食事。

No private lesson for me today, and classes were let out a little early for the other people. Yamasa is closing down early, and it’s all because a 台風 (typhoon) is on its way through. There was a steady rain this morning, which has since gotten worse, and the wind’s unpredictable, but nothing I haven’t seen. Based on the reactions of the locals, however, I’m assuming it’s something of a harbinger of worse weather.

I wasn’t aware they were closing early, and was all set to wait around for my private lesson until one of my fellow students suggested I ask at the faculty office. Afterward, I stopped at the main Yamasa building as I passed to ask a couple questions, and as I was leaving — ready to walk for 10-15 minutes in random-directional rain — I saw that they’d pulled up a van to drive us back to the dorm! There was one spot left, and I gladly took it.

Never thought I’d actually meet up with a classmate here.

I’ve actually had things to do lately, all from people I know outside of the dorm. Sunday, my friend from WVU who went to ASU last year, Jaime, was in Okazaki with his girlfriend and wanted to hang out. He’s leaving soon to go back home, and I wanted to catch up with him a little, maybe get some insight into ASU. They picked me up in his girlfriend’s car and we went off to a café called Komeda — I’d never seen nor heard of it, but they’re apparently really widespread in Aichi. I had a melon-soda float in a glass shaped like a boot while Jaime and I talked about various common topics (and his girlfriend variously kept up or sent mail on her phone). It felt really odd to talk to him in Japan; I’d only ever known him from WVU, so I could almost forget I was in Japan during the conversation.

The next day, I met Yuri at WinG toWn to go to Rairaitei for dinner. She had a different friend this time — a former coworker who studies English language and literature — and we met her boss from the game center there. While the company was pleasant, the conversation wasn’t as smooth as last time, but the ramen more than made up for it.

Hard to believe I’ve only got two and a half weeks left here.

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