Fireworks!

Sunday started out as a lazy sunday. I got out of bed rather late, though I woke up at 5 am (Japan, why are you in the wrong time zone?! ๐Ÿ˜ฆ ). When I got up, there was no one in the house. My host mom went to church with a friend of hers, whose poodle stayed over during that time. My host mom said she’d be away for about two hours, but since she didn’t return after three hours I decided to go for a walk. I really wanted to go outside, despite the hot weather. Staying inside all day long isn’t for me. I wrote a little note (in which I used only 1 kanji, though I could write at least 4, but I was too lazy/sleepy to think) saying I’d be back within the hour.

I walked straight the whole time, since getting lost would be a disaster (I don’t know and address nor a phone number), so my walk ended up at the river. I passed a few kids playing outside, or rather, making each other wet because that’s what children do here in summer. I caught a few words of what they were saying and one of them was “Amerika-jin”. Ppor kids, not every white person is American… Then I passed them again and the shouted “Harooooo!” (= hello) so I waved at them. Giggles from their side. I tried finding out how to get up to the river, there’s some kind of dike in between, but I couldn’t see it (turned out walking over the grass was totally okay, hehe) so I decided to return to the house, I was away for half an hour already and the heat started to be too much to handle. So, I had toย pass those kids again. They were already 50 meters behind me when again, “Haroooooo!” so I hello’d back. Giggle giggle. I turned around again and heard them follow me, so I turned back to them and saw them waving. I waved back, of course, and they looked overjoyed. ‘The American waved back at us!’ ๐Ÿ˜‰

On my way back, my host mom passed me by car. She said Eri’s kids were at home and they were asking for me. When I returned, these kids were scared of me. ๐Ÿ˜‰ Their mom said she’d go home and clean for a bit, while the kids stayed with me. They played peacefully for a while but then the brother accidentally hit the sister, she started crying and asked for her mommy. So I picked her up and was about to take her to her mommy when the boy wanted to go too. But the dog was lying near the entrance and they were both scared of it, so I had to pick up both of them (they’re 3 years old, so they were a bit heavy ;)) and walked to mommy on my bare feet. The asphalt was so hot! Poor mommy had to stop cleaning and returned to the house with us.

My host mom handed me her laptop, because she couldn’t find the password for the WiFi. At first I had problems accessing facebook, since I had turned on the double protection, but after an hour or so looking for a solution, it finally worked. I hadn’t been online since arriving at the airport, so I thought they’d start to get worried soon, and I just wanted to talk to people in a language I speak well. Full time Japanese is incredibly tiring, especially if your level isn’t that great.

Before I could finally log on to facebook, a Japanese friend who works at the office invited me through facebook to have dinner with her and a friend that evening. In the end she had to contact my host mom because she still hadn’t received any reply from me. Later my host mom went to the office and brought back a little (overly kawaii) note from the girl, in which she invited me again. So cute. ๐Ÿ˜€

Which brings us to dinner. After being undesicive about where to eat, we finally managed to pick a place; Gusto. Gusto is a so-called family restaurant, where there’s a choice for everyone. There’s both Japanese and western food. The three of us picked a Japanese style dish in the end. It was delicious! Meanwhile we talked about all kinds of things, mostly questions about Belgium and teaching them some English. And having to hear again that my head is small and my eyes have a cool colour (they’re just green, but they all have dark brown eyes, so to them it’s special).

Before getting in the car to go to karaoke, they suddenly decided we’d do fireworks after karaoke. My friend invited her brothers and a friend of theirs, and then we went to karaoke. Which was nice. I mean, I’m not the biggest fan of karaoke, mainly because you don’t hear the artist’s voice (which is why I like singstar better) and because you can hear your own voice (eww, gross!). Good thing there are English songs as well, and since my friend is a big fan of One Direction, we mostly sang One Direction songs…

Suddenly, it was time to go, because we were supposed to meet up for the fireworks. We went to my friend’s home, where we met one of her brothers and his girlfriend. We waited for the other brother and the friend, but in the end it took an hour or so before they were ready. Once everyone was ready, we went to Donki to get fireworks and then off to a parking lot/construction site along the Edogawa river. For me, it was the first time to light fireworks so I was really excited. I’ve only seen big fireworks in the sky, so lighting my own sprakler was something new. It was a lot of fun, the fireworks were beautiful! I hope I can do it again, but since it’s a popular thing to do in Japan in summer, I guess I will. ๐Ÿ˜€

By the time they dropped me off at home, it was alreadyย 1 am, and the whole house was asleep. I was tired, so I went straight to bed, hoping I wouldn’t wake up at 5 am again! I didn’t, I was still half asleep when my alarm went off at 9 am, but I still feel exhausted! I hope I can go to bed early today, since tomorrow I’m meeting up with my friend again, and she has a day off on Wednesday so I’m thinking it’ll be late again. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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15 thoughts on “Fireworks!

    • YES, it’s a very Japanese thing, isn’t it ๐Ÿ˜€ Saturday there will be a big fireworks show around here, which we’ll attend as well, I’m so looking forward to that! ^^
      Yep! I don’t have much of a jetlag (not sleeping on the flight is a good way to avoid jetlag), but the hot temperatures are killing me xD
      Thank you! I’m sure that won’t be a problem ๐Ÿ˜‰

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      • Oh, I didn’t even reply ._. Well, I promise I will read your articles as soon as I can gather up enough energy! But you probably have way more important things to do than answering comments, so I won’t feel thaaat bad about being unsocial this week. ๐Ÿ˜€

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      • Hahaha donmai donmai! ๐Ÿ˜‰
        Thank you, it’s really cool you follow my blog so closely! ^^ This week is rather quiet, since I’m just visiting friends in Toyko but they’re working during the day. On Sunday I’m flying to Fukuoka, where my lessons start on Monday so I’ll be a bit busier starting next week. ๐Ÿ˜€
        Surely don’t feel bad about it, I bet you have a busy life as well! ๐Ÿ˜›

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      • Ah, great, my App finally stopped doing weird stuff and sent my comment! ^^
        Of course Japanfreaks like me will follow you! ๐Ÿ˜€
        So are you running around in Tokyo while they’re working or is that impossible without getting lost? ๐Ÿ™‚ (I know I would get lost, but maybe it’s the same for all non-Tokyoters :D)
        Oh yeah! You wanted to go to a language school, if I remember that correctly … How long will you be there? And I’m definitely curious what these lessons are like ๐Ÿ™‚
        Heh. With the Japanese course it was very busy, but this week I was just a little sick and after the stressier time I think my brain somehow wanted to catch up on ALL the Manga there are, so I spent my last few evenings reading while wrapped in a blanket. ^^

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      • Hehe apps these days! ๐Ÿ˜›
        Great great! I hope you’ll find my posts interesting then ๐Ÿ˜€
        I’m staying in Koiwa (Edogawa district, close to Chiba prefecture). It’s not the Tokyo you’d imagine, but I like this place more than the ‘real’ Tokyo. It’s nice and quiet here. ^^ I go outside for about an hour every day and try to find my way, taking pictures. More than an hour is nearly impossible in this heat! My posts later today will have some pictures. ๐Ÿ˜€
        Yeah I’m going to Genki JACS there, a school I’ve attended before. It’s a really nice school, very friendly staff and good atmosphere. They moved to a much bigger building though, so I’m curious how much has changed due to the move. I’ll surely keep you (and all my other readers, ahem) up to date! ๐Ÿ˜‰
        Oh right, you started learning Japanese as well! How are you progressing? Hehe yeah I can imagine! xD I hope you’ve caught up completely now ๐Ÿ˜›

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      • Yes! Eeeewww, technology. ^^
        I’ll let you know, but I’m sure as soon as I see the pictures I’ll be like “Uuuh, Japaaaan! O.O” ๐Ÿ˜€
        Aah, so you’re not in the city, okay. ๐Ÿ™‚ Aaah, right! Sorry, lately it’s been around 12-15 degrees here, so I forgot that it’s summer. -_-
        Yaaaay! ๐Ÿ™‚
        Umm … I can read Hiragana and say my name aaand ask for the time and say simple sentences like “I’m going to Japan by plane.” But not much more than that. ^^’
        I fear that catching up completely is impossible. But that means I won’t get bored ๐Ÿ˜€

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      • Hahaha, I bet you will! ๐Ÿ˜€
        I went to the city before, but I don’t really like the crowds and stuff, so I’m fine here in Koiwa ^^ Seriously, 15 degrees?! Oh Europe! My mom just said 30 degrees on Monday in Belgium! xD European weather, stop acting so weird!
        Well that’s a good start! You always have to start at the bottom ๐Ÿ˜‰ A good start is half the work, or so they say!
        Hehe how many anime are you watching?! ๐Ÿ˜€

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      • Why would you not like billions of people around you? Sounds completely stress-free to me. ๐Ÿ˜€
        Yeah, I think today it’s gone up to nearly 20 degrees and during the weekend it might go up to 29 or 30 again. O.o Climate change, anyone?
        Half? Good to know, then I’ll be fluent by January! ๐Ÿ˜€
        Manga, most times it’s Manga. I honestly have no idea how many running series I’m reading atm, but I think my time schedule and bank account are getting slightly worried about it … XD

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      • Surrrrrrre! ๐Ÿ˜€
        The weather in Europe has always been weird and unpredictible, but these awkwardly high temperatures could be due to climate change indeed! :/
        Hahaha! Well who knows! If you study hard enough, that would definitely be possible! ^^ Do talk with Japanese people though, that sure helps. ๐Ÿ˜€
        Oh manga! Woah, that’s quite an expensive hobby indeed! xD Staph it! ๐Ÿ˜›

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      • Unfortunately there’s still not enough being done about it. Seems like a lot of politicians and company CEOs are weather-resistant … ๐Ÿ˜ฆ
        Well, now I only have to find some of them to talk to. In Dรผsseldorf that might be easy, but where I’m living … Hmm.. I guess online search for “talking partners” it is ๐Ÿ˜€
        Sowwiiieee! ;_; But I think it’s unfair to read all of them online, love them and then not spend anything for the Mangaka to buy food. Granted, those which come to Germany are the big ones, where the sensei probably does not have to worry about rent ^^ But I’d like to think of my purchases encouraging the whole Manga industry. Ain’t I selfless?! And good at making excuses for spending lots of money? XD

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      • They’re not just weather-resistant, they’re also ignorant because they almost never come outside, except for in their summer house somewhere where the weather is always nice!
        Try looking for penpals or something ๐Ÿ˜€
        That’s true of course, but buying all of them is crazy still! ;o You’re such a good person! Maybe it helps keeping/growing the manga import industry in Germany as well! :p Let’s just say you’re selfless, that’s more positive! xD

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      • Oh yeah, that might be the problem. Then they would wait until it’s too late, since their houses probably aren’t on those islands which will sink first due to rising water levels …
        That would be the most sensible option, right. ^^ Now I just have to get up and start studying and finding a pen pal. If I wasn’t so lazy at the moment, that is …
        Thank you! *sniff* Yes, it’s a hard job, but somebody has to do it! Somebody has to take responsibility for all those manga! *clenches fist and tries to look epic by gazing into the distance which is silly because she is sitting right just 1 meter away from a wall* …

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