and Kawakami Maki (12 years old) (yes, maki and Sachi are sisters)

     So then we went home, they took a nap, and when they woke up we ate dinner. After that we went and played video games, Sachi chatted for a while and then Aota checked her email. Here are some more random snapshots:

Maki and Aota playing tekken.

Sachi using the computer. Yup, now that they're gone I can relax... Oh wait! Shakespeare festival?! Oh no!

For those of you who noticed: Yes, better camera.

Posted by Kickmyassman at March 29, 2005 10:44 PM

Japanese people in the flesh? Without the glorification of culture via anime? No way!

Posted by: Louie at April 10, 2005 01:39 AM
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