Sunday, January 11, 2009

...turning Japanese, I think I'm turning Japanese....

Ok I don't really think so but I do think that I am majorly impressed by the JICA, Japanese volunteer organization in the Pacific, that I have met. One of my co-workers has Japanese heritage, which is very rare for Tongans, and frequently hosts the Japanese volunteers. She was hosting a dinner this past weekend and thought to invite me. The Japanese volunteers cooked Japanese food (I helped, sort of "I carried a watermelon", or cut the fish into pieces, whatever) while they asked me about American t.v.(Everyone loves our tv, especially ANTM. Tyra has truly taken over the world) and bantered in Japanese, English and Tongan. Truly bilingual people blow me away. I would laugh awkwardly at the punch lines delivered in English until someone decided to translate for me. We sat down to a dinner of shashimi, misou soup, rice and vegetables and the Japanese couldn't help but seriously doubt my skills with chop sticks and handed me a fork. I set the fork asided and displayed my well-practiced sushi bar skills, most were impressed but then dropped cabbaged on my lap. Ah well, silly palangi. Before our night cap of green tea, my co-worker busted out her Casio electric keyboard to initiate some karoke. It worked and soon I was performing a duet of "A Whole New World" and learning Japanese pre-school songs.

3 comments:

Kat said...

Cass--
Sounds like you're having fun. Makes me miss our dinners at Formosa--haven't eaten there in awhile... One of these days, I will get around to sending you a Christmas card (don't worry--I forgot everyone this year, not just you!) Hope your holidays were wonderful and you are enjoying the beauty around you. I looked at your pictures and it looks gorgeous there. I miss you lots, especially when I'm watching SATC DVDs by myself at home or when Em & I are out and about. Take care!

Kat

Anonymous said...

"I carried a watermelon." Classic.

Lisa

Erin Walsh said...

I love the "Dirty Dancing" reference!