Listening to:Alanis Morissette - You Learn (Acoustic)
I thought I'd tell an amusing anecdote from the Nosaka workcamp.
Like the Toyota workcamp, I ended up speaking in a pseudo-English accent for the majority of the time. I don't pretend to understand where the accent comes from, just know that it came naturally and wasn't deliberate. But I found out one way to get my natural speech back... Some drinks and some pressure.
Our group was supposed to go join an English conversation club at 7 o'clock. The problems started when we miscalculated the amount of time it would take to make and eat dinner. So we ended up only having 30 minutes to eat, before we had to quickly bike to the community centre 5 minutes away from our lodgings. That wouldn't have been such a problem if a local person had not given us an extremely expensive bottle of sake. A small but persistent group was able to convince the rest of us to open and drink the sake with dinner. The problem with good sake (or at least at that particular time) is that it goes down really easily. Before I had realized I had finished my own glass and those of the Europeans who discovered that sake was not for them. We quickly rushed out of our house to get to the community centre on time. Let's review the story thus far, our intrepid hero has drunk 3 glasses of Sake in about 30 minutes, and is about to converse with some local old people. The alcohol decided to kick in just after I had arrived. As my face reddened, I tried hard to hide my slight tipsiness. The other workcampers quickly caught on to my state of drunkenness, and helpfully reminded me to give a good speech as I was the only native English speaker in the group. The meeting started with everyone getting in a circle to introduce themselves in English. Unfortunately I had unwittingly positioned myself in such a way that I'd speak last. As I sat and listened to others introduce themselves, I was carefully crafting words so I wouldn't say something stupid and appear drunk. When I finally stood up to speak I was able to give a nice few words on the importance of not being too self conscience, and to just try to speak (appropriate, no?). What caught me completely offguard was the voice in which I gave my little speech. It was slightly higher than usual and came out without accent. As I was talking I couldn't help thinking that I sounded just like Alexis Denisof. No one else seemed to have noticed, but it was definitely different. So that's my (in hindsight) stupid little story from Nosaka workcamp.
For those of you wondering, there was a lot of non-alcoholic beverages to drink at the meeting so I was able to sober up quite quickly. All in all a fun time was had by all.