Given my performances over the last few days, I was surprised to find that it wasn’t me who was guilty of committing the biggest blunder in school this week; that particular honour went to one of the Taiwanese students, who today proudly proclaimed ‘I am Meat!’ Even now I am still not entirely sure what it is that he was trying to communicate, but needless to say it put a smile on my face for the remainder of the day, which given that I had to travel on the train carrying a 3m washing line made out of lethally sharpened metal was quite some feat!
This evening I visited the Sento, and as a special treat I even risked wearing my glasses. After I successfully managed to manoeuvre myself around the bath house in a half blind state, I slipped into the boiling hot waters and felt the stresses of the week slip away. I was so moved by the bath house’s calming effects that I even plucked up the courage to speak to the attendant, telling him that I felt good on the inside (kimochi ga ii), and that I would see him next week (mata raishuu). He smiled and nodded politely, and was even sweet enough not to complicate matters by attempting a response.