Friday, December 31, 2004

Salsa, Games and New Year

So, yes, it seems that people like to read just my most recent blogs, so I shall reiterate in this one that I have decided to leave Japan-- for good. [Or unless until further notice.] and go back to Hawaii. I've been having a hell of a time trying to sell my furniture and I have a feeling I'm just going to take a huge loss on it all. Anyway, yes, I will be home on Saturday, January 8th. Any mail you want to send me can be sent to

2361 Jennie Street
Honolulu, Hawaii 96819

Well, I feel as though I've been going out a lot. The day before my last day of work, after work [does that make sense], I went to karaoke with 2 students and Mike. Yes, yes, it's a no no. But what could they have done if they had found out? Fired me? I went with the Toshiter [as we call him... his name is Satoshi] and Hitomi. Their singing skills were awesome. Here's a picture of them a la my keitai.

After my last day of work, I went to toridori [yakitori] with Linda and Jess... and heard an interesting story about this massage parlor in Bali that... one should go to "just for the violation" as Linda put it. I guess you get this really.. er.. thorough service where they massage EVERY PART OF YOUR BODY. Hee hee. I thought it was cool.
Then on the 29th, I went to dinner, salsa dancing, and karaoke with Yuki-rin. She's the chicky that works at the department store down the street. We went to Ninnikuya [yay, for those of you who know the significance of Ninnikuya]... then to a bar called Campari in Katamachi. I have no clue how to salsa, but the basic steps and timing are easy and I found that if I had a partner who was a strong lead, it wasn't really a problem, but when I had a weak lead, I was completely lost. It was great. It was the first time I had really danced since being in Kanazawa and I'd like to try salsa dancing again in Hawaii. Any one wanna come with? Anyway, afterward, Yuki-rin and I wandered around and ran into John and Ramona-- Ramona went home and John, Yuki and I went to Shidax. I sounded like shit since my flu STILL hasn't gone away. Ah well. That was cool. We got home at 5 am. Here's a pic of Yuki.

Then the NEXT night, the 30th, I went out to dinner with Takurou. We went and had coffee at Starbucks first, and then we went to this Chinese restaurant. Really good. It was all you can eat/drink for Y2000 for 90 minutes. I was quite sad because in Japan, they don't let you doggy bag it... and we had ordered sooo much food. Anyway, while there, he gave me a going away present. A Ps2 video game called SNOW. It's apparently quite heart wrenching-- and his request to me was, that before I die, that I finish the game. It'll be good Japanese practice. He said it took him 30 hours to finish-- so it'll probably take me quadruple that because of the kanji. He said that once you play it that it makes you really value your family and friends all the more. Interesting. Oh, and AFTER dinner, we went to karaoke... and again, because I've been singing so often and going out so often, the SICKNESS made me sound like crap.

And oh yes, HAPPY NEW YEAR! It doesn't seem to be starting off so well. Yoshi sent me an email last night saying he lost the ring I'd given him and that his computer is being stupid. Well, I guess it was still December 31st there-- so maybe the year is ending on a bad note but it will start on a good one? I guess we'll find out. It was pouring rain, with thunder and lightening last night, so I turned down invitations to go out for a drink and go to Oyama Jinja for Ohatsumoude. I really want to kick this flu before I go home. So well, that leads me to a survey that my friend had on her Live Journal about 2004. Here goes:

1. Do anything for the first time?

I lived completely on my own in an apartment of my own.

2. Did you keep your New Year's resolutions, and will you make more for next year?

I dont think I made any last year. This year, I will be more physically active. I will try to find my dreams. I will follow those dreams even if they are not profitable. I will try to be happy.

3. Did someone close to you give birth?

Close to me? A bunch of my old friends from high school did, but no one I'm really close with.

4. Did anyone close to you die?

Wynee Wong. Rest in Peace my love. For an article about her death, see:

5. What countries did you visit?


6. What would you like to have in 2005 that you lacked in 2004?

My own home with Yoshi. A job that I truly enjoy. Less stress. My dad to be more healthy. My mom to get her spark back. More time to enjoy myself.

7. What dates from 2004 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?

Uhm... May 22nd and 23rd, 2004. Laurel Parade and Graduation from MHC. September 1st-- leaving for Japan.

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?

Graduating or making the decision to go back home to Hawaii. One of those.

9. What was your biggest failure?

Giving up on Japan.

10. Did you suffer illness or injury?

Well, I've had the flu for 2 weeks? And I almost burned myself to death.

11. What was the best thing you bought?

My fuzzy blanket.

12. Whose behavior merited celebration?

Behavior? No ones?

13. Whose behavior made you appalled?

Apalled? Americans who brought Bush back for another term.

14. Where did most of your money go?

To moving into my apartment and buying shit for it.

15. What did you get really, really, really excited about?

Going home to Hawaii.

16. What song will always remind you of 2004?

I don't know. This one is tough. Some mix between the students' version of the MHC Alma Mater ["Oh Mount Holyoke we pay thee tuition..."], m-flo/Ryouhei/melody's "Miss You" and perhaps some other random song that I can't think of right now.

17. Compared to this time last year, are you:

i. older or wiser? wiser

ii. thinner or fatter? fatter

iii. richer or poorer? poorer

18. What do you wish you'd done more of?

Hung out with friends, been able to relax

19. What do you wish you'd done less of?

Eating. Sitting on my ass.

20. How will you be spending Christmas?

I spent it at an Indian restaurant in Tatemachi called Shangrila.

22. Did you fall in love in 2004?

A million times over with Yoshi. [Yeah, I'm sappy. A la Orange: "Shaaaddaaap!"]

24. What was your favorite TV program?

Law & Order: Special Victims Unit

25. Do you hate anyone now that you didn't hate this time last year?

I very seldom "hate" anyone...

26. What was the best book you read?

Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card

27. What was your greatest musical discovery?


28. What did you want and get?

There's nothing that I wanted that I got, since I didn't get too many presents this year... unless... well, I bought a car.

29. What did you want and not get?

A job that made me happy.

30. Favorite film of this year?

Lovers/House of Flying Daggers starring Zhang Ziyi and Kaneshiro Takeshi

31. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?

Eek, that was almost a year ago... I think we went to that Japanese food restaurant in Noho called "Osaka" where they do all those kitchen cutting up food tricks.

32. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?

Yoshi coming to Japan WITH me.

33. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2004?

Unique, I guess. The same me, but a little more punk.

34. What kept you sane?

The internet.

35. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?

A toss up between Orlando Bloom, Johnny Depp, Hyde, and Kaneshiro Takeshi. The girls weren't that special this year.

37. Who did you miss?

Yoshi, Leah, Nana, Laura, Vans, Pete, Rae, Hero, Dave, Tamanegi, Liane, etc etc

38. Who was the best new person you met?

Takurou and Kazuo-san

39. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2004:

That I can't always do it alone.

40. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year.

自分の幸せ願う事わがままではないでしょう ... for those of you who don't read Japanese, "Jibun no shiawase negau koto wagamama de ha nai deshou" which means "Wishing for your own happiness isn't selfish, is it?"

1 comment:

Isabo said...

Love you :)