Today started week two of classes, though it’s technically a week and a half since we got here. First was Law, where Professor Huizenga followed up on some questions we had from last week. He meanders a bit when he talks, but it’s always interesting. Next was the super-easygoing Ueda-sensei, whose teaching style I really like. If he ever wanted to work in North America, anybody would be lucky to have him.After that, we snagged some lunch at the school’s convenience store (which had been largely picked clean by the early folk) and ate it quickly before our next activity: flower arrangement in the clubroom. We picked a bowl (mine was a semicircle) with a little bed of nails in it and watched as the club president showed us what to do. You make a basic foundation of a tall stalk, a medium flower (the main focus), two smaller sprigs, and then you put it together like you want. When finished, we took it to him so he could fix it up. The club members told me I was doing fine, but I apparently made the thing too long. Still, after the president had modified my work, it looked pretty good. While we waited for the rest of the class, I spotted Warren talking to two of the club members, and joined in for a bit. The more outspoken of the two quickly decided he liked me when I mentioned I’d bought an Oneechanbara game (his reaction was bombastic), and we chatted for a while, but I didn’t want to monopolize the conversation. This, I redirected to Warren, saying he was a history buff, and he explained to them the history of 自由の女神 (The Statue of Liberty). In the end, when I mentioned to those two I was WVU’s Anime Club president, they (and several others) started calling me 会長 (president) as we left, over and over.
After that, we split up, with Warren, Josh, and me heading back to the hotel after several failed attempts at the ATM. I’m not sure why I couldn’t withdraw any money; my only guess is that the money I pulled the other day had its deduction delayed until today, and I was therefore over my limit. I hope so, anyway; Monday’s a holiday, and in order to call their number and get a person, I have to borrow Rosemarry’s phone and adjust for the 13-hour difference.
The other two guys were scheduled to meet their conversation partners, so I split off to hit the ‘net. I also made a call to Tower Records from the hotel pay phone. Unsurprisingly, those drama CDs are out of print. The girl who helped me suggested Den-Den Town, but couldn’t suggest a specific store to check. By that time, it was too late to do much, I didn’t have a lot of money left, and I just didn’t feel like going anywhere. The girls down the hall went back to Namba to buy more loli outfits, and the lot of us made a brief trip to the Aeon for various things, but that pretty much wrapped up the night for me.
Oh, and about half an hour ago, Josh and Warren got back from their meeting with their conversation partners. They went to a nearby yakiniku place and paid 4000円 for all-you-can-eat-and-drink. They apparently had a roaring good time, which only serves to reinforce how frustrated I am that our group has been almost entirely absent. Our Friday tour this week was to be Umeda, but they switched it to Osaka Castle because they thought we’d be better going to Umeda with our conversation partners — which’d be great if we had any.
Enough fluff and griping. It’s bedtime.