This first week has been pretty hectic. I have classes in Kyoto, where I live, and Kyotanabe, an hour and a half away, so everyday is packed. I’m also looking into circles to join. Circles are the Japanese equivalent of clubs in America, and clubs are the equivalent of a varsity sports. There are so many interesting circles that I was hoping to join, but coming here, I found out that many students don’t speak English so you can’t really join just any circle.
A few days before school began, there was bunch of recruitment on campus for clubs and circles. I don’t look too far off from a typical Japanese college girl so people treated me as if I knew Japanese. That was mildly frustrating since that meant I had no idea what they were saying, but also quite nice since they approached me much more easily than the other ryuugakusei. Fortunately, only one circle denied me because of my lack of Japanese ability. I’m sticking to tennis and dance circles since I wouldn’t need too much guidance in those activities– I don’t know how I would fare in any of the other circles.
The tennis circles at Doshisha are amazing! There are a billion of them– more than any other sport– and they’re so fun! I attended one practice last week with D.U.C.K. and went to get dinner with them after. In Japan, it’s customary for your senpai to pay for the first meal you have together 🙂 It was so sweet of them. During practice, we only had one court to use, but it was very lively. I was on the more experienced side, so I was helping them teach proper form. Sadly, the rain has been unaccommodating so most practices have been cancelled. I plan on checking out other circles soon.
Yesterday, I went to hang out with more Japanese students in the English Speaking Association. I’m learning Japanese and they’re learning English so the conversation turns into a Japanlish mess. I learned some fun Kansai-ben that I’ll share with you. The inflections are hard for me to remember, but Kansai-ben is so funny. I love it.
- Nandeyanen = What?
- Nanbodekka? = How much is it?
- Chaimannen = You’re wrong
- Moueewa = Oh, stop it.
- Hona Sayonara = See ya.
- Seyana = Oh, I see…
- Honma? = Really?
- Ookini = Thanks!
- Eeyan = That’s great, isn’t it?
This weekend will be full of club events to enjoy. I’ll be looking forward to it!