Hey, props from Karasaki.
I'm on the banks of watery Lake Biwa in Shiga-ken as a student at the JET Translation/Interpretation Course. Only 100 or so people got chosen to come. How sick am I?
Anyway, spent the weekend hamming it up around the Lake with Kana, checked out some cool beer halls (Nagahama beer is the SHIT), visited the infamous Maibara and Yasu (you know what I mean) and watched the football on Sunday night via the net. What a fantastic world we live in.
Today rocked in to the Japan Intercultural Academy of Municipalities (ouch... try JIAM) near Otsu City. It's a pretty cushy place. Got my own cell, some gruel every now and then, the rats are my friends... seriously, it's swish. We pay for everything with a little red super card stocked up with 100 bucks for the 5 days... if you don't use all the cash, it disappears on Friday, so I'm gonna be living it up in the campus cafeteria OH YEAH!
A guy, I think he's the duke of translation or something, gave a speech which was pretty good; he was ALL ABOUT making MONEY from interpretation etc. Not really the reason I'm interested in it, but some nice info to carry around. He was all clued up, rattling off anecdotes and jokes, and the best bit was when he asked how long he was allowed to speak for, like he had no idea of the timetable or what was going on past his mouth, his mic and his glass o' water. Quality.
And now off to the welcome party. A fun time will be had by all.