Monday: We went out to a Thai restaurant. My food was literally boiling when the waitress put in on the table. I naively assumed that the bowl's handle was okay to touch, and burned my little finger. The waitress kindly brought me a bag of ice, almost as if she were expecting that to happen. Silly gaijin, right? xP Also, that evening, a 19-year-old young man named Yuki waltzed into the mission office, wanting to know about English class. Elder Yagui, our wonderful commissarian, offered to introduce him to the gospel. Elder Yagui and Elder Etchu taught him about Joseph Smith and they gave him a copy of the Book of Mormon.
Aroundin the morning, all six of us were sleeping peacefully, and then the earthquake warning alarm went off on all five cell phones at exactly the same time. Everyone just kind of rolled over and groaned and waited for it to stop. I felt my bed shake a little bit. When we got up in the morning and checked the weather website, it turned out that the reason we got that alert was because there had been a 6.8 magnitude earthquake up by Fukushima...
...but the epicenter was a ways out in the ocean, so it didn't actually damage much of anything. Which is good, because probably the last thing those nuclear power plants need is another natural disaster.
Elder Berube, Elder Etchu, and Elder Yagui drove out to the countryside to look at apartments for missionaries, and I went and worked with the full-time proselyting elders for the day. We spent most of the day in the park. Since it was the weekend, there were a bunch of craftspeople with booths set up in the park, and a number of musicians hanging out, too. We talked to an old man in a Batman & Robin tank top who said he'd been playing blues for 45 years. He was selling CDs out of his guitar case. He had a belt with an amp on it, an awesome steampunk-looking guitar, and a contraption with a built-in microphone that went around his neck and held a harmonica. We asked him if he would play, and he put all that gear on for us and totally rocked out in that park with his steampunk guitar and harmonica, singing and playing old American blues songs. He was way good at it, too. It was awesome. x3
Elder Yagui and Elder Etchu had another appointment with Yuki. Turns out, he read the entire Book of Mormon in four days, and compared it side-by-side with the Bible (which he's read before) and drew some pretty awesome connections. And he's not even Christian.