Pretty impressive bruise. I have a pretty high tolerance for pain. As long as I don't have a headache, I can handle almost anything.

Yesterday we had the big sports day. It wasn't as bad as I thought it was going to be. "Bad" just meaning "kind of boring." I spent the day hanging out with my supervisor and my friend, Janet, the ALT at Higashi-ko. I think the original plan was to walk around and check out the different events of the day, but we ended up watching baseball all day long.

I was really suprised. They were high school teams playing on a field which could have easily been used for (at least) a minor league game in the states. Not only that, but the score board had digital displays with the names of the teams, a break down of what was happening in each inning and across the bottom the students' names were lit up as they were at bat. I wanted the Nishiko kids to win because I'd hate to think all their sleeping in class was for nothing.

The games here are a little different from the states. The game itself isn't, but the crowd is a little different. Each team had their band there which takes turns playing according to who was at bat. Also, everyone is given a noise maker. Either a small plastic megaphone (which no one would dare dream of yelling into) or a plastic bottle with beads inside. When our team was either at bat or the pitcher was doing a particularly good job pitching or players in the in/out-field made a good catch, you would hit your megaphone or your bottle against your hand. Usually along with the band.

Janet and I took turns embarassing the people around us. Especially since she was cheering for her kids by name.

Later I got a ride home and then took a short nap before Japanese class.

I was beat at the end of the day.

I was supposed to go to Osaka for my Japanese class today, but I decided not to go. I've already missed my train, and I have a lead on a tutor here in town.