Tuesday, July 25, 2006

Where the streets have no name

My Sweet and I have just finished over 14 hours of sitting in very cramped places. California to Japan. My body is saying, "Hey I need to move" while my brain is saying, "I am so fricking tired that I think I am going to stop telling the legs how to move."

During the 2 hour bus ride from the Tokyo airport to his sister's place, My Sweet kept saying things like, "I used to hang out there with my college mates," or "This is a new building." I said things like, "Oh really?" when I wanted to say, "Hey, I am sleeping here!"

I have just a few impressions of Japan (note that I have been here for about 3 hours and as subtly implied before - very sleepy). Everything is so much smaller here; My Sweet keeps saying, "My word, I don't remember things being this small."

And as for the title of this column. The streets often are the size of alleyways, and they usually do not have any posting of their name. So even people who are Japanese literate can get lost. And as a side note, it is very disconcerting to be in a place where not only do you not speak much of the language, but you can not even sound out the words. In other countries I have traveled, I could usually have someone write down the address and I was able to figure out the signs. But here, I can not even use a dictionary! Aarrgghh!!

If this seems to ramble incoherently, it is because I am about to fall asleep, but my husband is chatting with an old boss. So I am entertaining myself with the laptop instead of insisting they translate everything. Aren't I an understanding wife!

Joie de Vivre ~ A Hearty Joy of Living!


Susan said...

Yes, a very understanding wife!

When we visited Germany I felt very out of place becasue I didn't no any German. None. In the other countries we visited I knew enough to get help.

I can't imagine what it would feel like to not even be able to use a dictionary.

I look forward to hearing how your trip is.

Anonymous said...

Yay! a dispatch from Japan! You write well for someone so tired. Maybe that's your secret weapon as writer - sleep deprivation. :)

Dave Barry commented on the same thing (no names for the streets) in that "Dave Barry Does Japan" book you let me borrow. Hope you and Your Sweet have a marvelous time. Take a notebook with you everywhere! You're gonna get some great stuff out of this! Lots of love, Doodah

jewellspring said...

Ah, yes, you are an understanding wife! Its great to hear whats going on, thanks so much for the updates.

Just Me said...

doodah! and jewel, I have my little notbook in my bag and am taking notes to blog, so look forward to hearing about techie toilets and talking stoves.

susan, it is good to hear from you. when I get back I will check out your blog.