Posted by: Megan | July 9, 2007

‘Blimey’ …

is an informal expression of amazement that the English use, and one that  I am sure Kate (from England) exclaims quite a bit when living in Japan.  Have a read of this wee ditty that Kate wrote and see what you think …

”We went to the Yukata festival last summer in Himeji in Japan. Yukata ‘s were everywhere – the Japanese summer Kimono – with a clatter of the wooden shoes they wear with them going on all around. After we’d fumbled with our chopsticks over a plate of okinomiake – Japanese pancake – in a tent with loads of other Yukata wearers we headed out to have a look at all the market stalls. There was sooo much colour everywhere – the market stalls with their distinctive red drapes, whole families all in traditional costume, including 3 year olds, groups of teenagers in Yukata’s on their mobile phones and old guys on the stalls sweating over grills of sweet potatoes with white flannels round their heads to catch the sweat. We followed the pumping music and found a stage with loads of teenagers all jumping around to J-pop and techno, doing elaborate synchronized dancing. The guys bouffant hair was incredible – it must have taken a week in backcombing and more hairspray than the girls could ever ever use. The girls with their ricidulously high heels and push-up bras, still managed to keep up with the beat, and the grannies in Yukata’s passing by barely took any notice.  Much fun!!”


NameKate Dunn.


Native homeland England.

If you were to place a pin on the world map you would now find meJapan.

I decided to head here becauseI wanted to teach!

I’ve been away to date for … 15 months.

My current surroundings can be described assmall!

The Big Brown Couch in my life isyellow and has no legs!

My life away from home sees me working as an English teacher.

When I am not working I’mchasing boys :)!

Missed about home isgood cheese and greenery!

Loved about my new environment iscrazy fashions.

I am known to the locals asKato-san.

Favourite local hideouts includeudon noodle shop and the castle park.

Choice cuisine when I am eating locally udon.

Differences between here and home range from no talking on the trains, guys that wear more hairspray than girls, women who wear factor 100 and black gloves to avoid the sun, cycling on the pavement, slurping your noodles, not blowing your nose in public and no fights in the streets!

I’d tell my friends & family to pack up their bags and come on over to experiencethe food, the bullet trains, karoake, sacred shrines and no agro in the pub!

Next stop ishome.

If I could tell The Big Brown Couch just one final thing it would bealways take your shoes off before you enter a Japanese home and wear un-holey socks!

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