I came to work this morning and greeted my co-workers. They looked oddly excited and I had to ask “What?!”
Apparently the mayor called the evening before. He needed my assistance and would try again the following day. I would have loved it if they’d contacted me last night and mentioned it so I wouldn’t be meeting the mayor in a black sweater, jeans, and socks with skulls on them.
I mean, I’ve made an educational film about proper dental hygiene with the man, but still…I don’t want to seem too casual.
His assistant called down and summoned me. Mr. West helped me find the office because I get lost in this building. I looked very out of place in his reception room.
His assistant explained that the mayor is bidding to bring an Indian school of some sort to Nagareyama and would be giving a speech and presentation tomorrow to 300 people in English. The Mayor is bi-lingual from his 12 years in America, but he’s out of practice. That made sense, as I was having a hard time understanding why the Mayor would need my advising (as that was the word most used in Japanese).
So, when I met with the mayor I English checked his items and speech for clarity. I am glad he handed me a blue pencil, as I would feel odd correcting the Mayor’s papers with a red teacher pen or pencil.
I was only there for word tweeking but did suggest to him that the library system in Nagareyama would only be a selling point if the libraries had sizable (or any) foreign language sections.
...And I've been back up there for pronunciation checks!
I did mention that if all goes well and they ever need entertainment for a multicultural entertainment I know a Japanese performer and instructor in Indian dance.