I’m sorry to say that my diary entry this time is far too lacking for an entire post, so I will write what I remember, based on the little I’ve written back then instead of just quoting the diary as I normally do.
If you recall, in my last post I spoke about meeting three guys from Russia, more specifically from Siberia. Since we would be there for the same duration and for the same reasons we quickly made friends and they asked me if I knew of any place where we could go out drinking. Straight to business, huh? Well, it just so happened I had met a girl in the dorm who had asked me to go out that night so I called her and we all went out together. I didn’t think much of it at the time, but this was our first night out and a month later we would have our last in the same team. The girl had been working in Sapporo for a while, being on a working holiday visa, so she knew the places. First she took us to “Gossip Lounge” where we would return every now and again for the next month, since it was a cheap place to drink. Compared to Romania, drinking in Japan is expensive; a night out drinking is roughly three times more than it would here, so finding a cheap place was a good idea.
After drinking quite a few tequila shots and a long drink we left to find another bar. Apparently this new one, located on Tanuki Koji, was a popular bar for foreigners. I didn’t really get the charm of it, but in all honesty I don’t really get why you’d go to Japan and hang out with foreigners, so this wasn’t a place I’ve returned to very often. I drank a few more long drinks and went home early; I couldn’t keep up with Russian drinking habits. Also I had school in the morning the next day.
Waking up the next day was a bit difficult, but by the time I got to the school I felt alright. Once more I was anxious; although I still am proud of myself of just packing my bags and heading to Japan alone, until I made friends I always felt anxious. I’m glad I went alone though, because this always forced me out of my shell; it forced me to make connections that I maybe wouldn’t have made otherwise, it forced me to take initiative and do whatever needed to be done without help and most of all, it helped me understand how it feels to be alone in a foreign country.
The anxiety passed soon enough as we started our first lesson. At least after the self introductions, I hate those, I never know what I should say. Why am I studying Japanese? Deep question. I have no idea. I said it was interesting and the teacher didn’t press the issue. A guy from Korea and I were the new students that week; he said he wanted to learn Japanese because he liked Shingeki no Kyojin (a manga/anime that’s very popular now both in Japan and outside). Well, that trumped my answer, but I suppose anything would. The other students had already been there for a week already, so by the time the lessons started I felt a bit behind since I couldn’t speak very well, at least not yet. The others were two guys from Taiwan and one girl from England, which I would eventually start calling Igirisu-chan in order to tease her. In return she called me kyuuketsuki-chan(vampire; y’know, ’cause I’m from Romania and everybody is a vampire here. Fact.).
The guys were Chou and Kan; Kan liked to spend his time playing games on his phone. All his time. I haven’t checked but he might have played even while sleeping. The only time when I haven’t seen him play games on his phone was when he was busy playing games at the game arcade. Those required two hands unfortunately.
As for Chou he spoke English quite well and after we started to speak for a while we became good friends. He was really kind and helped me a lot when I was in trouble(foreshadowing!) and was just generally fun to talk to. He was also really happy to hear I have a HTC phone and an Asus laptop.
The lessons by themselves were normal textbook lessons, but this time I had people to practice speaking with. It makes a lot of difference. Since the teacher insisted that while we repeat the conversation from the books we actually express the feelings that should be expressed I had a lot of fun overdoing it. I find I learn best if I’m having fun, so I tried to make it as fun as possible.
That day I finally managed to meet with Aoko and she was kind enough to bring me an adapter, since I thought of everything except the possibility of Japan having different power outlets. Aoko is so very small; it’s not just that she’s short, everything about her is small. She seemed content, but I still liked teasing her about it every now and then.
This marks the end of my second day in Sapporo, but there are plenty more to come.