Kawaii!

I’m not kawaii, I’m freakin macho.

If you’ve spent any time studying Japanese, living in Japan, or interacting with Japanese people, you have certainly learned by now that the phrase ‘kawaii’ かわいい! Is used by Japanese females more often than Americans use profanities.

My Japanese-English dictionary says that ‘kawaii’ means either, ‘pretty’, ‘cute’, ‘sweet’, ‘lovable’, ‘lovely’, ‘dear’, or ‘precious’…

That’s a lot of definitions, but considering how often it’s used, I’m not surprised.

As a foreigner in Japan, you’ll hear kawaii on many occasions. After about one month, it’ll probably get on your nerves. You’ll hear it when say something a little off in Japanese, you’ll hear it when you try to sing at karaoke, and if you ever go shopping… goodness.

In my opinion, it’s over used. I guess as you get older you’ll hear it less and less… I hope so anyway…

楽しみにしているのは、何?

最近、友達によく「日本に行ったら何を最初にやりたい?」とかをよく聞かれる。さ、携帯電話を買うことが一番でしょう?一番と言ったら変な人と思われてしまうかもしれない。携帯より日本人と毎日日本語でしゃべって、和食を毎日食べて、日本の文化を学ぶってことはもっと重要でしょう。でも、日本の携帯電話Technologyがもしかして世界一なんだから、せっかく日本に住むなら、それもEnjoyしないともったいないと思う。

日本の携帯テクノロジはいつも進歩しているみたい。GreggmanのページにGreggmanが買ったA.U.の携帯を紹介しするページがある。暇があったら(どうせ暇でしょう!)是非、読んでみてください。

今売っている携帯がGPS機能もあるから、私は迷わずに職場が見つけられるかもしれない。この方向音痴にはそれが絶対助かると思う。私が今アメリカで持っている携帯がかけられた電話番号も出ない。。。

ハービーのめちゃくちゃな日本語日記でした。

This is not Japan.

You may have already seen the ‘not Japan’ section of this site, but I thought I would explain it a little bit more.

I have met a lot of Japanese people, and it never ceases to amaze me the things that they find ‘amazing’ (read: ‘freaking strange’) about America that I never notice. Hence, I decided to take some pictures and throw that page together. Plus, it’ll be good for memories when I get back to Japan.

One of my Japanese friends who came over from Nagoya was -so- surprised at seeing squirrels running around everywhere in the states.

I didn’t notice until she mentioned that, but I really don’t recall seeing squirrels running around Japan… cats, yeah, but no squirrels… my friend went as far to say that you could see squirrels in the zoo in Japan, but that was about it….

Another thing that my friends constantly find hilarious are the colors of some American foods… blue cakes (as Mayumi mentions), green sports drinks, multi-colored cerials, the fun never stops. When a bottle of Windex, is the same color as a sports drink… You really do have to stop and wonder though… 毒みたい!

日本語でポストもできるかな

日本語入力タイムです。

この前、私が二ヶ月前ぐらい日本語で書いた日記が友達に笑われた。私の日本語はまだ上手じゃないってことは分かるけど、日鱒lに爆笑をさせるってこと
は期待してなかった。

その日記の内容は普通だったけど、文章の作り方がまだ小学生レベルらしい。しかも、書いたことがことは全然面白いことじゃなかった。やっぱい、文章を書いている時は「ちゃった」とか、「のに。。。」とか、「しまった」はなるべく使わない方がいいみたい。

なるほど。

ハービー

Translation:

I wonder if I can post in Japanese….

Alright, it’s Japanese time.

A while ago, this journal I wrote about two months ago was laughed at by some of my Japanese friends. My Japanese isn’t so goo… yet… but I didn’t expect my journal (Whoops, Kanji mistake) to be laughed at!

The topic of that journal was normal, but the way I write my sentences seems to be stuck at a elementary school kids level. (Is that true even in English?) And, the stuff I wrote abou twasn’t even funny at all. (oh man another mistake, I mean ‘yappari’) When you’re writting sentences in Japanese, it’s better not to use phrases like ‘cyatta’, ‘blablah nonii…..’ or ‘shimatta’ as much as possible.

Now I get it.

-Harvey

Expiration Dates and MT

This is kinda neat. I’m noticing that a lot of the food I have in the fridge expires after I leave for Japan. That’s kinda cool. I’m even starting to see advertisements on TV for shows and movies and whatnot that are going to be out after I leave… that’s a weird feeling!

I’m starting to get the hang of this moveabletype stuff. It’s pretty neat. I can do all my journals from a comfy web interface, and they’re automatically archived as well.

Right now there are only like, 2 or 3 items in there, but if I can keep this writting thing up it should get pretty intersting after a while.

I think I can even insert images into this thing.

Hello Koizumi!

That’s all for now… back to tweaking…

-Harvey

New look, new backend!


I decided to redo the look of this site a little bit, this will give us more room to mess with.


I think I’ll turn the front page into somewhat of a diary format. This will give the front page some spice, something semi-interesting that will hopefully be updated regularly, and keep people coming back for more! Oh yeah! Or people will get tired of my weak writing style and decide never to come back again. That would suck. At any rate, the discussion board will always be around if anyone wants to hear from someone with something interesting to say.


In other news… I finally got my plane ticket to Japan. I’m outta here June 4th in case anyone wants to know. I got if from some agency actually, my mom did the calling for me, cause she’s got the money, heh. The ticket is one-way, and only cost about $580 something dollars! Yes. I have acquired a one-way ticket to Japan. One-way, no turning back. How cool is that?!


When I first arrive, I plan to stay with a friend somewhere in Tokyo, then after I get a few pay checks, I’ll move out on my own. Expect a nice partment ‘sagashi guide’ on this site when I start that adventure. It will probably be some what like our pal greggman’s!


Anyway, that’s enough for now. When I get to Japan, and get some loot, I’m gonna get a freakin Titanium Powerbook with OSX and mess with this page whenever the train is empty enough to sit down. Most likely, that will never be the case, and I’ll have to lose sleep in order to maintain the site… but whatever.

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