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Today I went on a japanese cultural outing put on by some JWU students. We went to a shopping district in Ueno (上野) and from there went through Yanaka (谷中) and Sendagi (千駄木) to visit the Nedu Shrine (根津神社). Shitamachi (下町) refers to the physically low parts of Tokyo and the areas near the Sumida River (隅田川).

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Today was my first day at Japan Women’s University (JWU). The summer intensive language program will be taking place there starting Friday.  Today, however, I have to take the placement test to determine what level of Japanese class I need to take.  In Japanese, JWU is 日本女子大学, nihon joshi daigaku.  Most Japanese people shorten to to 女子大学 (joshi daigaku) or even just 女子 (joshi).

The first part of the test was about an hour, one part kanji reading and writing and one part grammar.  Both were slightly frustrating as I forgot some of the kanji I should have known and I didn’t have enough time to finish the whole grammar section.  The second part of the test was much longer and consisted of a pile of kanji that I had never seen before and a pile of multiple choice grammar questions that I couldn’t even read, much less understand enough to pick a correct answer.  I understood maybe three questions out of the whole grammar part of that test.  It was really annoying.  But I wasn’t the only one; only the really advanced students figured out some of what was on there.

After the tests, we went to the cafeteria to have lunch.  And we discovered an absolutely classic example of Engrish on the way there.  Perhaps they’re trying to imply that their food has a French flair to it?  Or maybe they’re trying to duplicate the McDonald’s McCafe commercials.  I dunno.  Everyone took the obligatory snapshot and then we got our grub.

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