It might’ve not been the best idea to go to the Open House at my school (where I study Japanese) after a month of not reading/studying anything remotely related to anything Japanese. Seriously, I have not been watching any J-dramas, anime or even reviewing my lessons (Yes, I’m a bad student. Don’t act surprised.) since the week before I left for New Zealand, which is about a month ago. I guess it was really stupid of me to try the Trivia Booth to win a prize then, huh? It’s just that… it looked fun! Besides, I didn’t do that badly. I think.
It goes like this: There are 3 Categories: Japan, Anime/Music, and Nihongo. You give Php3.00 to get one question. If you answer that correctly, you go on to the next category, and then the next. If you answer all 3 correctly, you get a prize. Fun, right?
Anyway, I totally messed up the first question I got, though they didn’t blame me because it was about Japanese Classic Literature, and nobody knows much about that. (Although I should, since I studied it in college. 😐 But the people in charge of the booth didn’t know that, so…) Still, I was frustrated I wasn’t able to answer the first question they asked, so I gave them another 3 pesos and hoped that the next question they’d ask would be easier. I even chose it from the same category: Japan.
And sure enough, the next one I got was a lot lot easier: What prefecture is Tokyo Disneyland located in? (The answer is Chiba, for those of you who didn’t know, and are curious.) And the next one was somewhat easy, too. In the category of Anime/Music, I was lucky to get one from an old anime, one that I watched at the time that I was still really really into anime: Rorouni Kenshin. It was a bit tricky though and I almost didn’t get it: What era was the RK OAV Trust & Betrayal set in?
So at first I answered “Meiji Era” since that’s the setting of Rorouni Kenshin, but at the last minute I remembered that Trust & Betrayal was a flashback of Kenshin’s old life, so I changed my answer to “Tokugawa Era”. Yeah, that’s probably nothing to you anime addicts out there, but for someone who hasn’t been into anime for a long time like me, I’m quite proud of myself for remembering that detail. 🙂 And I got to the third category for it.
Unfortunately, by that time, my luck had run out, and I got a question I wasn’t able to answer correctly. And it was embarrassing too because it was something I was really supposed to know. The last category was Nihongo, and I was supposed to translate this statement: I will be in Japan from April 6 to October 31 next year.
It’s technically Elementary 1 stuff, and because I’m already in Elementary 3 I’m not supposed to struggle with it. But… but… it was just too long a sentence! 😥 And it’s got dates and the “be” verb, which is just really really difficult. I think it was the particles that got me. It’s always the particles that make me fail anyway. 😦 So, yeah, the sentence I said was wrong, and I didn’t get the prize I was supposed to get. The people at the booth were really nice though and gave me a prize anyway. For the effort, I guess. But instead of the CD (or maybe it was a DVD or something else I don’t know, it was gift-wrapped), I got a keychain instead. It’s a cute keychain though, it’s got a monkey on it. Hehe.
So I don’t think I wasted any time going to the school’s Open House since I got to see my friend and we got to do fun Japanese stuff, i.e. tea ceremony, wear a kimono, watch a sumo-wrestling match, and eat onigiri :). But it did remind me of something that makes me a bit sad, or if not sad, scared: I am totally unprepared for my midterm exam this Saturday. 😯