8/04/2006

初めて、御輿祭り | My first mikoshi festival

今日のみこしまつりは面白くて楽しかったよ。外人35人ぐらい来た。はっぴを着てがんばった。KクラスのダフニさんとLクラスのマークさんも来た。私はみこしをはこんでみたけど、8年前背中の手術を受けたから、むりだった。だから僕が知らない国のフラッグをはこんだ。(まだわからない。)

道のよこに日本人が多かった。僕は「こんばんは!」と言ってあげたら、よくほほえんで「こんばんは!」と答えてくれた。多分「あの黒人は日本語ができる!」という思いを持っていた。そんなびっくりをあげるのが大好きだよ。もちろんまだ下手だけど、だんだん上手になると思う。

子どもたち8人にちょっと会った。子どもは「Hello!」と言ってくれて、僕はそう答えたあげた。けど僕がわからなかった何かを言った。「何ですか。」と僕が答えた。でもあとで友達が説明してくれた。「Will Smith」と言った。え?なんて失礼・・・。ほかに、僕はWill Smithなら、お金持ちだね。お金がないんだけど。

僕らを迎えに来たヤマサの自動車がなかった。びっくいして、うれしくなかった。しかし、道を歩いているときに、車を運転しているOIAの人に会った。あの人は僕と友達一人を送ってくれたよ。あ、よかった~。

ヤマサについたら、アオイホールの隣の無線局の人の声が聞こえた。ものめずらしかったから、建物の前に行った。そこに2人が座って、持ってきたラジオで聞いていた。建物の窓で中の話しているラジオの人が見えた。話したとおりに僕が聞いた。すごかった!

もうすぐ、ほかのみこしまつりに行った人も来た。パットという男の人だった。ラジオの人はパットさんを見覚えた!先週もあの人来たとあの人はあとで説明してくれた。そうか。僕はよく聞かないのに、ラジオが面白いと思う。

ざんねんだけど、10分あとで番組が終わった。しかし、パットさんは建物の中が見たかった。「あんないしてをいただけませんか」と聞いた。大丈夫だと無線局の人は言ってくれた!本当に?

うん、本当だった。ラジオの人と話して、番組のへやに入ってくれた。女の人一人は「私はアメリカ人になりたい」と言った。(え~?)みんなやさしかった。

あんないが終わっ手から、早くへやへ帰った。とてもつかれたし、背中がいたいし、それで終わろうと思っているけど、英語で何か書かないと。

Well, today was the mikoshi festival. We all met at Aoi Hall at 5:15 and headed out in two minivans to the real meeting place. Once there (the second floor of city hall, I think), we were given two onigiri and some tea and it was explained how things were to go.

Once we got to the site, I tried to join in the shrine-lifting but it was too much for me pretty quickly. I had back surgery 8 years ago (already 8?!) so I have be careful. I ended up just carrying the flag of some country. I looked at a list but I still don't know what country is was. "Go, country!" I yelled a couple of times. There were many interesting mikoshi there.

The streets were pretty packed with people. As we walked, I said "Konbanwa" to many people lining the streets. I love that look of shock on their face when they hear me speak Japanese. I just eat that stuff up. They often replied back and I had a few short conversations. Some folks were in the streets fanning us and everything thing. Those are my favorite folks—the ones that treat you like one of the gang.

Some young kids that I stumbled across seemed pretty nice, but they were saying something that I couldn't make out. A friend who overheard later told me that they were calling me Will Smith. Classy. But do I look like I have that kind of money? My friend said that that would have made him pretty upset, but hey, what can you do? It was a bit offensive, though.

We had to perform a little bit in front of some judges—a very simple routine that some of us (not me) had practiced early on—but we ain't winning no prizes, I'll tell you what.

After the festival wrapped up, we returned to city hall to return our happi coats. I was quite pissed to discover that the 300 yen that I paid did not get me a ride back to Yamasa. Quite indeed. Thus, a group of us set us in the general direction of the nearby train and bus station that could get us home. On the way, though, we ran into one of the volunteers and he gave a couple of us a ride home. Sweet!

When I got back to Yamasa, where I'd left my bike, I left music emanating from the on-campus radio station, so I walked over to see what was happening. A couple of people were sitting in front of the building with a radio, listening to the show currently being broadcast. Furthermore, the radio personalities (one guy and two girls) were viewable through the window on the front of the building.

I sat and listened for a few minutes. During this time, another student, named Pat, who had attended the mikoshi festival arrived. The personalities actually recognized him and mentioned him on the air. Apparently, he was there last week as well. That was pretty cool.

The broadcast ended about 10 minutes after I arrived, unfortunately, but Pat scored the two of us a brief tour of the personalities' broadcast room, which was pretty cool. Though I don't listen much, I like radio a fair bit. I spoke with three of the personalities, including a girl who said that she wants to become an American. I took some pictures and got some great conversation practice as well. A great nightcap, all in all. Next week, I intend to go listen to that show again. It airs every Friday from 10 to 11 PM.

So I'm pooped. I intend to IM my friends in America tomorrow before the fireworks begin. I've been disorganized lately have had trouble keeping up with my correspondence to them, which I feel kind of bad about. Gomen!

Well, I'm tired. おやすみ。

(Note: There are some pictures on my underused Flickr page. 僕のあまり使わないFlickerページで写真が少しあるよ. I'll probably add more later or add some to this post (if I can find decent photo hosting) or something.)

3 comments

Matthew said...

Hey Jonathan,

Awesome post. Most interesting. I was just wondering your skype name. I would like to talk to you. You seem like an interesting person. Mine is gooer079

yukikoandbrian said...

Nice post! Darn this make me miss Aomori-ken's Nebuta and Neputa matsuri. If you have not gotten a chance to see it you should sometime.

Jonathan said...

Matthew: I don't really use Skype, to be honest. Once in a blue moon to talk to my parents, but that's about it, I'm afraid!

YaB: Oooo. Sounds intriguing. Thanks for the pointer!