Can someone, anyone, find me the train station?: Japan, Day 4, A Travel Log

Today’s class wasn’t so much about teaching English as it was about the Japanese school system and preparing us to teach L’s university class on Wednesday. We will be doing a version of the Basic Model with occupations and modes of travel. Flashcards and everything. I’m pretty nervous about it.

I don’t have the best track record for presentations. Somehow I made it through undergrad without getting any better at them (even though I was taking nearly all economics classes my last year and a half, which make you do presentations all over the place). But, it’s not like I’m genetically predisposed to fail at presentations. It’s just a skills and practice thing. I’ll keep forcing myself to do them, and I’ll get better eventually, leaving a trail of frustrated students behind me).IMG_1755

I finally got to go to the Russian bakery around the block. Boy is it good. Little Brother, Mr. Young and I went there for lunch. I found some kind of egg, bacon and ketchup pie; it tasted like a good egg sandwich, so I’m not complaining. Eggs improve almost any food.

After class, I went to the 100 yen shop to find a 3-ring binder, snacks, milk (because I don’t like my coffee black and we’re out of creamer), a coin purse (Japan has 500 yen coins and paper money begins at 1000 yen, so you end up with A LOT of coins), and a mask (one of those surgical masks).IMG_1760

Yes, I bought a mask. They keep your face warm, and they hide a little bit of your gaijin-ness so you don’t stick out quite so much (gaijin=foreigner). Plus, I just think they look cool. Now, if I could just get up the guts to wear it. I feel so silly, but I love the idea of being a little warmer.

This is the smallest adult size I could find, but it's still pretty big. I might need a child size.
This is the smallest adult size I could find, but it’s still pretty big. I might need a child size.

It was a beautiful afternoon, with lots of sun and a clear sky, so I went on a walk to see if I could find the train station. Even though R has explained it to me a number of times, I still haven’t been able to find the train station. I know it’s simple, and just one turn, but I never remember which street to turn down.

Mizumoto's a really pretty place.
Mizumoto’s a really pretty place.

I didn’t find the station, but I found a lot of cute little kids coming home from school. I also found a tasty little hot coffee drink from a vending machine. I kept it in my pocket to warm my hands as I walked. Apparently, buying a hot drink to use as a heat source is a common thing to do in Japan.

Vending machines in Japan have lots of drinks, including a wide selection of hot drinks. This is the coffee I found. It was very tasty. Nice and sweet. I do like my coffee sweet.
Vending machines in Japan have lots of drinks, including a wide selection of hot drinks. This is the coffee I found. It was very tasty. Nice and sweet. I do like my coffee sweet.

I got back home at 5:10, a little too early for dinner. I went to my room to practice my presentation. I’ll get dinner in an hour or so. I’m kind of waiting for S and R to get home, in case they want to get okonomiyaki (a vegetable and meat pancake I’ve always wanted to try, but it’s very much a social kind of restaurant).


A/N: Maybe someday I will find the train station, but today is not that day.

 

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