Today was the first day of actual classes for us. The campus of Kindai isn’t massive by any means, but it is larger than it looks at first, and many buildings have more floors than the average downtown-campus WVU building. It’s also cozier; there are trees and public areas for sitting scattered throughout, which gives everything a closer feel (and probably contributes to the illusion of smaller size). Our main classroom building is roughly central, and only has four floors plus a basement (in which there’s a restaurant-style cafeteria and a tiny convenience store, as well as the school fitness center). Our classroom was on the top floor, and it’s apparently not cool to use that building’s elevator, so we took the stairs. Ugh.
It was a small room, but we all fit just fine. The first class was Japanese Law, taught by a former American lawyer named Huizenga (hai-zen-ga; he said it was Dutch). Enjoyable class; it wasn’t dry at all, and I expect the next two sessions will be even better. Our second (and final) class was Japanese, taught by Ueda-sensei. His English was excellent, and he stayed upbeat throughout the whole class. It was mostly a review for me, which is unfortunate, but I tried to use some intermediate constructions to challenge myself and get in some practice. I will need a pocket folder, but I haven’t been able to find one so far. (Why I didn’t bring one, I’m not sure. Everything I’ve forgotten so far has been minor but annoying.)
Afterward, we finally got to take the train so we could get our JR passes for the last week here. My one complaint: we were not shown how to buy tickets for train travel, so I still don’t know how.
For now, I’m hungry, and I’m thinking another shrimp cutlet at MOS Burger sounds pretty damn good. It’s been raining all day, so I bought a 100-yen umbrella from the hotel lobby before we left and have since changed into jeans. (It’s actually chilly out.) More later.