Yurie's second home, located above her father doctor practice is a small cozy little home in the country. The clinic, Strawberry Fields, named after the Beatles' song, is a popular clinic for people with back problems as Yurie;s father is an orthopedic surgeon. We pulled up and were greeted by Yurie's dogs and then I was taken for a grand tour. The clinic is pretty cute but very crowded and staffed with a bunch of high-pitched nurses, who had no idea what to say to me. Then we went up to the living quarters and the huge comfy guest room. My room had a large screen
Later, we headed to the Jardin de Monet. In the most obscure random countryside of Kochi-ken Japan some dedicated citizens built a beautiful water lily garden to resemble Monet's famous painting. It was beautiful but the rain quickly messed that up. We did some shopping and then headed for the onsen.
I'm sure the majority of you have no idea what the onsen is.
Basically, the Japanese love onsen because they are natural hot spring and very much like a spa. One cache: you are completely stark naked with a bunch of woman of all ages.
And heres the best part... as Kochi is really the middle-of-nowhere, where people like to stare at the ONE SOLE gaijin. At home in American I hate being naked so I hope you can imagine my shyness at the onsen.
When we jumped in the water i found a nice rock to hide behind. But like everything else in the country, I quickly got into the swing of things and got used to it. It may seem a little weird but onsens aren't actually bad, not that I have any intention of making the onsen a part of my daily ritual.
Yuries father met up with us afterwards and we headed to a steakhouse. It was delicious if I do say so myself. As I was eating the rice and miso soup, Yutako Hirosue yelled at me as apparently I wasn't
Hey what can I say? Im trying.
Back at the house Sae-mama showed me how to play her
koto. This fascinating instrument is used for that familiar song Sakura. Every time you go into a Japanese restaurant you probably hear it. Then we all went to bed.
Today, I woke up and played Sakura again, this time from memory. Apparently, I;m getting very very good at playing the Koto instrument, which is hilarious because i am tone-deaf. Next we hung around for a while until heading back to Kochi city. There we met the Tosajoshi principal and Yurie sucked up a little bit. Afterwards, we went to the mall to meet Yuki, Yuries little sister for lunch. For lunch, I had pizza but was forced to try the weirdest thing I have ever seen in Japan so far. Yuki ordered pasta covered in Squid ink. When you eat it it turns your mouth black. So you can imagine the table of me, Yurie, Yuki, and Sae-mama with black mouths. Kinda crazy actually. From there we went to see a movie, all in Japanese and I was
When it was over my host parents, very worried about me ordered me home as I was kind of later than anticipated. I also found out my computer was broken beyond repair.
So kind of a bad way to end a good day.
Now I'm here nervous to death because tomorrow school starts and I have to do a speech in front of 2000 classmates and teachers-in Japanese. Oh boy^===