My friends from college have been staying at my place off and on for the past 10 days or so, so I have been busy showing them around the country. I'll post more on that in the near future. I woke them up when I left for work today, and that is that last time I expect to see them in Japan. They are going to Tokyo today and will return home tomorrow. I hope they enjoy their remaining time.
As for my remaining time, the days are quickly ticking away. After today I have 9 school days left. I cancelled my school lunch subscription after giving many explanations to incredulous coworkers. The main reason is money, as I was going to pay a full month's fee for only about 7 or 8 lunches. Today is my first day of bringing my own lunch to school. I hit the Seven Eleven on my way to work this morning and picked up a salad with tuna, a salmon onigiri, and a little carton of a mix of vegetable and fruit juice. I expect a bit of surprise from the kids I will eat with, but I am prepared to answer the questions. It might not seem like a big deal to people in the US or other places, but here, everyone eats the school lunch. The principal, the office staff, and the kids who would rather not, all purchase this lunch every single day. I am likely the only person in a building containing 800 or so people who is not eating this lunch. While talking to the office staff about it, one of them said something like "I wish I could cancel my school lunches too". I thought it was amusing to hear a grown man talk like that. It's sorta like if one bee in the hive decided he didn't like honey, he liked strawberry jam better. Oh, the uproar.
Well now that my friends have completed their time in Ashikaga, my attention turns to other pressing matters. I have about two weeks before I leave to explore Australia. The thing is, my apartment contract is going to terminate before I return. So, I need to pack up all of my stuff, move it to a friend's apartment, and then clean the place. When I return to Japan then, I'll be living out of Zishan's apartment for a little less than a week and then I'm gone. I'm really cutting it close, but I figure it's better to be busy until I leave than bored.