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Wednesday September 24 2008

Goddaughter 2 has gone to live in Japan for a year.  She is staying with a Japanese family and going to school there.  This is her first report.  There will hopefully be more, including, so she has promised, photos.  But, what does “xD” mean?

I love it here.  Japan is fantastic.  The views are beautiful.  I can see Mt. Fuji from my train station. My host sister is really cute and is a typical Japanese teenager. She has orangey hair and wears super high heels. Everyone in Japan wears huge heels but noone actually knows how to walk with them.  Really, they all look handicapped, but cute.

I get loads of strange compliments about how huge my nose, ears and eyelashes are.  Ok about the eyelashes, but if they keep on commenting about my gigantic nose and ears, I’ll hit them all.

Japanese guys are fascinating. They’re soo touchy-feely amongst themselves. In my class they do each other’s hair, touch their butts and stroke each other and other weird things.  It’s really cute, but at first quite disturbing.

High school girls have minuscule skirts, they’re not even skirts, they’re belts. I see at least 5 pants everyday.  It’s gross.

Japanese people are so shy.  It’s funny, but pretty annoying xD.  In my class this guy was staring at me.  I thought he wanted me to die or something.  And then the next day he sent me an email basically asking to be friends.  But he was REALLY glaring at me.

I make random pervy friends on the train (hum). This 26 year old asked to go watch the cherry blossoms with me in april ...

xD is an emoticon - turn your head toward your left shoulder and look. Eyes squeezed shut. It’s one of my favorite emoticons to see used (yes, I’m a nerd).

Posted by Jackie Danicki on 24 September 2008

I thought xD was a memory card format preferred by Fuji and Olympus, but then I am a nerd too.

Japan is indeed fantastic, and Tokyo is one of the few cities in the world with the energy and excitement and general level of interestingness of London and New York. I am not sure I would want to live there forever though - it isn’t as cosmopolitan as London and in the end that probably matters. This is a wonderful thing for your goddaughter to be doing though.

Posted by Michael Jennings on 24 September 2008

When I see xD on my olympus camera (well… my dad`s olympus camera) I usually have to try not to smile.
I suppose that`s kind of geeky too actually.

... XD

Posted by Goddaughter 2 on 25 September 2008

I’ve been in Japan for 15 months now, and I had to laugh about the super-high heels part.  People walk around with toes turned inward about 30 degrees.

Another nice thing here is that when politicians do a shit job, they quit.  Japan’s on its 3rd prime minister since I arrived last June.  According to my girlfriend, however, they (the Japanese) don’t have much choice in the replacement.  The ruling party internally picks a successor.

Still, it would have been nice had Clinton and GW Bush, or Blair and Gordon, for that matter (Gordon is a good and decent man, but… haha), quit after a year and we were able to take a chance with someone else.  Then again, that someone may have been Al Gore or John Kerry.  Oh, Christ.

I’m rambling.

Posted by NateIn'08 on 28 September 2008
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