Saturday 22nd January

A parcel from Amazon arrived for me this morning, which is both good and bad news. Good news because I am finally confident that things can be shipped to my address and actually arrive here; bad news because I now know where the majority of my income is going to go. However, the amount of money that I intend to spend on the world’s greatest website™ will be vastly reduced if I can work out how to operate the Japanese site, as at the moment I am paying to have things shipped over from the UK distribution centre, which is just bleeding stupid. Not to mention time consuming and expensive!

Here I am looking like a million dollars, or half a million yen to be precise.

This afternoon I attended a Kimono event that had been specially arranged by the wonderfully named ‘Friendship Chiyoda’,  a group whose aim it is to help Gaijin feel more integrated into Japanese society. At this event we were given a fashion show and lecture (Japanese and English), and were then dressed in a traditional Japanese Kimono, and had our pictures professionally taken; all for the princely sum of ¥500 (less than a fiver!). It was also a great opportunity to practice my Japanese, as amazingly I was the only English person at the entire event, my proudest moment being when I successfully managed to ask for directions to the toilets without being sent towards the local temple. I did feel rather spoilt, as many of the ladies kept fussing over me and telling me that I looked like a real Samurai. All this flattery meant that I was resolved to buy a male Kimono, or at least I did until I was informed of the price: the one I was wearing coming in at a staggering ¥500,000 (~£3,700). However, I then found out that they can be got for a lot less than this second hand, providing that you are willing to source them out; and so the hunt begins…

 

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About truehamlet

Sam is a senior lecturer in Science Communication, who researches the different ways in which media such as poetry and film can be used to communicate science to new audiences.
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