2010年2月26日金曜日

where do you live?

The community centre where I teach a kids' English playgroup is closing for renovations and we're looking for a new place to go.

We started bandying around ideas and I suggested my local community centre.

"Where do you live again?"
"Okubo."
"Umm.... I know that's an area name here but where is it?"
"Do you know the little shop Tamariya?"
"Ummmm... no."
"Do you know the YKK sash factory?"
"Ummmm.... no."
"Do you know the group home for disabled people?"
"Ehhh? There is one?"
"Ok! You know Kinshoji Temple where they hold funerals, right?"
"No..........."

At first I was shocked that someone could live in the village for 10 years and not know about the different areas here. But then I started thinking about it and the woman I was talking to lives downtown, works in Matsumoto and probably doesn't join in the annual climb of Mt Kinshoji or own a mushroom picking license.... And the Tamariya store is really not somewhere you would go out of your way to shop at...

Still seems a bit odd to me but....


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