Tue 27 Jun 2006
Today was our last day in Japan. I can not believe the 4 weeks are over already. I think it went much faster than the China Practicum program last year – granted this one was much, much better. Japan is definately a place I could live for a time, China is not.
We did our presentations today and I believe that mine went fairly well. Apparently I said the following (according to Luke): “Now, there’s some controversy about this, but basically in 1492 Columbus went to the New World and brought back syphilis.” This was in regard to my discussion of Japanese microbiologist Noguchi Hideyo who discovered the agent responsible for the syphilis disease.
After class we had to clean up our rooms and get packed by 3pm, in order to be ready for room check. I am now pretty much packed, though I still have my laptop (obviously) and a few odds and ends. We then went to Sakae (for one last time *whimper*), and to a department store where I was finally able to find two pairs of Loose Socks for both Luke and I to give to respective persons. I am glad I got them. We then went to our last group dinner at an Izakaya and finished off the night by going to a karaoke. At the karaoke I sang “Complicated” by Avril Lavigne and “Eleanor Rigby” by the Beatles, the first with Kelsey the second with Winston-sensei. Luke and I tried to sing a GOLLBETTY song but it was too difficult being all in hirigana and kanji. It was fun. This trip was excellent.