“Daitai” and “Chanto” – Understanding Japanese work ethic

In my last post I discussed starting a part-time job at a restaurant and a presentation at town hall. The presentation went really well. The only difficulty was that although the audience was made up of Intermediate to Advanced English learners, my topic has some really complex English words. I knew this beforehand and I budgeted an extra 30 minutes longer than my practice speech so that I could speak slowly, articulate, and explain big words. (Think a lot of hand gesturing) They probably did not get all of it, but we were able to engage in a fascinating discussion about where the world is headed environmentally, and whether or not the current problems are too big to tackle. I ended up Continue reading


Presenting next month

I’m going to present at the city office next month! 1 1/2 hours on the business of sustainable design – my university research topic. Three times a week I study Japanese at the city office (I do believe I’d written on that previously) and last week they mentioned how there is an upcoming ‘World Culture Seminar’ and they are looking for presenters. Basically, the topic can be anything. So, I emailed that guy my spiel, and vuala! He said I’m in! So, I’m preparing now. Like I said I covered this topic extensively in my final semester during university. I am pretty passionate about the whole ‘eco’ thing, you could say. I come at it from a point, however, as a designer because the designer is the middle man – an effector for good or harm to the environment. I won’t get into all the dry details of my speech. Plus, I need to work on adjusting my audience to low-level English! The fun begins…

Also! I’ve gotten the opportunity to take up a side job – one of those working nights-only restaurant jobs. Super thankful for the opportunity to earn extra cash, and experience too! An answer to prayer! Anywho, the owner will give me a test run this Thursday so please pray that it goes well. I hope to work there a few nights a week. I’ll keep you updated on that. Peace!

I (Almost) got a day off

Well, Saturday and Sunday were exhausting. It was probably the most tired – physically and mentally that I’ve been in a while. I worked alongside my office team to run a shaved ice booth for the city festival. (We were too busy to take any pics, sorry!) I was at the front of service commanding customers with ‘Irasshaimase’ (Welcome) and other phrases. Once the customer paid, I was the person for order pick-ups as well. At one point I kept track of how many customers we had in one minute and it was three. So, over the eight+ hours a day we worked…yeah, you can imagine how tiresome it was.

Today was our first day back at the office and it was obvious that morale was low. One of my friends lost her voice. Nonetheless, we got work done. Towards the end of the day I finished early and they said I could go home. My friend/supervisor randomly asked the supervisor if I could have the day off tomorrow. Embarrassed, I listened in while the supervisor said, “No.” Bummer. The rest of the day I had previously planned Japanese study, web design work, and a bike ride. When it came down to it, all I had energy for was a bike ride. Trying to relax now with some light work. I don’t want to get too behind but I know I am too tired to give 110% creatively right now.