I'm going to steal Ivy's question since she's not around --
JClemy, tell us about the one that got away.
I've always had friends with little brothers/sisters so I've gotten most of the experience of having siblings without having to share with them. I haven't ever really missed having a brother or sister but that could be because I've never had one. With great friends I've always loved having close friends instead. Like a sibling you can choose.
I think the failure of that relationship actually helped me with making a move on my current fiance. I started hanging out with my fiance while I was still dating the other girl and things were going downhill. Nothing happened but I realized that I was having more fun and enjoying myself with another girl it probably wasn't going to work.
She used to actually call me whenever she had guy troubles and my fiance would get mad because she thought she was trying to get me back. She might have been but that's all in the past now.
What is the best part about eating fish eyes?
Although this may be Chinese, do you know what it translates to?
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I tend to like to try as many different foods as I can. I managed to try pigs ear which was good.
If you could travel anywhere in the world and live for five years (money is of no concern), where would you go?
I think if I could travel around I would spend the time travelling around southeast Asia.
If I had to stay in one place and money was no object I would move to Las Vegas. I have been there 6 times and I still feel like there are things I'm missing out on. I feel like with money being no object I could stay there for 5 years enjoying life and getting bored of Vegas. I don't know what it is about the city but I just love going there. The thing with Vegas is that I would be close to California for concerts and shows. Also there are always shows in Vegas.
I'm sure anywhere would lose it's appeal at some point once the novelty wore off. Being away for a year I realize that the place I'm happiest is probably at home back in Calgary but I would definitely make a go of it in Vegas.
Cheers, Cubrocker for sharing with us!
Guess I better go grab my chopsticks for this next round!
You've been teaching English in Japan for a year. To whom? Young students, highschool, or adults? I think you mentioned that you weren't fluent in Japanese, so I must ask how this deal works...I'm sure it's quite a challenge for both parties. Do your students know some English, or do you all spend alot of time using the universal language of smiling alot and pointing at things???
And, with a year of experiencing the Japanese lifestyle under your belt, tell me...Are you chopstick friendly? (I figure if you've gone so far as to eat fish eyes, (*gag*) then I'd assume you've mastered the sticks...)How about the tradition of removing your shoes before entering your home? If I popped in for a visit, would I be expected to remove mine? And, on a related note...Describe your domicile/ living quarters for us...
I Teach 3 classes for the City Hall which is mostly older ladies and a few retired gentlemen. I teach a lot of private students as well. I teach from elementary level to adult conversation classes. It's been great.
My students pretty much all know a little bit of English. I have a few kids that really don't know much English at all but that makes it fun. Smiling, pointing, repeating and using dictionaries or the tiny bit of Japanese I know is how we get through.
I'm slowly learning more and more. I know lots of animal names.
When you get into someones home your remove your shoes in the entryway. It's called a Genkan(I probably spelt that wrong). You take off the shoes when you get in and leave them pointing out towards the door ready to go. It's often like that in the bar too. You remove your shoes when you get in and walk around in bare feet or in socks. I find in Canada most people remove their shoes when they come into a house so it wasn't anything new for us.
Our apartment here has a pretty good size. Here is a video done by one of the teachers that taught the year before us.
What do you want to do with your life? Do you want to continue with teaching?
I think I will probably be teaching elementary school in Canada most likely. I prefer teaching younger kids in North America and I really enjoy it here too.
You'll be an administrator in five years.
Is Panda Express popular in Japan?
Tell us about the first and/or best time you rode a bicycle.
"Best" would be ironic for this story, I think, but I've been in two bicycle accidents in my day; one involving an eighteen-wheel truck (in which I was totally unharmed), and one involving a hit-and-run at night that dislocated my wrist and cost me more than $20,000 in ER and surgery bills.
I don't ride bicycles on public streets any more, because I've been rendered a coward.
JClemy, obviously, you missed Coachella last year due to being there in Japan, but didn't you get to go to Fuji Rock? If so, how different is that festival from Coachella? If not, what shows have you seen while there? What would you say is the predominant style of music throughout Japan? And, do the Japanese like to party like us Americans and Canooks, or is that a serious no-no over there?
The meat at Panda Express is also probably better than the stuff here. I say that because Japanese meat is crazy fatty. We would send back most of the stuff you get here because it's more fat than meat. I'm sure a Japanese person would say that about our meat though.
I think one of the best bike rides though was last summer when I spent a day riding through Calgary along the river with my fiance and a friend. We went basically from one end of the city to the other on our bikes and stopped at a bunch of cool places along the way. We saw a lot of parts of the city you don't often see which was really cool.
Fuji Rock has sort of the same spirit as Coachella but it's no where near as good as Coachella. Apparently it rains every year and this year was no exception. It was miserable for the first day. I would have killed for the heat of Coachella.
Summer Sonic was much more like a whole bunch of concerts in a whole bunch of different spots that all happened to be close to each other. I enjoyed it though.
I've only been to those two shows here in Japan. It's amazing to see the Japanese let loose. The first night of Fuji watching the Japanese people dance and sing and have fun was strange. I've since learned that there is a different type of Japanese person that I really haven't met too much. It was amazing to see this new type of Japanese person.
The most common music I've noticed is pop. J pop. Some of it is really terrible but some is kinda fun. Mostly terrible. I'm amazed at how well the Japanese can do any type of music. We got a chance to see a Japanese reggae singer at Summer Sonic on the beach. Her name was Lecca and she was great. The Japanese tend to embrace something and when they do it they do it well. In North America we have the punks and all different groups but in Japan they do it to the extreme. It's great.
The Japanese can party hard. They don't usually seem to do quite as stupid of things that we do but they drink hard. You go to Karaoke and get a two hour all you can drink for 2200 yen so basically $22. I went last weekend and all you can drink beers can be dangerous. Combine all you can drink beers with singing and you've got a pretty wild combination.
Did you and will you return to working at Barnes and Noble?
Describe Japanese beers please. Which ones are your favorites?
Which ones suck? Which are the most popular?
Also, I know American celebrities sometimes do TV commercials overseas.
Have you seen any that stand out as either silly or just plain stupid?
whens the last time you really enjoyed a peanut butter and jelly sandwich?
July 21- Soundgarden- Bill Graham Civic Auditorium
July 30- Rage Against the Machine/Muse- LA Coliseum
Oct 21- Portishead- Berkeley Greek
Nov 18- Pixies- Fox Theater Bakersfield
I usually just go for a Sapporo or an Asahi but when you're our drinking in Japan you really don't get a choice. You drink what they have available at the bar. It's not like in North America where they give you a choice. Most of the time I don't even know what kind of beer I'm drinking. You just say Nama Beeru and you get a draft beer.
I have only tasted one that was terrible and it was a Kirin Ginger beer. It was terrible and I didn't even finish it. They have also made a 0.00% beer here and claimed it tasted like regular beer. It doesn't. It tastes like non alchoholic beer. Not so good.
I've seen Brad Pitt, Beyonce and a bunch of other celebrities shilling stuff here. Most of the ads are pretty normal. The best one I've seen though it Tommy Lee Jones in a Boss coffee ad. He is a miner and the cave blasts shut so he uses his powers and the power of Boss Coffee to free himself and the miners. Here are pretty much all the commercials: http://www.japanprobe.com/?p=2770
They apparently think he is an alien in this country.
how often to you eat at the すしや? isnt it much more expensive to eat it regularly in japan than it is in the us/canada? and isnt it much different tasting there?
and have you seen this wonderful video that is of course absolutely true in every sense?
Years attended: ...'08...'09...'10...'11...'12...'13!!
Yea, that's Japan.
Sushi is more expensive if you go to a traditional place like that. You order from the chef and your expected to follow special rules. I don't often go to those places because they are so expensive. I usually go to a conveyor belt sushi place that is super delicious. The Sushi is much better here than what I've tasted in North America. That said I've tasted a bunch of fish I probably wouldn't have had in Canada but I always go back to my favorite the Octopus.
please take us on a journey through your musical past. What kind of phases did you go through?