We have quite a collecion of people staying here and it is like family. One is a young farmer, whose family farms potato in the north east of Hokkaido. He said it is so cold there that one can see huge blocks of icebergs come down from the Arctic Pole. He is a modern farmer, I think cos he has a laptop, speaks English very well and sometimes goes to Australia to pick fruits. He is here to look for work while the farm is under snow cover. But the bizarre thing is that it looked like he tweezes his eye brow! Hmmm… Maybe he acts in a Japanese theatre like the Kabuki actors ..they have shaped eye brows don’t they? It really looked weird cos all the men here have thick bushy brows and he has a lovely shaped looking eye brows!
Then , there are two chinese brothers. The one brother had a car accident and landed the other driver in hospital and so the company he works for has put up a bail of $2million and he cannot leave Sapporo for the next month or so. His younger brother is here to keep him company and they take turn to cook. For Chinese New Year Eve, they cooked up a huge feast and invited us all to eat. I even had a half glass of beer!
The other guys are a couple of Korean, another young japanese who speaks excellent English and a couple of ladies who do not hang around with us riff raffs. There’s also a young chinese Brain Surgeon who is doing research on brain tumours like my father in law had.
When Lucy and i got here, there were only 10 residents. Now, with the arrival of a few more,including a French man who speaks excellent Japanese, the number has gone up to 16. I hope I will be out of here before the house fills up to 90 in capacity. I cannot imagine trying to take turn to cook!