28 April 2010

1st Class Day

Today is the first day I attended a class lecture, which is actually about environmental wind engineering.  It is actually the 3rd meeting for the class already, so the 1st half of the class was about the 1st two meetings.  Totemo omoshiroi deshita!  (It was very interesting.)

I also learned that the professor requested for an extension of the registration so that I can register for the class.  Google!  (I meant to say "Yahoo!" but since I am using Google...  :-D)

It was still rainy and cool (but not cold) in the morning.  A beautiful surprise in the form of a sunset shone upon Atsugi by the end of the day.

Anyhow, that's about it for today.  I did miss lunch with the usual lunch buddies, so I bought bento and ate lunch at my desk.  "Bento," by the way means "lunch box," "box lunch," "boxed lunch," or maybe even "packed lunch."  So "bento box" would be like saying "lunch box box," "box lunch box," "boxed lunch box," or "packed lunch box," which... all doesn't sound right, don't you think?

I found this interesting website which you can quickly browse through a few pages at a time to learn about Japan, their culture, and some useful phrases: http://web-japan.org/kidsweb/index.html.  They also have an interesting piece about bento: http://web-japan.org/kidsweb/virtual/bento/index.html. :-)

Itadakimasu! :-)

(From Wikipedia/Itadakimasu#Eating_and_Drinking: "Meals in Japan traditionally begin with the phrase itadakimasu (いただきます?) (literally, "I humbly receive"). The phrase is similar to "bon appétit," or saying grace to give thanks before a meal. It is said to express gratitude for all who played a role in preparing, cultivatingranching or hunting the food.")

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