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07:58 am: And what is YOUR dream, my dear?
Last Wednesday I was on the panel to interview the students applying for the two-week homestay program in Australia this winter. (As far as I can tell, the interview is merely a formality, since I was informed that all of the students who applied can go.) My job consisted of asking the students questions in English, things like "Why do you want to go to Australia?" and "What can you teach your host family about Japan?" and "What is your dream?"

The students who applied ranged from first year students to repeat-customer third year students (who went on the program two years ago). Many of the poor first-years were terrified. A couple couldn't even manage to get out "once more?" or "I don't understand" in English. By the time it got to the more experienced second-years and third-years, though, they were answering in complete paragraphs. The Japanese interviewers were bemused by a couple of the school's immigrant applicants, who could answer the English interview questions just fine but had problems with the vocabulary in the Japanese part of the interview.

In the fall, I'll be participating in after-school workshops to give the participating students a crash course in survival English.

After work ended on Thursday, I headed off to Chiba to visit wednesday_10_00 and sara_tanaquil. We went to Tokyo Disneyland bright and early Friday morning and made the rounds of many of the more popular rides, returning home after the light parade at the end of the day. On Saturday we watched DVDs most of the morning, taking a break for takoyaki at lunch (discovering it's quite good with yakisoba and curry as fillings). We went out for three hours of karaoke in the evening, though we were saddened to discover when we stopped at a game center that the most recent version of the taiko game apparently no longer has the Odoru Daisousasen theme song available.

Sunday we caught up on sleep. We had intended to go to an event in Asakusa, but we found that it had been cancelled, so we went shopping in Ikebukuro instead. I took the last possible shinkansen home, arriving back at my apartment at about midnight.

sara_tanaquil will be staying a couple more days in Chiba (giving me a chance to clean more of my apartment). She should get to Moriyama late Tuesday night.


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Date:May 29th, 2006 03:07 am (UTC)
I hope you were able to replace the evil bad video I shot of the fairy float last year.

Luckily, wednesday_10_00 was able to film the whole parade with her videocamera.

Incidentally, the Pete & Elliot float prompted much dredging of memories as we tried to remember the words to all the songs so we could apply them to a certain pirate series.

I mean, really...


It's not easy to find someone who cares
It's not easy to find magic in pairs

Now that you have him, hold him
Treasure him from day to day.
It's so easy.


It's a Brazzle Dazzle day,
So throw off the past and everything in it,
That's the Brazzle Dazzle way,
Enjoying your time, from minute to minute,
Running through the sand without your shoes on (shoes on),
Making sure that you don't keep your blues on,
Finding a boat we can cruise on


You can't have him
You don't love him
All you've done up to now is break his heart
You'll abuse him
And just use him
Look out, or I'll take you apart


I'll be your candle on the water
This flame inside of me will grow
Keep holding on you'll make it
Here's my hand so take it
Look for me reaching out to show
As sure as rivers flow
I'll never let you go


...Can you really blame us?

Are you going to go to Communication Game on June 11 or will it not be as much fun without friends along?

I'm still hoping to go, though you're right that it certainly won't be as fun alone. ;_;
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Date:May 29th, 2006 04:56 am (UTC)
*shock* ...It's "brazzle dazzle," not "razzle dazzle"?? Dammit, I hate it when I like my fake lyrics better than the real ones.

And we're totally going to have to do the Pete's Dragon/Flesh & Blood experiment. If only there was a F&B anime so we could make music videos.

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