last modified: Thursday, May 03, 2007 (8:32:51 PM CST)
As I'm sure most of you remember, I left Japan at the end of July last year because my father had been diagnosed with liver cancer. Since that time, my mother's various falls and illnesses took up a great deal of my energy and time, which is why I haven't felt like talking to anyone since I've been back. I not only didn't have the emmotional will, I didn't have the engery. My mother is doing better now, in fact she's more like she was maybe 7 years ago. It's a shame that it didn't happen sooner.
You see, my father finally passed away on Thursday, April 19. His mental state hadn't been very good in the last few weeks, in that he didn't recognize anyone, not even the little boy that my cousin adopted. Malaki was the only one who could make my father smile in the last month or two, but the week before my father didn't even respond to him. On Wednesday, the nursing home phoned me to tell me that he had a high fever that they couldn't get to go down. Since my mother was coming out of the hospital that day, we took her straight to the nursing home. She and my sister stayed most of the night, with my mother coming home to sleep about 11 pm. The next day my mother went back again, and by this time my father was labouring to breathe. My mother told me to go home and take care of the dogs, which was fine with me because I really felt that I should take a step back and let my mother and my sister have their time with him. He passed at 6 pm with both of them by his side.
Needless to say, we're all very upset, although my mother is taking it better than I thought she would. He really wasn't himself at the end, his body really was just a prision for his spirit, and I must admit that part of me is happy that he's finally free from all of that.
I'm sorry that I've been out of touch for so long, but I really didn't feel like talking to anyone until now. I guess I've been waiting for this, and dreading it at the same time. The funeral is on Tuesday the 24 th, and it will be just family there. Just wanted to let all of you know.
Much love to you all, Tammy
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ALIVE AND WELL IN FUJIMI-SHI
last modified: Thursday, May 11, 2006 (9:02:13 AM CST)
Hi guys!! I'm borrowing my new roommate Victoria's laptop (she told me I could use it if I wanted to) until I get my own laptop connected to the internet. I wanted to let all of you know how I'm doing in Japan. This is only my second day here, but the first full one.
Fujimi is outside of Tokyo, but it's still a good 2hrs by bus, and then about 5 mins by train, and then a 3 min walk to the apartment from the station.
Victoria took me to the city office in order to register as being here, but it also gives me a paper saying that I've done it so that I can get a bank account and a cell phone, which is waaaay cheaper than a land line, or so I'm told.
I hit the grocery store today and bought one of those noodles in a bowl things, that had little packets of meat in it and mushrooms. It was really good, and I bought this thing that looked like a big bun that was slit crossways at the top and had what looked like eggs in it and had been baked. It tasted like eggs, mayo and bacon in it. I was seriously hungry by the time I got back to the apartment, so I ate that, the noodles and a little thing of garlic bread about the size of a big sausage bun and a small piece of some kind of sponge cake that tastes kind of bland, except for the slight molasses taste, that is. It's light as a feather, though! I also bought something that looks like some kind of doughnut, but I've not eaten that yet.
I'm trying to eat fairly cheap until I get my first paycheque and figure out what is going out and what's coming in, but the grocery store is a fun place to look around!!! Not for the squimish, though, since if there's a few packages of octopus in the freash fish section, you can really tell that it's octopus!!!! They have packages of the little baby ones and they look pretty whole to me. The bigger ones have the suckers still attached. There are also packets of roe bags (which look like really small, red sausages), fish of every description and the reddest salmon I've ever seen! I even saw these things that had been battered and fried, and I thought they were really, really big shrimp, until I saw the fish tail sticking out
The plane ride kind of stank, since we lost 3hrs going to Vancouver, then gained 10 or 12 on the way to Narita. The part that I hate is that the Air Canada planes don't have an air vent at the seats to get cold air, so I ended up sitting there sweating for 10 hours or so. By the time I got here, I was in dire need of a shower!! I did sleep really well, though, on two futon mattress on the floor. They're very comfortable, and I had a fan in my room as well, which really helps.
One thing I did not expect was that it's so humid here! The air's quite damp and it's really humid and I'm told that in the summer it's way worse!!! Good thing that every room has an air conditioner and a fan. The night air is much cooler, though and when all three bedroom windows are open there's a fantastic breeze that goes through the whole place. That's what I'm doing now, sitting here, enjoying the cool breeze, which is actually getting a bit chilly now.
There are also lots of pine trees, rice fields right near the airport, and azelas everywhere, even trimmed into headges. There are also some types of palm trees, so I'm guessing they either die back in winter or else it really doesn't get that cold here. It may be the latter, since both Victoria and Carolyn told me that, being Canadian and therefore used to the snow, I'm likely to be walking around saying "What are you talking about? It's not cold!" LOL!
TV's kind of sad, since we don't have cable and there's probably only 7 or 8 channels. I haven't seen any sumo on the TV yet.
As for anime, I've seen two so far, one's called NANA and the other one, as near as I can remember, is called Zengapen, or Zangpen or something. There's a game coming out based on it, that much I got from one of the commercials, and it looks a little bi
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Nervous breakdown time
last modified: Friday, April 28, 2006 (9:49:23 AM CST)
Well, this is my very first entry, and this may be my only means of updating my gallery in a while. I'm off to anime mecha, Japan, on May 9, and since I won't be taking my scanner with me I may not be adding any more images for a while. I'll be gone for a year in order to teach English.
I've decided to start this weblog (I refuse to use "blog" thank you) in order to let everyone know how I'm doing and what life in Japan is like. So, I hope this works out and I hope you enjoy it.
As for cel collecting, I've bought a Trinity Blood setti, and I'm hoping to get some time to scan parts of it in before I leave. Any cels that I win on auction and I therefore have pictures of, I'll put up in the gallery and update everything properly when I get back or get my hands on a scanner, whichever comes first! Anyway, wish me luck and I'll update this when I can! :)
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