December 26, 2011
We stopped at a rock shop to buy huge chunks of quartz and ogle the various exotic metamorphic minerals; as an igneous petrologist I wandered off and was promptly accosted by the resident cat.
A brief preview of what’s to come…
What’s more scary than double consonants in Japanese? Long vowels. Shorten a long vowel accidentally and you’re calling someone “devil” and not “older brother”, or worse. Sometimes I feel like the samurai Hanagami Danjo no jo Arakage fighting off a gigantic salamander when it comes to wrestling Japanese vowels.