日本にあるBEIAARD!

11/11/11 – 11:11

BWAHAHAHA at the time and date of this post. Made the most epic wish ever and it better come true so help me jebus. Well anyway, not too much content in this post, but we’ll go for it anyway.

So Wednesday was the much awaited Itami Carillon performance and truth be told, I was less nervous than I was previously expecting when I got up into the playing chamber. The words “playing chamber” make it sound really high-tech and awesome but really it’s just a box at the top of a tower, hurr hurr.

The Itami carillon is located directly in front of JR Itami Station and smack in the middle of an commercial and housing district. Across the way was an AEON mall which was brilliant because I love malls because they remind me of home. Herp derp @ my suburban upbringing.

Because I was early, I ate lunch there and shopped around a bit for some Engrish jackets because it’s been getting a little chilly lately. Next week it’s supposed to be near freezing. Bring it on, winter.

But back to the carillon. The bells haven’t been played in a few months so they were hard to adjust and Norisada-san [the teacher from the Osaka Music Conservatory who arranged the whole thing] said that the surrounding neighborhood complained about the noise a while back so they had to reduce the carillon performances to once… a year. That’s both a vast difference from Century Tower, which plays twice every school-day, and a crying shame. Norisada-san attributed it to cultural differences. My carilloneur heart weeps.

Norisada-san said that it was good to have carillon friends visit because she doesn’t have any in Japan because there are only three carillons in the entire nation. And that sort of made me sad. But Norisada-san keeps in touch via the WCF [World Carillon Federation] newsletter. I was actually in a picture on the front page for a world conference that I attended this past summer and that made me lawls real hard.

The concert went fine and I was greeted at the bottom by a crowd of adoring おばあちゃんs. A lot of them complimented my rendition of 「春の海」 and that was cool.  All in all I had a really nice time until I had to go back to campus for afternoon classes. Bummer.

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In other news:

– My 親不知 have been growing in and they hurt like a bitch. I really don’t want to go to the dentist in Japan because I’m not on the national insurance and it would probably cost a fair amount. Also, I hear that they stretch out even simple cleanings from one appointment to three or four. That and they are not a fan of anesthesia, I hear, which makes me shudder to think about an unanesthetized wisdom tooth extraction. x_x [This is all hearsay, btw, so don’t quote me on that]

Also, on the word 親知らず [oyashirazu] (n.) wisdom teeth – the word literally means something like “without parents knowing.” I’m not sure how they mean, but my 親 better remain 知らず otherwise I think they’ll make me go to the dentist :/

– Another interesting language tidbit. There’s this really old Japanese saying that basically says: “Some women are like Christmas cakes.” It’s inherently sexist and usually said in jest like other American conversations involving women and sandwiches, but the Japanese equivalent likens the woman in question to a cake. Aka, you don’t really want them after 25. [*bah-dum-tss* ._.]I guess it’s encouraging women to not put off marriage, which is actually a worrying trend in modern Japanese society, apparently.

This may be just a filler post. I’m going to Hiei-zan for a class field trip on Saturday and Uji with Mai and Sena on Sunday. I PROMISE MORE EXCITING THINGS WILL OCCUR.

Here’s some Engrish to tide you over T.T:

Also, this was cute:

Something vaguely reminds me of Olive Garden here. I don’t know.

[Note: The featured song is not me playing, but another guy playing Haru no Umi. I’ll get my recording up there…. eventually]

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