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Merry Christmas 2008!!!


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Merry Christmas to everyone!!!

2008 is almost over! I've been in Japan for two years now, time just flies by. I have 10 days of vacation from saturday, nothing to write home about in France, but huge by Japanese standards.

Today I'm just writing a brief summary of what's been going on this last couple months. I know I don't update very often but I have a busy life and therefore little time to dedicate to this blog. However, I have no intention of stopping it whatsoever.

The first news is: I have a new neighbor. Here's my friend Mark, who lives in the same building, and exactly two floors above me:

Just like most foreigners here, he's American (nobody's perfect right?). Not only is he one of my best friends in Japan, he's also the first friend I made here, when we were both studying Japanese two years ago in Okazaki. Back then, who would have thought that we would now both be living in Nagoya in the same building? Seriously, what are the odds of that happening? When you know how many foreigners eventually have to go back to their home country because they cannot find a job here.

Talking about parties, there's been many in the last weeks but here are the main ones. First, Mark's house warming party:

Next, a Christmas party we had at a friend's house. Her name's Rie and she prepared a really nice dinner:

Then last saturday, a Christmas/birthday party at my place:

And this week, another "eigo de nomikai" party! I didn't take any picture this time but it was particularly "interesting" if you know what I mean...

Now for Christmas...well I didn't do anything! In Japan, Christmas is exactly like Valentine's day and I'm single since I broke up a few weeks ago. By the way, here's my ex-girlfriend's last concert (the girl in the white dress, yes I was dating a girl who wants to become an opera singer - and she's actually talented):

I don't have resolutions for next year but a couple goals, one of them being to pass the JLPT level 1 with 85% or more. I've been taking private lessons once a week for over a month now and on top of that I'm also studying by myself, therefore this goal is realistic, especially considering the next session is in 6 months (the JLPT is now being held twice a year), leaving me plenty of time to sharpen my Japanese skills.

For now, I just want to enjoy my vacation. Just like every year, I'm going to Kyushu to see my family but this time, prior to that, I am going to spend a couple days in the south to visit Kagoshima area...or even do some island-hopping further down...I'll probably decide everything on saturday morning when I leave.

That's it! Rie's cat also wishes you a Merry Christmas...

Categories: Leisure - Chit chat

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By Stéphane Normand on 12/25/2008 at 18:06:08

joyeux noël Hervé.

Je regarde régulièrement ton blog. J'adore. Ca donne envie de visiter le Japon.

Courage et réussite pour ton test!

By Tarto on 12/26/2008 at 01:02:34

Merci Stéphane !
J'espère que tout va bien pour toi !
A bientôt

By Katherine Marshall on 04/10/2009 at 22:48:55

Surprise, Herve! No one dropped a hint that your dad and Gay were coming to see me this past weekend. Can you imagine what a great and unexpected joy it was? And that's how I learned about your web site.
I loved reading this blog and the pictures are terrific.

Just want to say hello to my step-grandson (so handsome!).


Grandma Marshall 3/23/09

By Tarto on 04/10/2009 at 22:49:34

Hello Katherine
Thank you for your comment!
I just emailed you

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