Monday, September 15, 2014
Today I learned that my number one problem I have living in Japan is not knowing what to order when there are no pictures on the food menu. Sure I could be adventurous, but knowing what I am eating would also be helpful. I ran into an issue where I pointed at a certain item and received much more food than intended. This obviously is not a problem; however, issues could arise if I do not have enough money to pay for everything. For future reference try out this phrase, “Kore, onegaishimasu” and point to the picture or word. This phrase translates to “This one, please”. Pretty sure I use this phrase at least four or five times a day. Besides the confusion at lunch, today was filled with exploration of shopping centers and more food eating.
Thursday, September 18, 2014
We the exchange students, along with several of the Chukyo University students, went to Nagoya Castle and Osu Temple today as a welcoming to Nagoya city. During the Edo period, this was Japan’s most important castle. Its name could also be known as Meijo, which the name can be seen all around Nagoya such as: Meijo line, Meijo University, and Meijo Park. Much of the castle has been remodeled;however, visitors can still see what it was like living during the Edo period. After exploring the castle, we all headed towards Osu Temple to be taught the proper way of entering a temple in Japan. Before entering, one must go to a pot of fire and cleanse your body with the smoke. Once cleansed you may then enter the temple, next you throw five yen into a box, bow two times, clap two times, pray your wishes, and finally bow once more to finish the process of praying.
Friday, September 19, 2014
First day of classes and boy was I in for a long day. My first class is located on Toyota Campus which is about a thirty minute subway ride and about a ten minute bus ride. Luckily another student had the same class as me, so getting a little lost was not too bad of a situation. The fun part is that I am able to take a Java class in Japan! Although I already have credit for this class, taking a computer language class in Japanese will make for an interesting learning experience. After my first class I then headed back to Yagoto which is where Chukyo University’s main campus is located. Here, I attended my Pop Culture class which is also in Japanese, and my Japanese language class; another note to add, in the language class the sensei requires you to speak strictly in Japanese inside the classroom. All in all, the first day of classes was a success! Guess this is all I have for the blog updates, so until next time! ~