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Random, Weird, and 100% 石黒光司
I Welcome Myself to the Digital Age 
Thursday July 7th, 2005 21:40
Ohta Kouzou
I am alive and well in the Land of the Rising Sun. I haven't done anything of much significance since I got here on American Independence Day. The plane ride over was rather uneventful. I forgot my summer reading books at home, (NTS: Don't go out Canada Day drinking with friends when you need to finish packing the next day) so I ended up reading The Economist cover to cover on the plane. I've finally reached a point in my life where I can read The Economist and make important connections with prior knowledge. As I made my way to my relative's place, I felt that the luster/mystique of Japan had worn off. The wave of nostalgia I usually feel on the train, was replaced with contemplation about the relative closedness of Japanese society. For the first time in my life explicitly realized and acknowledged the homogeneousness of Japan. I literally count the number of non-Asian faces I see each day. At the same time I realize that the Japanese faces I see on the streets are different than the Chinese/Korean faces I see in Hamilton. It feels weird looking Japanese and being able to speak Japanese, but feeling different...

I've basically gotten my shopping done over the last couple of days. My ER collection has grown by 2 more seasons (up to Season IX), and my Japanese CD collection also grew a bit. More significantly, as I alluded to in the title of this post, I bought my first digital camera. So for those of you waiting for me to develop pictures of two guys making out, can be comforted in knowing NEXT TIME those pictures will available more quickly. It's a super sweet camera, chockful of Japanese technological goodness. This little development also means I can post pictures of my travels as they happen. On a somewhat related note, I want to say I love Japanese electronics stores. They're just so BIG and well stocked. I never would've been able to do the kind of exhaustive comparison shopping at Future Shop. I leave for Osaka next Tuesday, and end up at my workcamp in Toyota on Friday. I won't have computer access during that time until I return on the 24th. I'll try to update this thing one more time before I leave next Tuesday.

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Comments 
Friday July 8th, 2005 7:57 (UTC) - welcome to Japan!
Anonymous
I regret that you will not able to come to Tokushima.I've looked forward to seeing you again.But it's OK.Don't worry about that.

By the way,I went to Kyoto.And there,I bought a present for you.
So I want to send it.
please tell me your staying address in Japan.

I won't see you regretfully.In 4-14 July I am in Tokushima.
In 7-14 August I will be in Indonesia.If my plan change,I will tell you.

I hope your stay and the work camp will be great!!
Have a good time!

Miharu
Saturday July 9th, 2005 1:24 (UTC) - Boooooooo
Anonymous
Begin Emily's Mini-Rant

Digital cameras suck. Everyone should still be using pencils and a sketchpad...

End Emily's Mini Rant
Sunday July 10th, 2005 0:46 (UTC) - Re: Boooooooo
Said the painter...
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