So, the second week was better than the first because of the following:
- Class Schedule Finalized & School Begins
- Meeting the Japanese students
On Sunday, we were allowed to start cooking because the home stay students were finally placed with their families and had moved in with them! That same night I cooked my very first meal, Arushu no Chicken, or what I’d like to call “Some Kinda Chicken!” Essentially, it was 5 slices of chicken marinated in a “special” marinade comprised of fried chicken seasoning, black pepper, garlic powder, soy sauce, butter, and last but certainly not least, my roommate Laurie’s seasoning “Crazie Jayne” (all the way from Tennessee!) to top it off. Also, the chicken was smothered with a mix of bean sprouts and green onions that had marinated in the “special” marinade. After that, I cooked it in the toaster oven we had. After about 15 to 20 minutes, it was ready to eat!
Monday was the first day of afternoon classes, which were not the Japanese language classes. Essentially, it was a long week consisting of back-to-back class orientations and introductions, but the premise of each class promised an interesting semester-long adventure. Lucky for me, I got all the classes I wanted, which were Cross-Cultural Psychology, The Struggle for Justice, and Anime: Meaning and Method.
All the Japanese students were very friendly and helpful in making the international students feel welcome at Kansai Gaidai.
One of the biggest highlights of this week was that the Resident Assistants (RAs) planned and arranged a Bowling Party for our Seminar House. Bowling in Japan was really fun!!! It also gave me as well as other students the chance to get to know one another.
All in all, it was a wonderful ending to a good week!