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September 04, 2006

Sorry! I have been busy...

I cannot believe that it has been so long since I wrote something. It is not for a lack of things to write about. I have been to Hayama a few times more (once for the 10th anniversary party on the 26th and again for the last day of the season on August 31st) - there are some pictures down below. And not to mention the Sado Island trip on the 19th that will probably never be written about. Oops. That was good fun.

I have been super busy. Now that I am not working, I had to go around to a bunch of different offices so the government and other similar agencies know what I am up to. That took two days, but I managed to do it all myself despite my limited Japanese language ability. In that sense I am proud of myself. Well, we will see if I did it right or not.

And I am still taking Japanese language classes everyday. It is really tough right now and I feel like I am regressing...too much grammar and not enough practice. I am in one of those spots where I feel like I am not making progress no matter how much I study. Arrgghh, not much to do but keep my head down and grind it out.

My big challenge now is to find a new apartment. I am hoping to find something in Shirogane or Azabu Juban, but eight trips to Hayama in August has me thinking a move to that area could be a good idea. It is tempting...I love the beach lifestyle. But a 90 minute commute into Tokyo everyday is less appealing and I will have to start working again at some point. In any case, I have to be moved by the end of October, which does not give me too much time.

Anyway, enough of the small talk. Here are the last pictures of the summer from Hayama. Well, assuming I do not go down next week. Heh heh.

Hayama - August 26th
The weather was not so nice in Tokyo, so a few people decided it was not worth the trip down. As you can see, it was beautiful on the beach. Since a lot of time has passed, I will not go into too much detail. Altogether, there were 10-15 of us down there.

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I think Yoko invited about half of them. Glenn came down with his lovely daughter Alex and we had a few walks down the beach - that was cool. My former assistant Ikuko also came, which is a surprise...she does not seem to be much of a beach person, but maybe I will change her by next summer. Then again, she got stung by a jellyfish, so she might never want to go back.

This is me, drinking my beer. See how tan I am. Very cool.

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Hayama - August 31
What an awesome time. I went down with Laura...our second trip down to the beach this summer. No swimming becaise of the jellyfish problem of the previous week, but we hung out on the beach for awhile before heading up to the Blue Moon for some well-deserved drinks.

It was really an eventful day. There was an earthquake (!)...much less scary on the beach with a beer in your hand until I remembered they sometimes cause tsunamis. More importantly, it was the last day of the season for the bars and beach houses. And the lifeguards. You can see them here talking to the staff at the Blue Moon. They went to all the bars to say sayonara.

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Back at the BLue Moon, drinks were 500 yen and it seemed to be a mostly local crowd...we left at 1015pm, but a lot of people looked to be staying on for the after party. I wish I could have stayed a bit longer.

On the left, this woman was sitting in front of the bar at one point and she was so lovely, I had to take her picture. And here is some footie on the beach. They played until it was almost dark - looked like fun. Not nearly as much fun as I was having, but better than getting your arm broken. Or being stuck in Tokyo all day because you have a job, ha ha!

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Anyway, here are some sayonara pictures as the sun set. No more Blue Moon for ten months. How will I survive?

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Posted by Kirk on September 4, 2006 11:40 PM

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