Sunday, April 20, 2008

Otaki Life . . . "sta-to" (start)

Finally arrived in Otaki yesterday!!! Fieldwork has officially begun I suppose. Though yesterday and today were spent getting the house straight. The wife and I are staying in a house built by the village to accommodate people interested in possibly living in the village. It's a nice little place--we have great views of the hillsides that lay to the south of Otaki. No leaves yet, but summer is just around the corner.

Tomorrow I need to go get some things sorted out at the village office, and then it's on to some anthropologicatin'. I'll begin introducing myself to as many people as possible, and trying to find potential interview subjects. Still don't know how the "gaijin"--foreigner--will be received here in Otaki, so things might take a little time to get going. But, the process should be just as informative as anything else.

It's very quiet here in the village. Woke up this morning to the sounds of songbirds--a very pleasant way to wake indeed.

王滝村の皆さんへこれからよろしくお願い致します。

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