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12:16 pm: A matter of taste
I got a first look at the planned script for the skit my class is doing for the festival. They want me to play myself...except speaking really bad Japanese. Literally, the stage directions read "speaks haltingly with a strong accent."

They had me practice a little to make sure I could do it. It's kinda hard, but somehow I managed. (I felt like a character on Conan.)

To follow up on my previous discussion of Japanese taste preferences, one of my classes talked about likes and dislikes. The teacher announced to me that most Japanese people dislike pumpkin pie.

Me: Really? O_O (I've served pumpkin pie before, and the students who ate it always gobbled it up quickly.)

Teacher: Yes. Most people love pumpkins (that is, Japanese pumpkins, which resemble acorn squash). But pumpkin pie has cinnamon and other spices in it.

Me: Um...yeah. That's what makes it GOOD.

Teacher: Many people don't like it.

To prove her point, she asked the students to raise their hands if they liked/disliked pumpkin pie. Only one student responded in each category, though, so the results are inconclusive.

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Date:September 15th, 2006 06:29 am (UTC)
You could always put on a fake accent, it'll slow you down. My brother used to entertain all his friends by adding a fake, heavy, Texan drawl to his Chinese.
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Date:September 15th, 2006 06:58 pm (UTC)
Hmmm... Your students are very discrete. What do you do when you don't want to get on the wrong side of either teacher with a difference of opinion? Just don't answer. They are very clever and quick thinkers.
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Date:September 15th, 2006 07:02 pm (UTC)

We met at Comiket in the summer and exchanged LJ names. I really enjoyed taking with you at dinner in Ikebukuro and since I finally found (in the mess that is unpacking) your address I thought I would friend you. I hope you are still okay with that. :)
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Date:September 15th, 2006 08:50 pm (UTC)
I hope you are still okay with that.

Of course! I'll friend you right back.
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Date:September 15th, 2006 10:09 pm (UTC)
This is hilarious!

And the pumpkin pie...um...YEAH. That is what makes it good. Cinnamon and cloves and GINGER. Mmmmmmm.
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