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06-18-2010, 08:57 AM   #1
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Greetings from Rainy Japan!

Yep, the rainy season has started here and I'm listening to the steady rainfall outside while I sit sticky and hot inside.

Anyways!

My name is Amanda and I'm a 29-year old American who has transplanted herself halfway around the globe. I somehow find that I've been living and working in Japan for almost two years now, teaching junior high and elementary schools new and exciting ways to abuse the English language. I'm from Philadelphia and love and miss that city to death, but have really come to love this country.

I've always had an interest in photography - borrowing my dad's Asahi Pentax camera (model unknown) without any film and lining up the "perfect" pictures around the house - but never really made any motions to DO anything about it.

I had only owned relatively cheep point-and-shoots up until I decided to jump in and buy my first dSLR - my first "serious" camera. So, the first weekend of November, I braved the chaos of Yodobashi Camera in Osaka in search of my new camera. I tried out Nikons and Canons and Sonys, much like Goldilocks: this one is too heavy, this one is too expensive, this one is too complicated, this one must have been designed for a man with huge hands.

Next I happened upon the Pentax displays. The K-x had only been released in Japan a few weeks before so there was display and Pentax reps there with the cameras in their insane assortment of colors. I tried one out and fell in love.

I wound up buying the K-x kit in white that day (mostly because I didn't feel like waiting an extra week to special order one of the color combinations I liked). That night, I also learned how wonderful Pentax's customer support can be. While I can read and understand a good bit of Japanese, being a novice, I wanted to be able to read the manual in my native language! The problem was that the K-x was so new that the English manual wasn't available online yet! I went through Pentax America's live online support, and while person who helped me didn't have a pdf of the manual yet, she took my contact info and said she would track one down for me. A few hours later, I had an email from a product specialist with the English manual. Sometimes little things like this make a big impression!

Several months later, I only have that simple kit lens, but I've been saving my pennies (or yen, as it were) and will probably be going to go and purchase another one tomorrow.

I haven't been able to get out and take photos as much as I wish I could have, but I'm working on trying to do something every week from here on out!

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Welcome to the forum, it rains a fair bit here also; console yourself by saying that's why it is so green in the country.
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Welcome to the forums. It's been crazy this week in japan, hasn't it?

I think I've seen some people in the forums that are in the kansai area. I really like Kobe, been there twice.
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Thanks for the warm welcom, guys!

QuoteOriginally posted by summonbaka Quote
Welcome to the forums. It's been crazy this week in japan, hasn't it?

I think I've seen some people in the forums that are in the kansai area. I really like Kobe, been there twice.
I love Kansai to death. Best area in Japan with the best food, in my opinion. I love Osaka, but Kobe is an amazing place to live. If you're ever in the area again, let me know!

I'm guessing things have been just as damp down there in Kyushu? I have a friend who lives near the over in coast of Shizuoka and another in Gunma who have been getting soaked.

As much as I'd like some time for my laundry to dry, I'm not looking forward to the heat and humidity that will be setting in soon.


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Welcome to the forums Amanda
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Welcome Amanda and feast upon all the Pentax knowledge on offer here


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QuoteOriginally posted by zephyrsky Quote
Thanks for the warm welcom, guys!



I love Kansai to death. Best area in Japan with the best food, in my opinion. I love Osaka, but Kobe is an amazing place to live. If you're ever in the area again, let me know!

I'm guessing things have been just as damp down there in Kyushu? I have a friend who lives near the over in coast of Shizuoka and another in Gunma who have been getting soaked.

As much as I'd like some time for my laundry to dry, I'm not looking forward to the heat and humidity that will be setting in soon.
i am just curious as to something, is the japanese language hard to learn compared to say spanish. i have always had a yearning to go to Japan! Just Curious, and have a good day.

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Hey from Gifu!

Good to find another transplanter here.


I totally agree. I want my laundry to hurry up and dry. I hate rainy season, but it's fun to go take pictures of water droplets on flowers when it lets up!

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i am just curious as to something, is the japanese language hard to learn compared to say spanish. i have always had a yearning to go to Japan! Just Curious, and have a good day.
The vowel sounds (maybe with the exception of "u") are essentially the same as Spanish. The grammar structure is very different from it, though, (and from English, for that matter) so it's hard to say. It's a language in which most people don't speak very directly and leave statements simply dangling. You're left to infer a lot, which often leads to much confusion as a non-native speaker. Most often, people even drop the subjects of sentences. Oh, and you'll almost never be told directly "no" (いいえ, iie) which is both amusing and frustrating - you wind up with amusing statements like "ちょっと無理" (chotto muri - a little bit impossible)

QuoteOriginally posted by chinotenshi:
I want my laundry to hurry up and dry. I hate rainy season, but it's fun to go take pictures of water droplets on flowers when it lets up!
Seriously! I have a ton of laundry to do, but haven't been able to hang it out to dry! I did hear the first cicadas of the season today, though!
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Haven't heard many cicadas here yet. Though my apartment is surrounded by rice paddies so I get lots of froggies at night.


Also, ちょっと無理 is one of my favorite phrases EVER in Japanese. That and practically every single part of the Gifu dialect.
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Haven't heard many cicadas here yet. Though my apartment is surrounded by rice paddies so I get lots of froggies at night.


Also, ちょっと無理 is one of my favorite phrases EVER in Japanese. That and practically every single part of the Gifu dialect.
I love my Kansai-ben <3 Though it's amusing if I speak it when visiting other parts of Japan. Most people don't expect me to speak Japanese at all, let alone a non-standard dialect. I love seeing them do double takes if I break out a "めっちゃおもろい" instead of a "ちょう面白い," or a "分からへん/分からん" instead of "分からない"

I'm up on a mountain, so I suppose it's to be expected that we'd get cicadas a bit earlier
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I get comments all the time from my friends back in Nagano and Kumamoto about how heavy my Tokai/Gifu-ben is. I love it. Though since I've learned most of it from an older gentleman, I speak more like an old guy than I probably should. xD
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I'm native spanish speaker so I can't say that it can be more difficult to learn spanish than japanese, but that's what i think. The difference with japanese is that you also have to break another paradigm in this case writing/reading the kana and kanji, but when you start learning a few kanji you'll get to learn faster and faster.

I learned most of my japanese in tokyo so it's rather marked, but since being in kagoshima the satsuma-ben is starting to seep in. Sometimes I 'aquire' words from my friends and being in the university with people from all over japan makes my japanese more like a mash-up of dialects.

Here at kagoshima there hasn't been a day without some kind of rain for almost a month now and I'm starting to fear about my lens, it's been helluva damp.

chinotenshi: As long as you don't start refering yourself as "わし/儂", you wont be that old.
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