Last night at around 11pm, I was snacking and chatting with a friend… Then my apartment floor began to shake. It was a subtle one… I froze for five seconds then started typing to my friend “Shit, earthquake!” She was like, “OMFG Hide under a desk!” At the moment, I was thinking, should I stay indoor or escape? I totally forgot the instructions on the goddamn emergency manual, which I had read before coming. I was about to grab the earthquake kit that my mother packed for me (which was a carry-on luggage with all the survival essentials. But since I got here, it’s mostly occupied by my new shopping goodies.. I guess it’d still be useful to keep myself warm with layers of new clothes :D)… Then it stopped. The entire thing lasted for less than 40 seconds… and I told my friend “False alarm, not a quake.” Maybe it’s a hallucination caused by the plum wine that I was drinking.
Then I told this to my colleagues during lunch today. And they were like…
OH you didn’t know? >>Apparently there was an earthquake in Tokai area today.
So this is your first time?! >>”Well,
I was a earthquake virgin, so what?” I told them, “there was none during my time in Vancouver… although rumor says our time is due, and there’ll be a high magnitude one in the future.”
Really, but earthquakes happen so often in Japan… We already had several during February. >>What? So I’ve been missing out the entire time? At least this is the first one that I could identify as an earthquake.
They are just so used to earthquakes that they didn’t even talk about until I brought it up.
I think this is the one that I felt last night… I was looking at the JMA (Japan Meteorological Agency) website, holy crap, there were so many earthquakes happening in a day.
Anyhow, I should re-pack my emergency kit and brush up on some earthquake survival knowledge. I just realized I didn’t know the Japanese of “Earthquake”, here it is- アースクエーク (a-su-kue-ku)
Today’s lunch I had chirashi sushi (ちらし寿司), basically just sashimi and seaweed on top of sushi rice. The difference between Chirashi Sushi and regular Sashimi Don is it has vinegar in the rice =o=;;
It’s the best lunch I’ve had in my company’s canteen. The set even came with miso soup+cute colourful tofu balls and red bean Mochi for dessert. This is actually a seasonal special lunch for the Hina-Matsuri festival 雛祭り that is going to be on March 3rd << I mentioned it before, it’s Girl’s Festival… and this weekend I’m gonna go see the Hina-Ningyo dolls at Gajoen 雅叙園 ,a traiditional wedding place in Japan.
Some Sushi Etiquette for you… Keep those tips in mind when you visit a Sushi-ya next time =P
Can’t wait to visit those museums over the weekend… hope the weather will be nice (all indoor, so not that it matters anyway).
Interactive Arts Exhibition: http://megei.jp/
Parasitological Museum: http://kiseichu.org/english.aspx
3 thoughts on “No longer an Earthquake Virgin”
ya, my Chinese co-worker (who was in Japan for 10 years & speak fluent Jap) told me Japan is shaking everyday… but you only feel it once in a while…
What other virgin are you? i know you are not clubbing virgin or Rocky Horror virgin.
aww… are you ok?? freaked out?? i guess if it’s only a small one then it’s shouldnt be too dangerous… hope you didnt tell ur mom LOL she might want you to go home now… why didnt you take a pic of the sashimi rice with colorful tofus??? XD love your shopping pictures! have fun this weekend! cant wait to read about it! good break from studying for my midterm… T_T
dude, when are you coming back?