School starts up again next week on Tuesday. While I’m not looking forward to it I am glad that Steph and Matt will be returning this week. I’ve missed my buddies and I’ll be glad when we can hang out again.
On Friday I went with the Jeremiah and Geigy to one of the five Costcos in all of Japan. They had many of the same products and the way the store was set up was similar to the ones in the States. It was odd seeing women walking around in their high-heeled shoes and designer clothes. Geigy was shopping for the pizza and game night planned that night at the church. After we finished shopping all of us enjoyed an authentic Costco meal together. Cali and I were supposed to bake cookies when we got back to their house but we stayed out so long that we didn’t have enough time for that.
The pizza/game night was really fun. Another family showed up with their two young children. Larry, the husband, told me about their week in China and the adventure they had on Christmas Eve while they were there. Once everyone had eaten, the adults (there were 10 of us and 5 kids) played a really fun dice game called “Zilch.” Everyone had a lot of fun and we ended up just playing that game for about an hour. Jeremiah and Geigy dropped two other people off and when I finally arrived at the apartment it was about 12.
Sunday I went with a group to a place called Odaiba for the countdown, a really hip shopping area with a miniature Statue of Liberty and a great view. We arrived at about 10 and walked around while waiting for midnight. Before midnight there were 6 of us: Eriko, Hide and Kevin from church and Matt, Eriko’s friend from one of the military bases and Sarah who works with Kevin. We had a lot of fun and after the countdown (which was a little lame since we couldn’t see anything from where we were standing. . .) we met up with Kevin’s brother Adam and rode a ferris wheel. It was an amazing view once we reached the top with blinking red lights from high rises in every direction.
When we finally got to the train station it was almost 2 in the morning. And by the time we made the last transfer the only trains were locals (meaning they made every stop instead of the expresses which skip a bunch and are much faster as a result). We rode the train for over an hour and many of the people were (understandably) sleepy. Kevin had brought his PSP along and we challenged each other to games of “Pong” to pass the time. I got to ride a scooter for the first time for about a minute for the short ride from the church to the apartment. It was a bit scary since I had to take the back and I felt I was going to fall off any minute but it was very exciting too. By the time I got home it was 4 in the morning.
So today, the first day of the year 2007 I slept in until 12:30 and at 7 went with a small group to eat dinner at Kevin’s house. A train ride that should have taken 2 minutes took me 40. First I got on a train that split off in a different direction than where I needed to go. So I went back to my station and hopped on another train. I had to get on quickly because it was about to leave so I didn’t read the sign carefully. It ended up being an express and passed my stop. So when it finally did stop I had to go back on a local; definitely a test on my patience. The dinner was really good; Adam made delicious ribs and a traditional Korean New Year’s soup, which was also very tasty. After dinner we watched X-Men 3: The Last Stand and then the end of some Japanese movie or t.v. show until 11:30.
Tomorrow I’m going with a group from the church to Disneyland. Yes, I was just there but I had a really good time and I don’t mind going again. The company’s not bad either.