I am pretty certain that, as far as learning new Japanese vocabulary is concerned, my brain has reached saturation point. As my brain also seems to have a very strange way of assigning importance to words that I have already learnt, I find myself in the possession of a rather bizarre vocabulary. For example I could tell you that the pecking order of a Japanese advertising agency is an example of social hierarchy in practice, but I have difficultly in remembering the parts of the body. Thankfully I haven’t needed to visit a doctor since I have been in Japan, as unless I was suffering from a severe bout of social class syndrome I would be in a bit of a pickle.
Two days in, and my new air-conditioning unit is still working like a dream. I actually found myself in a position today of getting a little chilly, and so had to turn it off whilst I warmed myself up; such a luxury was almost unthinkable of a mere 72 hours ago. I also think I know what may have caused my old unit to die so dramatically. Because of the power shortages expected in Tokyo this summer, there is a government drive to have all air-conditioning units operating at a minimum of 28°C, however I only found this out the other day, and in my ignorance I had been attempting to cool my room to a planet-destroying 16°C! No wonder the thing came so close to exploding!