Sunday, April 6, 2008


It seems I passed my first year art school exams.

Results were supposed to have been posted 19 March, after I had already returned to Japan, but I never heard from anyone. I even emailed the school office address to ask (though to be fair they were having some computer problems before I left and perhaps never recovered).

I know everyone was probably eager to leave on vacation once results were published and perhaps I was forgotten in the excitement.

Today, though, we got a message from Tsering, one of my classmates, who wrote:

"I passed in class also Jeff , he is better then me I think. He is 5th position or 4 th position, something like that."

While she may have remembered incorrectly about my rank, that I passed I feel pretty certain is an accurate recollection. And it couldn't have come at a better time. I'm off tomorrow on a new adventure. Have a peek at my companion blog for more:


Thursday, April 3, 2008

Sakura second helpings

Mutsumi and I had lunch in the park this afternoon, what we refer to as hanami, or flower viewing. There were a surprising number of people in the park for a weekday.

The forecast calls for rain this weekend, which means most of the blooms will likely be gone by next week.

Sayonara, sakura.