Anyway, the lesson itself was very well done - we had a very kind, patient, humorous, and skilled teacher. No complaints there! She was okay with us not having the hiragana and katakana memorized backwards and forwards too; she even romanized a few things for us.
I held my own through the lesson; the people who were better than me were... you guessed it, Chinese. =) And, OH! Wow, there were so many cute Chinese girls there! I wonder if any of them speak a little English... =)
M., A., and I went to Ingrid's Hanami party at the park later on, and F. and D. joined us later. Wow. It was a great experience; all the beer you could drink for $10, yes, but it was more than that. The cherry blossoms had mostly blown off, the skies were gray and later rainy, and the weather was mild, and people were cheery - the whole expereince underlined the transitory nature of life. It was like carpe diem in a glass. M. and I climbed the castle mountain - he talked about some things, and I took a ton of pictures. It was a sublime experience all around.
I got to chat with a lot of new people at the party, and I hope to come out of it with a few friends in the long run. What's more, we all had a great time even though the rain started to pour as it got dark. That reminds me, I've got to put my things away and hang up my wet clothes. Riding slightly inebriated with an umbrella in the driving rain? Not the easiest thing in the world, not by a long shot.
This Sunday is different from all the others that have passed before, because I'm actually kind of looking forward to going back to work. I'm completely prepared for my classes, and I'm looking forward to all kinds of different little things. This is a great time to be here. Wow.