Last August several new teachers came to Tsu to teach English at junior high and elementary schools. We took a little shopping trip one day to a place called Sun Valley. Everyone was fresh off the plane and things got a little silly at the stores. Mari-sensei, fortunately (or not) snapped some photos for posterity. Our first photo today is me on a Joba, which is a piece of exercise equipment which simulates horse riding. Afraid to turn the machine on, I sat down and pretended it was live. I even got the real rodeo arm motion going, but I couldn’t make it to the bell: I fell off after seven seconds.
Examining the background of the photo, I realized they were pushing these as gifts for a holiday I like to translate as Old Folks Day, but I think they were calling it Aging Day. I think Keirou no Hi (敬老の日) is usually translated as Respect for the Aged Day.
After running rampant in the electronics area, we switched to fashion. Often, the high prices of clothes shock me, but the sales can be equally extreme. Here you see me wearing a powder blue linen jacket and, to be at the height of fashion, notice that I left the card in the breast pocket that explains it is real linen. I decided to finally post these snapshots partly because my hair was a bit long and curly, as opposed to the recent cutting and shaving. Perhaps you can see the hair extensions that I was trying on at the time. Naturally, I didn’t purchase that, but it was fun to be a little silly.
Oh, also, the SiLLiNeSS heading was inspired by Titus 2 Woman.