After re-reading this blog, I find I must apologize for the staccato nature of the writing. I blame it on my lack of opportunity to practice English these days.
This week/weekend was a pretty fun one. On Monday and Tuesday the Shimane JETS collected in Matsue for an orientation. I was dreading more orientating but it turned out actually to be a lot of fun. The rest of the week Fukuda-san and I practiced driving to my schools. One day she suprised me with a treat. We were driving by a place called "Cafe Libido". . . a store I had assumed to be of the adult variety. "Fukuda-san" I thought. "I don't want to go to a porn shop with you." But knowing what a proper lady she is I figured it must actually be something else. I consented, and we went in to the cutest, coolest little cake shop I've ever seen. The cakes were delicate, tiny, and enticing. It smelled lovely. We enjoyed our desserts and I didn't have the heart to tell her what libido really means in English.
Yesterday Ian, Litha and I went to Izumo to check out the You Me mall. It is the biggest mall in Shimane. I always like shopping but find the clothes in Japan to be 1. mostly ridiculous and 2. Mostly tiny (When the biggest size pant you can find it about an 8 or possibly 10 US you know you're in trouble).
Today I tried cooking some cuban black beans (I even special ordered cumin online for the occasion!) but was greatly dissappointed when I tried them. Although the bag said
黒豆 which I thought should just mean black bean, it turns out they are actually black soybeans. And it turns out that Cubans use black turtle beans. Who knew? Anyway I am greatly displeased. Also, today I returned to 鬼の舌震 to enjoy a hike. This time I brought my camera with me and I will let the pictures do the talking.
It's just breathtaking.
Next week school starts. Every school has an opening ceremony I have to attend. Tomorrow is Nita Middle School- my main school. Wish me luck!