So, after Rachel and Josh left, I had a little bit of time to hang and relax and have tests before Guillaume arrived and I went traveling again.
First, we got assigned to our new classes (wow, that seems like it was AGES ago at the beginning of August - I can't believe I am just writing about it now), and I ended up in a class with Alexis but not with Martin. I absolutely ADORE my new class, so that is good. I still have Suzuki先生 sometimes, and since she is awesome, I am happy about that. Tsuruta先生 is my homeroom teacher, and she is fabulous as well. My two new teachers, though, I am still very iffy about.
Other than that, a bunch of us went to see a sumo match, which was super fun.
Martin, me, Lyn, Lauren, Alexis, and Tom
It's true that they were all super enormous, but for some reason they weren't nearly as enormous as I was expecting them to be.
The matches lasted about two seconds, and very little happened in them. But somehow, they stilled managed to be super intense.
So yeah, the sumo was SUPER fun, and I am so glad to have gotten the oportunity to see that in Japan!
Then one weekend, Jin Han and I met up with Sayumi, one of the people that was teaching us in our dance class, and we went to the matsuri (festival) in Nishyou (and least I think that's the name of the place).
Me and Jin Han
We were psyched to get to go, and we even got to dance (with Sayumi's team), which was super fun!
Sayumi's team dancing
Notice how incompetent I look compared to Jin Han!
It made me want to learn ALL of the Yosakoi dances, and I am sad that I haven't been able to continue. It was nice to be able to practice before the real dancing as the Yamasa team at the Okazaki festival.
Also, one day, Yamasa had a "try on your own yukata" get-together/session/I really don't know what to call it. We got to try on two different yukatas, and, well, I proved to be fairly incompetent.
This is the first one I tried on, that was super awesome 80's looking!
Me with Lauren and Alexis in the second one I tried on.
I had some trouble breathing in the second one.
When Guillaume came to visit, he was so kind as to buy me a yukata (YAY!!!!), and so now I've got one of my own!
Me in the Yukata that Guillaume bought for me.
Which one of the three do you like best?
Anyhow, so I'm sure there were other things going on, like we went to see the new Miyazaki film, Arietty, which is based on the books the Borrowers, by Mary Norton, which are some of my favorite books from when I was little. And since it was Miyazaki with the Borrowers, of COURSE it was AMAZING. More than amazing. And it was in Japanese without subtitles, and I actually pretty much understood it, which was super exciting for me!
And then it was time for Obon, and Guillaume was on his way! Details and pictures coming soon!