Mittwoch, 31. August 2011

hazukashii or the truth about the shyness of Japanese people

When I came here, I thought it would be harder to find female friends than male, because if you read mangas/ watch dramas and animes, it's always the girls that are shy and don't speak a word. But yesterday, a really strange thing happened:

I was studying Japanese in the livingroom, while my hostfamily watched tv/was in the kitchen etc. Then, the door opened, and I said, like Japanese habbit "okaeri"(welcome home), because I thought a family member would come for dinner. But when I looked up, there was a face in my age I didn't know, with huge eyes starring at me. I realized that this had to be a friend of my hostbrother Riya and said wih a surprised smile "uh, conbanwa!:)" I would have expected a short reply or something, but you know what? He couldn't say a word. When I talked to him, his eyes turned even bigger and he just nodded quickly. I bed, if he could have turned red, he would have looked like a tomato!! Then he asked my Hostsister"Riya wa..?"(where is Riya). As he got the answer, he turned around in a hurry and quickly went downstairs. Seriousely, I'm just a foreigner, nothing about to act like that.
And you know what?? Five minutes afterwards, a second friend of Riya entered the room, and the whole thing happend once  again! he wore a mask and his face was swollen , so asked what happened, but my hostsister replied, because he seemed only able to nodd - surprisingly, he was able to talk with Rie (my hostsister). I Also asked them if they would eat with us (curiosity), but got only two shaking heads as reply!-.-''

My conclusion is: In truth, it's the Japanese GUYS that are shy as if they would've never had used their own language before. The Japanese girls at school are really talkative and open, so it's not to hard to get in touch with them.*yokatta, nee??^^*

Today I visited the sculpture lessons, and i DEFINITELY want to take it!!!^^<3 And my timetable is a true dream, except for math, which I've asked for. YES, you've read right, I, akuma-chan, asked for MATHLESSONS!!! In my timetable wouldn't have been maths, but I decided to take lessons, because I was afraid to forget otherwise everything we had so far (It's a wellknown truth that our brains forget to traumatic experiences, so it would be more than likely!!-.- xD) You can tell my mathteacher, I pretty sure she would be pleased that I'll suffer from tomorrow on in this year as well-.-'' but at least, i'll suffer in Japanese!x)^^

Oh, and tell my art-teacher, that I decided to take wood/copper cut as well( who doesn't know what I mean, it's the traditional japanese art-style, which was for example used by Hokusai, one of my favorite artists!^^)

Oh, and my hostfamily think that I'm a pink-fetishist (let's thik of Annika to the power of 50!!) Why? Oh, I arrived with 2 giant pink suitcases, on my t-shirt print was pink used, and I decided to wear pink house slippers!XD Well, I like pink, but it's not my favorite color!x)

Oh, and who of you watch detective conan?? Can you remember the stupid policeman that occurs in a few wpisodes? in the German version, he got the same voice-actor as spongebob. Those, who watch conan   in Japanese, remember the voice. Because the schools principal has a kinda similar voice!!!x'D and his face has sometimes also similar expressions!!x') Each time voice AND face are same as the one from the policeman, I have a hard time not to laugh!x))

Oh, and today I got lost on my way back home, I don't know if I got out 1 station to early or if  I just took the false direction, because I was talking with a 1st. Grader who's in the kendo-club, therefore I was inattentive(typical me-.-'' xP) But luckily, my Japanese skills are good enough to ask for the direction, And I found the way back by myself!^^ 
I was really proud, because I didn't want to call the hostfamily cause of that, I wanted to find my way back home by myself (everyone who knows me knows that I am really ambitious and independant!>:D)

But now comes the clue: I didn't have difficulties to find my way bak, but to open the door!!XD  I was standing in front of the house like an idiot and couldn't enter; and because I was early, nobody was at home, so I coudn't ask somebody from inside to open the door!-.-'' You know why?? In Switzerland, we turn the key to the left to close the door, and to the right to open it. But in Japan, it's exactly the otherway around!!-.- But I was so used to do it Swisswise, that I didn't get the idea to try it otherwise until after 15 minutes or so!xD So I was thinking really hard how to open the door, exactly in the moment when One of Riya's friends from yesterday (the one with the mask) came round the corner, riding his bycicle!-.-'' EMBARASSSING!!!!!x''D I quickly smiled and winked, and at least he winked back, but not without a puzzled view back over his shoulder!x) seems that we are neighbours... Well then, let's toast on good neighbourhood, nee??x)

I'll write more soon,

akuma-chan

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