Today I succeeded in further enamoring myself to the rest of the class, by declaring my love for Hitler. Attempting to come up with an example to demonstrate extremities, I tried to express that ‘As a Christian I should forgive even Hitler.’ Unfortunately I had forgotten the verb for ‘to forgive’, and so just threw a ‘love’ in there and hoped for the best. The blank stares that met my riposte were not exactly encouraging, and I can only hope that no one assumed me to be speaking on behalf of Christianity in its entirety.
I have never had such bloody difficulty in trying to buy some stationary. As I write in a notebook every day, for ‘learning’ purposes, I like to use something that is slightly more upmarket than your bog-standard A4 pad. If I was in the UK then I could just go into ‘Paperchase’, or even ‘Smiths’, and have the whole thing sorted in a matter of minutes, however because I am in Tokyo it is a requisite that a certain amount of rigmarole becomes attached to the whole ordeal. A combination of not wanting to spend ¥4000 (~£30), my abhorrence of anything with a cutesy character logo on it, and the insistence of the cashiers that lined-notebooks do not even exist in Japan, meant that I almost gave up hope; but at the 11thhour I managed to find a something that almost satisfied my criteria. Based on this experience, I just hope that I never have need of something as ‘specialist’ as a protractor, or heaven forbid, a setsquare.