I'm here! I'm alive! I'm as hot as hell!!
But yeah, I'm here and finally settled down in Japan. Classes have started, took our language placement tests today and will be sorted into class groups a little later. (I forgot the kanji for benri . . . .)
AKP (that's Associated Kyoto Program to you) is very cool, they hold your hand through everything, like Alien Registration and National Health Insurance. We also get lunch money! And I'm also enjoying my time with the other students, they're all cool. Although I am the only big One Piece fan and I think I'm the biggest anime fan period. I watched it on Sunday, nearly had a cow when they left out Paulie's emotional scene with Luffy. WTF!?
In sadder news since I live in Kyoto and my host family doesn't have cable, I can't watch Bleach or Naruto. crying buckets of tears Damn Telebi Tokyo!
My host family is uber nice, but I'm still not used to living with them. Right now I honestly would rather be back in my dorm. But it's only the first week, I'll adapt eventually. I just kinda wish my host mom would stop smiling 24/7 . . . . .
No, I haven't been to Book-Off for manga yet. If I went right now my wallet would disappear in a puff of smoke. I WILL go shopping today though cause I need a new school bag and my keitai (cell phone) needs an ornament. And yes, Japanese cell phones are vastly superior to American ones. Go AU and your 50% student discount!
Food, of course, is awesome. Our college cafeteria offers Gyoza Ramen, which I have been devouring like a madwoman. My host mom is also a very good cook. (somen! Yummy!) Definitely don't miss the college food.
I'm enrolled right now in Go and Japanese Cinema. In Cinema we watched an old, apparently famous silent movie called A Page of Madness. I fell asleep for about ten minutes of it. In Go we just started playing our first real 9x9 games. I'm not as bad as I thought I was, but I still stink.
And while here I have discovered an intersting little tidbit about myself: My favorite characters from the Big 3 Shonen Series, Naruto, Bleach, and One Piece, all have a name ending in "ji". Namely Neji, Renji, and Sanji. Weird, huh?
So yeah, I'll try to come back and post when I can. I'm on campus computers now, must find a nearby net cafe so that I can use the wireless on my laptop.