I went to school since the classes started. I can't take any classes in Fall Semester because I will take leave of absence for a year since October 1st. But I will continue to attend 4 classes: 3 are the ones for full year and that will have exams in December. 1 is the one I'm interested in.
I stepped in a new schoolhouse for the first time. It was finally completed. It is our first building with moving staircase in this cumpus. I was a little excited. It is seven-story building, so the views was great. I like it.
I took part in Seitoku Discussion. The discussion meeting was held by ESS at Seitoku Women's University. Because their regulations are so strict that it prevents men from entering, the ESS members almost gave up its opening. However they could use a campus of another university for today's meeting. After all more than 70 participants from each club related with English at universities in the metropolis came to this meeting.
I had to take the role of chairperson at my discussion table of 6 members. I knew half of them, so I wasn't nervous at all. Today's theme was "Love." We discussed the difference between love and friendship, homosexuality, favorite love songs and so on. I think I could do well, for member helped me lead. We enjoyed it.
After the discussion we had a reception party on the fourty-nineth floor in the building in Shinjuku. The night views was so beautiful. I was really sorry for forgetting my digital camera. To big amusement it was no alcohol or no smoking in today's party, but we enjoyed talking and smorgasbord dinner. I thought it was interesting and very special ideas women would think of. Because I don't like alcohol so much I really enjoyed the party.
I got over the summer cold and went working today. It's very cold since typhoon NO.15 is coming. I really hate its being cold, because I grew up in Kagawa, a part of warmer area in Japan. Last year I couldn't feel Autumn in Chiba. I wish there would be many sunny days.
After working I watched "The Thing Called Love." I'm a enthusiastic fan of River Phoenix. I love this movie in the second place after "Stand By Me." This movie is about country musicians, who try themselves in Nashville. The title of today's diary is the line which is exclaimed in the movie when they are trying in Nashville. Fortunately I could buy the VHS 4 or 5 years ago, but now it is sold out. With great regret this movie wasn't shown in theaters in Japan and a few rental video shops deal with this movie. If you find this in a rental video shop, just take and rent it. This is a wonderful movie.
I went to Unga where my college is. I promised my frined to play pool sometime soon when we met on the party two days ago. I had a train pass to Kashiwa, so we met in Unga where he lives. We enjoyed pool and had a dinner together. We went to Texas. It was my first time to go to this restaurant though it is near our college.
The master was a very good person. He actively talked to us. He recommended today's menu and to have a refill of rice. He told that he left Zen-Nik-ku Hotel to strike out on his own 2 years ago. His dish was very delicious and it was nice talking. In most restaurants around Tokyo I have never had such an experience. I got to love this restaurant. I'm sure I will go again.
I bought a high-class soap called GHAR soap through the internet. It is said that much olive oil of superior quality is used for this soap. I wanted this because I wanted to feel fresh for my walking exercise. I thought I would keep motivated. And I will use one soap for a long time. I wanted a high-class one.
Using this soap I really feel fresh. It smells nice and I feel like a king. I'm glad I decided to buy it.
I had a drinking party in Ueno with our ESS members and another familiar ESS club. I was really looking forward to meeting friends, but a few friends of the same grade joinned. I got a little disappointed but it's okey. I enjoyed the party so much. Though I felt sad thinking of distance from them since next Janualy, I will share great time until then.
In the bookstore in Ueno Station I dropped into before the party there was many books on Tokyo. This is because Ueno Station is one of the biggest stations in Japan and is a entrance to north since ever. I found some books about walking spots in Tokyo. I decided to buy some of them by the next month's salary.
I went to Yura no Sato by bus this time. I went before 4 p.m. so it was sunny. Under the sun I lounged in the tub. It was so wonderful. I had another experience.
On my way back I dropped into bookstores and stood reading books. There are four bookstores within a stone's throw of my place. I make it a role to drop into them on holidays.
I supervised test takers of the sixth grade. I was surprised to see a quarter of them have celler phones when I told them to switch off their phones if you have. Tests was going well, but during the last break a boy throw his friend's eraser into the area where the students at the school we were allowed to use was preparing for a school festival. The boy and his friends went into the area and moved carton boxes to find it. This delayed the start of the last test by 2 minutes. I thought kids are kids even if they have cell phones.
Coming home after I finished the other job, I was really tired. I took a shower and fell into a deep sleep. I worked too much today.
I bought several books. Some was written by Takeshi Kitano, who won the Best Director Award at the Venice film festival this year. To tell the truth he wrote those books in the name of Beet Takeshi. He uses this name when he is a comedian, an actor and a writer ---- concerned with show-biz.
In one of these books he looks back on his childhood. It is very interesting. He lived downtown in Tokyo, in towns of humanity, where neighbors were very close. I'd like to read more.
I did well in my job today. I got many volunteers through placing phones.
In today's walking I thought about equality and money, but I can't get my thoughts into shapes let alone in English. I hope to do this someday by reading more books, thinking deeper and studying more.
I went to Yura no Sato in Matsudo, a big public bath. During trips in Kyoto, Kagawa and Iwate I went to some big public bathes or hot springs. In a big tub I can stretch out to relax so much. As soon as I came back to Matsudo I find that in the Internet.
I went for the first time. It was so nice. There was many kinds of bathes. I stayed there for about an hour. I got freshed up. What I thought was bad is that it is far from my apartment. On the map I thought it would take about 15 or 20 minutes, but in fact it took nearly 30 minutes to walk from my apartment to there. If I have enough money I'll go there by bus.
I walked for about two hours tonight. I couldn't live today so much as I got satisfied, like yesterday, but I couldn't stop. I was sure if I stopped doing something I would fall into the deepest condition. But I couldn't find what I should do, so... so I walked solely walked.
Looking up at the night sky moon was nearly full and so beautiful. Not only the moon but the shapes of clouds, that is, moon and the clouds illuminated by moonlight was wonderful. Seeing clouds wander I walked and walked. I thought it is my vacation in preparation for my future.
I slept for about 12 hours. I couldn't find anything I should do today. All I did today was go around streets, drop into bookstores and walk along the Edogawa River. I didn't do what I can write here, so I like to write about "HOTEL HIBISCUS."
I watched the TV program at an inn in Kyoto in this summer vacation that was featuring this movie. It caught my eyes. This is the movie about a small international familly hotel in Okinawa. The scenes was very beautiful and made me warm. Everything between the family reminded me of mine and what I was when I was small.
Now I live in this stiff and fixed city. I'm enclosed by many high buildings, and every doors get locked. I have few opportunity to talk with neighbors. In the streets everyone is a stranger. In stores I find what I want, pay the money and go out of them.
In this movie everything is open. They are laughing, singing and being together. I really love to watch this movie.
I slept from 6 p.m. to 12 p.m. after I finished my job. I was very tired. I worked for 6 hours today and totally for 13 hours on these two days. I didn't walk today.
I'm walking everyday as an exercise from the beginning of this month when I came back from Iwate. It keeps me healthy and I like it. Because I won't go to school in this Fall Semester I'm taking much care of my health. I'm now in my twenties, but it is said that my health in the future depends nodoubtedly on living habits in my courrent ages. I will reconsider my living habits and change its bad points.
Not only for health but relaxing I love walking. My walking course is along the Edogawa River. In the evening sunset is very warm and beautiful. The sunset of yesterday was mixture of pink and purple, and the shapes of cloud was very great. I really recommend walking in the evening.
I started a new affair in my part-time job today. It seems easier than the last one, but not interesting. It is to ask for agreement on the phone with responding to the questionnaire our client will send later, so I have to talk just as is on the script. I could talk more freely in the last affair, which is the reason why I'm not intereted in the new one. Anyway I need to work for debt repayment to my father.
In the last month I left of absence, because there was a little posibility to enter a college in America since this September. To put all the eggs into one basket I had to do this. My job sometimes prevented me from contact with my visa agent and originally I would quit this job by the end of July if I could go to America in time for Fall Semester.
After all I've decided to go in next January, but I did travel Kyoto and Iwate of which pictures I would like to show students in the college I would enter. To travel I borrowed money from my father. I enjoyed so much. I'm going to update the pictures. I like to introduce Japan here as one of the face of this country.
Anyway I think my summer vacation has ended. I came back to job since this Thursday, when I trained in the new affair I started today. I will work four days a week. In the extra time I think I'm going to study English, America and stuff I'm interested in. I won't waste my time.