Today in school we learnt all about another wonderful Japanese expression: ‘I can never have enough stomachs to deal with this stress’. Yet again my Asian classmates failed to understand my difficulties in grasping such a simple concept. The sign of my raised hand having rapidly become a signal for collective sighs and exasperations.
This afternoon my fellow scholars and I had an appointment at a high school in Western Tokyo. As well as giving an introduction to ourselves, we were tasked with explaining the British education system and the importance of International Exchange. Where I could I tried my best to answer in Japanese, but when someone asked my to explain my thesis I had a job in doing it in English! Full marks for intellect go to the student who, when prompted by her teacher to ask a question about International Relations, asked ‘What is your impression of International Relations?’ Needless to say I didn’t have enough stomachs to cope with the stress that this entailed.