met another Gaijin
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Baka! I don't search them out. But, again I am asked for help by another Gaijin. That's cool. I must look like I know the place. This guy, turns out, needed no help....just a drinking buddy. Andy, from Canada. He speaks Japanese very well. He knows Tokyo Japanese, best. Once he gets to drinking he loves to have his fun. Loves to speak Japanese, too. Sugoi, ne? I am jealous. He's had a lot of practice, though. Japanese wife, went to University for Japanese language and history, and has been coming to Japan on and off for the last 14 years. But, he says he is not fluent. Damn! That sucks. I want to be fluent in another language. But, 14 years is a lot of work to not achieve a goal.
I'm struggling with Hiragana now. Maybe, by the end of the trip I will know Hiragana and Katakana. But, I do not think I will spend time trying to learn Kanji. I once thought that being illiterate would not be that bad. But, without the written language there is just too much memorization. I must learn to read, so that I can continue with my vocab.
I'm having to think back now. These first few entries will be about things that happened earlier in the week. Some of these thoughts will be quite random.
So, the first Monday I am in Kyoto I meet this British guy. he is dragging all of his luggage with him. Asks me if I speak English and if I can spare some money. He's just been kicked out of his apartment. He needs about $200 for the plane ticket home. Its raining. So, I take him to an izaka-ya and we get drunk. Yuki meets us there, after she gets off work. As you know, beer in JApan is not cheap. I spend about $100 on drinks for the 3 of us. Then, I ditch him. I was telling him over and over that I'm not helping him out much...that I'm just soothing the pain of sleeping on the street. Poor bastard. Oh well... I think he was happy with what I did give him.
So, this morning we went to Kiyomizu Temple. Great place! Away from the city, which is what I want. Japan, Nature, Temples and Shrines. Good day. Good thing we got there early. So many people showed up after we had been there for awhile. They just kept coming...bus loads. I'm told it is breath-taking at night and/or during the changing leaves. Maybe I'll make it back there for some of that.
Also had a quick walk through the Yasaka-Jinja shrine near Gion. I didn't spend as much time there. I have been through it before...maybe a year ago.
After that we had "Viking" Chinese....buffet, as I know it. Takai! demo, oishi! damn, I love Gyoza. That was in the Hankyu department store.
Then, went to Nishiki market. Saw some crazy stuff, but nothing compared to the market in Okinawa. Maybe its the changing of the times. Here most of the fish was plastic wrapped. In Okinawa, a couple years ago, they had raw fish and all sorts of things just sitting out. The smell is horrendous. (did I spell that correctly? Don't judge me!)
Started to rain just as we got back to Kyoto Station. Good timing. Its dinner time now. Pasta in the apartment. Relax, and study some Hiragana.