Saturday, July 21, 2007


I saw this on national television the other night.
"Oshirikajirimushi" means "butt-biting bug."

Edit 2007-09-13: Dumb NHK had it pulled. (-_-)*

Edit 2008-02-02: I took down the ugly non-functional YouTube screen. To hear the song, you can visit the website for the upcoming Nintendo DS game.

Edit 2009-02-03: Dailymotion is hosting the video now:
Hooray for subtitles!


Lori Madison said...

That was really cute. Thank you for sharing!

Emily Watkins said...

Thanks. :)

Anonymous said...


Also do you think As a college undergraduate I could be a JET? or do i have to finish school first.

Emily Watkins said...

You absolutely have to finish school first. JET only considers people who have at least a bachelor's degree. (I think all programs of that sort in Japan have the same requirement.) But you can apply during your senior year if you will have graduated by the beginning of July before you depart for Japan.

I'll be updating before too long.

Anonymous said...


Also, are you able to speak/understand Japanese pretty fluently now? how long did it take?

Emily Watkins said...

I'm lame, or the bachelor's degree requirement is lame? :P

I recently took a placement test at a local college, and I tested into third semester Japanese. This was due mostly to my grammar comprehension; my vocabulary is all over the place. (I can say "Board of Education," but I just learned "recently" a few days ago.) Even if my vocabulary were on part with third semester college Japanese, it's still far from fluent.

But I didn't really study. I never gave up trying to learn new words or expressions, but I rarely sat down and went through a textbook, or met with a proper tutor. Starting from no Japanese, I'd learned as much in three years of not-really-studying as some other folks did in one year of studying, oh, 10 hours a week.

I should have mentioned this before, but it really doesn't matter what your major is. I studied physics. If you want to take Japanese classes, that would be of personal benefit to you; but whether it would help you get into the program is anyone's guess.

Anonymous said...

your lack of will to update is LAMEEE

lastly, was harvest moon for girls any good? I heard it sucks because once you get married the game ends. Thats MADDD sextist.

Im on a quest to finish the playstation one right now.

J said...

Greetings Emily! I happened to surf into your blog and thought I'd stop to say Hi!! Jay - ALT Nita/Yokota 1994-1995

Emily Watkins said...

Aw, sweet! Who would've been there at that time who's still there now? Yamada-san is at Yokota JHS, but the secretary at Nita JHS (Nishi... something) was downsized last spring, and now works at a company in Nita. Yokota's down to two classes for each grade, and Nita's two classes as well except for the current group of 2nensei. When I left, Yokota was in the middle of some major renovations on the half of the building with the music room; I think they were slated to finish that in December, and the next project is to re-do the gymnasium.

J said...

Wow! I'm surprised and sorry to hear about the downsizing. I recall speaking with the Nita Mayor at the time who asked my predecessor and I how the town could keep the young folks from leaving.
I've doubted that anyone from the schools or Kyoikuiinkai would still be there from my era but I seem to recall and Mr. Yamada and Ms. Nishi... at Nita.
Perhaps you've met Shimizu-san the printer at Nita, or Takahashi (Anten-san). There was also a Suzuki-san at Yokota I used to visit. He was the former principal at Yokota-chu before I came. I sold his wife my scooter which I used to get around.

Emily Watkins said...

Yeah, I saw a graph showing the student population at Nita-chu over the last 30 or 40 years; it's been progressively smaller in that time. I'm sure Yoko-chu's no different. What was your advice to the mayor?

Tokue-san at the kyouikuiinkai found me a good, inexpensive car, which I drove into the ground during my three years there (it was 11 years old when I got it). I can't imagine driving a scooter through the snow. I mean, I can imagine, but I don't want to.

I don't think I ever met any of the people you mentioned. Shimizu sounds familiar, but maybe for other reasons.

J said...

I didn't have any advice for the mayor, but I recall my predecesor suggested maybe having a few things in town for the young people to do. The mayor's response was something in the line of (...)

I think it was a combination of cost, taking a driving test, and getting used to driving in the passenger seat that made me eventually decide to go with a scooter. Driving in light snow wasn't much of a problem. The biggest problem was keeping my hands from freezing. I did have one incident where I almost slid on ice after exiting one of the tunnels on my way home from Kisuki. I also got caught in a snow storm once and couldn't make it up the hill to Taki No Ue. I had to park the scooter at Kyoikuiinkai and walk. Speed limit for scooters was only about 25mph even though they could easily go 40! Needless to say this led to a number of chance meetings with various town police bikers for short English conversation lessons on the side of the road.