We all woke up fairly early to travel to the Technos college to peek in on a few classes. Most of the student Technos visitors decided to walk to the college (about 35 min). It was a great decision because the sun was finally out to stay and the weather was nice and warm! The classes provided were calligraphy, voice-over dubbing, mass media discourse, English conversation, and sweets making. I participated in the mass media discourse class- it was insightful because the professor worked as the head honcho at his previous job- now he is 80 and teaching and Technos. He talked about his time in WWII and the influences on the news paper. I learned that media turns to baseball players to endorse their products. A chocolate company is trying to sell more chocolate by showing all of its benefits. And, that there is an article in the paper called titled 9 that discusses the topic of war- after WWII, Japan’s military was stripped, and now they only have a police department. The article mostly discusses anti-war. Fir the class assignment, the professor assigned a news paper section to the students and they have to write a four page essay discussing the media within the next month. The interpreter at this lecture was very helpful, he answered all of my questions. He talked about how he write books about translation and how his friend translated the Harry Potter books to Japanese!
Next, we had lunch. I tried a food that was like mashed up beans- I really enjoyed it. Along with miso soup, seaweed salad, and rice.
After lunch, we went to our next classes. The first class was English conversation- we played charades and talked about illnesses. The students did a good job- I hope that the stick with learning a different language.
Then, I moved onto a sweets making class. They first served hard seaweed, 3 types of fish- sardines and… along with broths. I could not come to eat the sardine/brith (because a head was popping out) BUT I enjoyed the rest. For desert I tried a pancake with red-bean paste- it was very tasty- I can’t believe that I actually ate a sweet.
After the classes, we were free to roam. Many students wanted to go back to the hotel but I wanted to adventure. I walked back to the hotel and took the train the Shinjuku.
I was already nervous enough to be out on my own, but many people said it was easy. But I got lost a few times. I kept skipping my stops to change to an express-train. Luckily, I found a woman (only speaks Japanese… and I only spoke English… language is so important- I wish I studied more!!). She told her grandson to get off at their stop, then she stayed with me until to next stop so she could see me off to where I needed to be. My heart was filled with so much love, compassion, and appreciation for this woman. She was so kind/generous and patient.
I still asked several people if I was going the right way. Not being able to read what was going on can cause lots of stress. Before you knew it, I was in Shinjuku!! Yay! I found the statue of Godzilla, then I was ready to go back to Fuchu (where the hotel is). All that stress wore me out!
I get back to Fuchu, take the scenic route back to the hotel. I look out the 10th floor balcony and you could almost see everything. The city skyline was really neat! Then, me, Matt, and Liam ventured off to a shrine (when we got there it was closed but the outside was pretty!) I love how many shrines they have in every city. It was a lovely walk down there because we saw so many buildings that helped me get a better picture of what life is like I’m Fuchu.
We decided to get food from the grocery store for dinner- I bought apples, watermelon, and edamame (I thought they were snap peas- I’ve learned lots today). Other friends bought Coke mintos and Taco Doritos!- I’m going to check if that’s there in the US. Then, I returned to the hotel to watch FIFA – Colombia vs Japan!!
I am glad that I got the opportunity to explore Tokyo on my own for a minute! I have never been so far away, all by myself, in ages! It was all a learning experiences! I got to see more of Tokyo and I loved it! I love Japan. 🇯🇵