Archive for February, 2008

JLPT results

Tuesday, February 26th, 2008

Nicole and I got our JLPT results back today. We both passed luckily. We thought we would, but weren’t sure by how much. A passing grade is 60%. I got 83% and Nicole got 79%. She was pretty upset that I beat her, since in the practice exams we did, she did better than I did. Anyways, the process was a good one and we look forward to the next exam in December 2008.

Neighbours party

Tuesday, February 26th, 2008

Our neighbours were overseas the last few weeks and the son who’s around 17 had a party while his parents were gone. When I was outside cleaning up, I could hear “chug, chug, chug” chanting coming from inside the house. We heard afterwards that there was a huge mess and even blood on the carpets.

Anyways, late at night we were upstairs when we heard someone outside trying to open the door! Nicole freaked out and I went outside to see what was up and some guy came clambering quickly out from the side of the house, very drunk, saying “gomennasai” (sorry). I spoke to him in english but he just repeated this over and over. Nicole sent him off down the road.

The next day we heard a funny story from our neighbour a bit further on. Turns out, the wife went downstairs and found some kid sleeping on their couch! He’d let himself into the house and crashed on the couch. Erki, the husband sent him off to our neighbour’s place with the party and told them to look after him. Erki’s wife is a police office in Finnland so is used to that sort of thing, but I don’t think she expected the person to be in the house. Fortunately we locked all the doors in our house (we had a barbeque that night and could easily have forgotten to lock the patio door), otherwise we would have found a drunk kid on our couch!

Snow in Yokohama

Tuesday, February 12th, 2008

The weekend before last we had snow in Yokohama. The kids loved it! We were playing outside in the snow and making snowmen (2) and throwing snowballs at each other. It was great! It didn’t last long, but the remains of the snowmen are still in our yard. They say it’s supposed to snow tonight, but I doubt it.