I'm studying like crazy for the Japanese Language Proficiency Test on December 6th. The kids also have tests tomorrow and Friday so it will be quiet and I can do some more studying.
The girls didn't win the regional speech contest - I'm told the "level is high" there - but since I didn't witness their defeat I'm not too upset.
I wanted to do something exotic with my last three persimmons, so I combined them with chunks of beef, carrot, soy sauce, mirin and a little ginger, and put it on rice. The texture was a little odd because the fruit was so soft and ripe, but the flavor was perfect. If I ever have persimmons again I'll try it sooner while they're still firm.
Last night we visited a local English conversation class for adults. There were only four students, but it was nice to talk to people older than me.
Here's an odd news story about squid postcards.
I love this one about Japan's first female professional baseball player - sixteen years old and cute as a button.
Mama sent me this article about Japan's new generation of "slacker" or "so-so" workers - well, it's up to one's own definition as to whether their lives are better or worse than those of their parents and grandparents. And more than one's own, being as wishy-washy as I am every time I consider that sort of situation and my own I change my mind. "But one's career is more important than a fling - but love is more fulfilling than work" - and so on. Emotional dilemma aside, what it really made me think of is this song by Kanjani8 entitled "Irresponsible Hero." It's the same theme - the set even has a lot in common with my workplace - the enormous daruma doll, the framed certificates and proverbs in ornate kanji, and the stuffed birds (the principal's office has a few). Snacks in one's desk drawers, badly worn suits, misuse of spinny chairs - though it's a bit funner in front of a camera. Lyrics along the lines of: "Your life is whose object?" "Things will happen one way or another." and "I'll do my best - starting tomorrow."
It's perfect to be the theme song of the "Slacker Nation."