I was reading an article that kind of tickled me because I watched a movie recently that showed what this was like. Basically the Chinese government has been cracking down of extreme and extravagant weddings in the country. They’ve done this because they pose a risk to the bride and groom as hazing had become more extreme along with the weddings. There has also been an increase in bride costs with the husband’s families in one region having to pay almost 10x their yearly wage.
It’s been a great semester with a few up and downs, but with the help of the Japanese students in the club she the at higher levels I’ve been able to stay afloat. The last time I went was nice because I got some final review and speaking practice in before dead week and the tests. Can’t wait to be back next semester.
A US/Saudi Arabian journalist Jamal Khashoggi was last seen entering a Saudi Arabian consulate in Turkey. There had been some mystery around his disappearance until Saudi Arabia admitted that he was killed and dismembered by “rogue agents” while there. He was a journalist who on many occasions was a critical of the Saudi crown prince.
Globally people are looking at how America is going to respond to that situation seeing as we are largely dependant on them and other countries in that region for their oil.
Within the last year many things have happened that have had an impact on the global political climate. One of the most outstanding of these events was the meeting between the South Korea president and the dictator of North Korea. This meeting was long awaited and was the first step in repairing relations between the two countries and showed Korean solidarity and peace on the peninsula.
Well me and a friend were about halfway into our first semester of Japanese when we decided to see what the club was all about. Later that Tuesday we went over to the room at the specified time and no one was there. We waited around about an extra 10 minutes and were like hey maybe they went back to the original room it was held in. We went there and still couldn’t find them so we decided to just practice there. The next day we learned that they had had the club meeting it just happened to be a bit later than usual. The next time I went everyone was there and it was fun as it is any other time I’ve gone now.
I like going to club because it’s a place I get to practice my speech with people who can let me know what I might be getting mixed up or where I could change things to sound more natural and that’s exactly what happens. It’s also nice because you get homework help which is so great because the book doesn’t have many references to go off of so instead of struggling alone you have not only classmates but native speakers there to help you.
Now this was something I had been looking forward to since our teacher brought it up in class. There were a great deal of things there. I was sad I didn’t get to taste Miura sensei’s cheesecake, but I did get to try some brownies and a cookie type thing that was pretty good. I also picked up more than a couple books. One was a horror series and I can’t wait until I know enough to be able to read and enjoy it. They also gave me a book full of I’m guessing traditional Japanese stories so that will be a fun read.
I had a nice time at the “round table” listening to the stories of the trips that senior fellows had taken and the different hardships and joys that had while abroad in their various places. Some talked about essentials like cash when you’re out there but not too much. While others shared stories about how they connected with the family they were staying with and how their kindness stuck with them when they came back.
This was a fun little even I attended. There were many foreign students who attended and it was nice getting to talk to them and practice what little Japanese I knew at the time. They told us about what it was like there and how things were for them coming to school here. They also said one of the teachers here was especially “cute” in how he spoke. We played a few games which my team lost because I couldn’t understand or repeat what was being said but it was fun none the less.
The tea ceremony was a fun experience. I got to drink some traditional machta tea as well as see how one of the ceremonies was conducted. I remember the first time I had learned about the tea ceremony was in third grade when my school had a culture week and one of the day s was dedicated to Japan.