You know, except I’m not wearing stripes.
To preface, I should mention that a few of my friends call me Elmo, a bastardization endearing version of my nickname El.
I’ll start big and end small.
Chiba is located on the Eastern side of the main island, Honshu. It is across from Tokyo, basically.
I’m not sure why, but one day, someone decided to trace the edges of Chiba Prefecture and create a character from its shape. And that is why we have Chiba-kun.
Here is a link to the unofficial Chiba-kun song:
I’ve been told that when people from different parts of Chiba talk to each other, they can figure out where the other person lives by asking what part of Chiba-kun they live on. I think this is probably not true, but I’ll just tell you now that I live on his foot. :)
I don’t know much about Chiba prefecture yet, but as I learn, I’ll let you know!
Minamiboso, AKA “The ‘Boso”
Minamiboso was seven small cities/towns that merged into one city, Minamiboso City.
Right next to Minamiboso is Tateyama, which is a city that I have to go to in order to get anything. XD There isn’t much variety (or much of anything at all) in Tomiura, Minamiboso. But luckily, Tateyama is only about a 15 minute drive from my house.
Speaking of Tateyama, on Tuesday, I drove to it! I wanted to go to Tateyama (at least to know where it was and how to get there), but I was afraid to drive by myself, so I asked Kim if she wanted to come with me. She needed to buy some bed sheets, so she said yes, and I called Jeff to see if he wanted to come too. I picked Kim up after work, and we met Jeff at Aeon Town.
Aeon Town is a shopping plaza, almost a mini-mall. It has a grocery store connected to a department store, a food court, and several other shops around it, including a shoe store. I needed some shoes for work (just simple slip-ons to where indoors), so I picked up some Vans, and then I saw some other shoes on sale. SALE.
Because Japanese people have, like, the smallest feet EVER, I was advised that I wouldn’t be able to find any shoes my size. Well, the joke’s on them; I wear men’s shoes anyway.
The shoe store was supposed to be the Payless of Japan or something, but the shoes were still hella expensive. I rationalized it by saying I did need new shoes (and I did), and they were of good quality anyway, so they would last a long time. (I don’t know how much longer the shoes that I brought with me are going to last! They’re already falling apart… I mean, I’ve had my Converse since high school, and my boots… aren’t the best quality anyway.)
I also found this awesome notebook!
Yeah! It’s a notebook! I didn’t buy it, though, because I didn’t actually need it, but I thought it was pretty neat.
Kim, Jeff, and I hung out for a long time after we were done shopping. I eventually got home at 10:30, I think.
Today, I fulfilled some requests and took pictures around town. I looked like a crazy tourist. I hope you are satisfied.
While I was walking to the beach to take pictures, I ran into three teenage boys. There was a dog tied up next to a house, and it was barking up a storm. One of the boys was apparently afraid of dogs, but his friends weren’t very helpful. They just walked past the dog, and then turned and watched and laughed at their friend. I walked past them all, and the boy said, “Please help me.”
I’m not sure what he wanted, exactly, or if he was even talking to me, but I stopped to kind of laugh at the situation. His friends told me that he was afraid of dogs. The dog was barking the entire time.
Me: “Hey. Hey dog, stop that. Don’t be mean. You’re so cute. Why’re you being mean?”
The two friends laughed at me, but they noticed that the dog was paying attention to me now, so they started to talk to it, too. The third boy realized what I was doing, and he sprinted past the dog toward me and his friends.
There was no way the dog was going to get him, because it was on a very short leash, but he was terrified enough that he definitely needed help getting past it.
They all laughed, including the third boy, and said thank you (in English, haha), and they told me to have a nice day (also in English). It was all pretty hilarious.
And here are pictures of my apartment! It’s much bigger than I expected it to be. It’s also very filthy, which I think is what happens when it’s left alone for a few weeks.
I don’t spend a lot of time in my bedroom, because it’s bloody HOT, and I haven’t cleaned the fan in there yet… I mostly sleep in my living room, because that room has air conditioning.
Also, I kill plants. :( There were all these plants in the apartment when I first arrived… And I’ve killed them. I have no idea what kind of plants they are, but apparently I don’t know how to take care of them.
Today I spent a lot of time cleaning my bathroom and kitchen. And yesterday, I cleaned my living room—I picked up the rugs and shook them outside, swept under them, and rolled them with this neat sticky floor roller that the BOE got me. I got really sweaty! It was disgusting. But at least my house is clean now. Well, most of it is clean. There’s still the second bathroom and my bedroom.
I hope those pictures satisfy you. You’ve probably seen as much of Tomiura as you will ever want to. :)
But in case you want to see more, I have about six futons, and I’m always up for company. I am full of the lonelies. :D
My next entry will be about my work, and then this blog will probably slow down, because I’m just answering everyone’s questions at this point. Please leave questions on my “About” page if you want to know anything specific!