Osaka dai gaku Reflections – Farewell party
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July 30th, 2008 – by: skitzcw
Wednesday was my second to last day, but instead of finishing documentation for code or troubleshooting the features added to the system, I wound up playing ping pong for two hours with Kadir. I had hung out with this Turkish fellow the night before; chatting about hobbies and career paths. His work ethic is through the roof and he has a very ambitious schedule of personal goals.
Anyway, ping pong was a lot of fun. The dried sweat stains (that we tried to hide during our farewell party) were an indication of the ping pong intensity. The edges of the wet areas from the sweat left a white salt residue when dried, which just looked straight-up unsanitary. Although this situation often occurs from my backpacking daytrips to Minoh or Kyoto, it’s usually in front of Japanese strangers that already give me funny looks by default.
The farewell party, like the welcome party, started at the same bar/restaurant with the same all-you-can-drink menu. Liters upon liters of beer were poured into the bottomless pit that is my stomach. After one bar kicked us out, we migrated to another. Drinking ensued with the same level of interest. Native Japanese speakers spoke in broken English and slurred Japanese, while English speakers spoke in slurred English and slang Japanese. It’s fun to randomly say “majide?” or “oo-so!” in response to anything they said. Beer advanced to sake, which advanced to shoju. Although I didn’t remember much from the night, it was still a memorable night.
Thank you all for reinforcing my positive opinions of Japan. Let’s grab some drinks when I come back to Osaka . Good luck and all the best.
~See Lemons Grateful
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