I am convinced that Japanese only exists so as to make a fool of anyone who is stupid enough to attempt to learn it. This theory would certainly offer an explanation as to why the words for ‘the day before yesterday’ (ototoi) and ‘the year before last’ (ototoshi) are so bleeding similar. Whilst there have been many instances when I have informed people what I had for breakfast last year, and how I took a day-trip to France two days ago, today it was the turn of one of my classmates to fall foul of this linguistic trap, informing us all that she had attended her sister’s wedding on Wednesday just gone. This brought a laugh from most of the class, but given the specific instructions that we received at the start of our language course (namely that missing school for our sister’s wedding would be met with severe repercussions), I imagine that the headmaster will be checking this week’s register.
Tomorrow morning I am climbing Mt.Fuji, however I am doing things a little differently than the standard climb from one of the specified base stations. Namely I am starting at the sea, meaning that I have to climb approximately 48km in the horizontal and 3.75km in the vertical direction, and am attempting to do so in under 24 hours. Still it’s all for charity (Oxfam), so what price not being able to walk for a week or two. Ben and Linden are also participating in the challenge, and as there is a 6am start we caught the Shinkansen to Yoshiwara, where we stayed in a Japanese style (i.e. Tatami room) business hotel. I hope that the man in the local restaurant, who we got talking to over dinner, was merely being polite when he said that what we were attempting was impossible. At any rate he seemed pretty impressed, far more impressed than one of our fellow hotel guests, whose slippers I ‘accidentally borrowed’ whilst he was in the loo.