I live in Tokyo now but most of my friends and family do not. The main idea here is that I can tell these people about interesting things that happen and are seen.

Thursday, August 03, 2006

Disproportionate Pride in Minor Achievements

Well shucks but I've been getting a swolled-up head over some extremely basic things since I got here about a day and a half ago. It is a thing about travelling that, since in many ways you are reduced to the status of a toddler, you can feel a toddler's triumph in minor tasks such as being able to read a street sign or knowing what the next train station stop is going to be.

For example, I caught a taxi cab down to the ward office to apply for my Alien Registration Card, since I am effectively a non-person until I get one. At first dude didn't understand me, and terrified me by grinning and waving three fingers at my face as if to say "Had I but a trident, assuredly would I stab thee". My instinct was to release a jet of ink and flee. Unfortunately, in a Japanese cab the passenger door is controlled by a lever next to the driver. In a Japanese cab, you are always at the mercy of the driver - I'm pretty sure they carry blades to deal with deadbeats. I mean why else would they have so much anti-macassars on all the upholstery.

Anyway, I used the courage in my heart to try again - and again! Ultimately it turned out I was mangling my "O" sounds I think. I was able to correct this using a system where I imagine Mako's face looking at me and then I imagine that I am wearing Mako's face over my face, and then I say the Japanese words again. IT MAKES MY PRONUNCIATION GO REAL GOOD.

Smiling is another of the many uses for Mako's face.


Blogger etnobofin said...

Muzza, you win the 2006 Prize for The First Correct Use of the Noun "Anti-Maccassar" In A Blog Post.

Sounds like you're hangin' tough. French architecture is getting medieaval on me and I'm rather enjoying it.


Thu Aug 10, 03:06:00 PM PDT

Blogger Murray said...

dude well i don't fuck around when it comes to a noun, i thought you knew that about me

hey cheese is there a way to get blogger to tell you when a comment is posted on your blog

i am vain enough to want to know this

Fri Aug 11, 04:07:00 AM PDT


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