Hello from Okazaki, Japan! Well, Hakone, really, but we’ll get to that in a bit. After getting my hands on my visa in Hong Kong, I set out for Okazaki, Japan for a few weeks of language classes, a chance to finish the damn article, and climatic stability. It had been a while since I’d practiced Japanese and absolutely needed a hand. I’ll be in China for a month for an unplanned stint with The Nature Conservancy, which is collaborating with a resort to do coral restoration work in Sanya Bay. After that, however, I’m in Japan for over a month to explore the concept of sautomi – a Japanese term for the artificial interaction between humans and the ocean. Seems apt.
Into the early afternoon I’m at Yamasa Language School, refreshing (relearning) my Japanese. Until last Wednesday I would spend the rest of the day working on the article, and now I get to take care of myself – I’m drawing the line here, no more assignments outside my project. I live in an AirBnB with たつろさん (Tatsuro-San) a lovely fellow twenty-something (do I hate myself for using that term? Maybe.), taking up is airy spare bedroom. He’s a great cook and a gracious host, though I was mortified the first night we met when he pretended to not speak English for a half hour before confessing otherwise in British English. I’d been gesticulating. It was bad.