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Japan takes a rather unusual perspective on the world and its interesting to see the rest of the world through the eyes of Japanese people. For one, everything seems a million miles away. Events in America, Europe, Iraq all seem to occur in another parallel universe. Yet, even the American election and inauguration of Obama have had a huge impact over here.

At an izakaya (pub) last night I became aware of the full impact when talking to three Japanese about the inauguration. None of them spoke any English other than very basis words such as “hello” and “thank you” etc. But all three of them knew the words from his acceptance speech – “Yes We Can”.

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My birthday, which I was expecting to be lonely dull and boring, turned out to be one of the best ever. No less than 5 people made me cakes (thank you to Rumi, Cynthia and Joy, Diana and a random Japanese girl I don’t really know) and although I hadn’t really planned anything, we sat out in the green area of Nanzan for the entire afternoon in gorgeous warm weather (wearing a t-shirt on my birthday has got to be a first!)  eating sushi and snacks. It was lovely because everyone passes through there and I saw a lot of my Japanese friends and other well wishes during the course of the afternoon. We then spent the rest of the evening at Phucs house eating yummy Vietnamese food.

I don’t really remeber why but for some reason Yasha said something which provoked a response and although I thought I could jokingly kickbox-high-kick him, I actually kicked him in the shin and ended up in a world of pain. I think I may have broken or slightly damaged my right big toe, as it is now black all over. I can kind of bend it but it hurts a lot. Its also very swollen. Is this a bad thing? I havent paid my health insurance yet so I think I will leave it and hope it gets better!

Obviously I am also extremely pleased that my birthday coincided with such a momentous day in the world of politics; Hooray for Obama!! I only know one person who voted against him and they shall remain annonymous for their own safety!! Hopefully Obama will live up to his promises. The fact that he got elected shows that the America is ready for change and I believe that he will have a positive impact on not only america but the world in general. I think the right man won so I’m happy.

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