now, this is all way too good to happen. i still can't believe i had this much luck today. but first things first.
claire had told me about a free japanese course near where i live, so i went there at 10 am to see if they have a place for me. i learned that it's mostly elderly japanese men and woman who volunteer to teach foreigners for free. thats so nice, i am really grateful. i can go there once a week, but there are other schools like this all over osaka, so, to learn faster, maybe i'll visit another one as well.
i then wandered the shopping arcades around namba station. there's a park in between all the highways crossing town and skyscrapers. it's a building with trees on every floor, some rivers and a playground for children.
|namba park from above ...|
|... and from below.|
on my way back, i finally bought some dishwasher and other household stuff i was to lazy to get till now, collected a month's supply of free tissues and said hello to a gigantic crab at kuromon market.
|(i just like the roof)|
also, i found this little fellow:
i just had time to change my clothes, because i had an interview with a graphic design agency named kokokumaru at 3 pm., so i rushed and still was 15 minutes late. but all went really well, far better than i even dared hoping before (the boss, takahashi-san, even speaks english. yay!). instead of taking me as an intern for just two or three weeks, he said i'd do the internship till the end of the year and then we'd see how to go on. and i only need to come on mondays, wednesdays and fridays, so i have enough time left to learn japanese. he showed me some of the books in which his works are published and also one of his own books. i love his work, that's why i only applied at his office and not for even one other agency in japan. i was really happy then, when they (he and his co-worker) told me that i could join them for a graphic design vernissage this evening. now i started to fly.
it was just a really tiny vernissage, one little room, but there must have been quite a lot important osaka designers. i talked to some thanks to makiko, the co-worker and now i have a stack of business cards from people who invited me to their office (mind you, i was already floating above the clouds of happiness).
and now, to gloriously crown the day, takahashi-san invited me and makiko to a dinner. it amused them that i am vegetarian, but they tried to find as much as possible on the menu for me, which ended up being far too much for my poor little stomach, but, since i haven't had the time to eat since breakfast, it was perfect.
so, from today on, i'm a happy little intern in a graphic design agency in japan. what more could i wish for? exactly, payment, but i'll give that some time. haha!