Thursday, September 27, 2012

Tough Week

So this week has been pretty tough for me.

Just dealing with the stress of my first test in addition to my friend Emiko visiting.  Which was really fun, but because of that I couldn't study much.

But thankfully the test was really easy! I was pleasantly surprised!

Getting ready for the weekend, I really need sleep.

But Sunday I'm going to Shibuya with a friend, which should be fun and I'm really looking forward to it!

So far my favorite store in Japan is Book Off. This place sells used games and books at very cheap prices. I can get all the Japanese games that I wanted but couldn't get back home! I love this place!

Wednesday, September 19, 2012


Well, I must be adjusting well to say not not much has happened lately.

Just the normal school and stuff.

Though at my field placement I was a model for a special photo-shoot session, which was really fun!

This weekend I plan on doing homework, eating and sleeping.

And meeting my conversation partner for some conversing.

Even in Japan I'm a homebody.

Friday, September 14, 2012

The Most Badass Cat in the World

Let me just say that today I experienced my first earthquake! it woke me up at 3 AM this morning and it was a 5.2 magnitude, so it wasn't dangerous but the shaking was annoying, lol

And today I walked my host family's dog, Choco, and apparently their cat Marie, walks with Choco.

So the cat tagged along, and she was lagging behind....when another dog approached her. I was pretty far away from her at that time, but all of a sudden I hear a loud cry and a dog running and whining with its tail between its legs. And Marie was attacking it!

She launched into the air and smacked that dog's face! The dog owner had to shoo her away!

Many spectators watched and laughed, while I quietly kept walking like I wasn't associated with that cat.

But then she caught back up with us later, and we all walked home.

An interesting day.

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

A Good Day at Work

Today was a pretty good day.

First I was riding the train. Then it stopped and I was getting excited that everyone was getting off. I was like "Yeah I can snatch a seat!", but then a woman motioned to me to come to her. I got off the train, and she spoke to me in English saying "This train is stopped, it wont go any farther. Wait for the next train." and sure enough the train's sign changed to "Out of Service". I thanked the woman and told her I needed to go to Omote-Sando, she assured me the next train would go there, and sure enough it did. As I got off the train, I bowed slightly to her and she smiled in return.

Her kindness was very much appreciated. And her English was really good!

Today at work I sliced up cardboard with a knife, I felt like a badass. ;D

Then they asked me to translate a whole letter from Japanese to English, I was quite surprised as they are a Japanese company with no English speaking audience, at least that's what I thought.

But I translated the letter anyway, it took quite a long time as there was a ton of kanji I didn't know, but thankfully my co-worker wrote all of the kanji in hiragana for me to make my life easier.

But even then translating was difficult, getting the same connotation in a different language is challenging. To be honest I don't know why they would trust my translation, cause I'm sure it's horrible! But thankfully it was a description of the artist autographing event that I worked at, so I could draw upon my memory of the event to adequately describe it in English.

After I finished that, they began discussing my cosplaying. On the 26th, they plan to dress me in my maid's dress with fox ears and tail, do my make-up and my hair.

I didn't really know what all they were saying, but it sounds fun!

Though I have no idea why they're cosplaying me... guess I'll find out then!

Sunday, September 9, 2012

First day

Well today was the first day of class. It was alot different than my Japanese class back in the states. We dont do grammar at all really. We just talk, and talk....and talk. Which is hard right now but it's also really good for me cause that's where I need to improve on.

Today on the train home I saw a girl with tons of Tales keychains and was reading the Tales magazine. I wanted to talk to her so badly, but she had her headphones in.  I hope she's on my train again, I WANNA TALK ABOUT TALES GAMES!!!!!!!!! XD

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

So I may be in love with this country.

I bought three video games today. All PSP RPGs. Tales of Phantasia X, Tales of Versus, and .Hack//Link.

I IS SO EXCITED!! They will be my motivation to learn more kanji, besides class.

Also, there are Pokemon goods in every store.

I just wanna buy it all! But I will show restraint. For now. ;D

Going karaoking for the first time this saturday. That'll be interesting, and hopefully fun!

Tuesday, September 4, 2012


I feel rather frustrated as of late.  The excitement is fading off and now I'm just feeling really lonely and isolated. My Japanese is very poor, despite all of my study.  I really hope I can improve rapidly once classes actually begin. Because the language barrier is really lonesome.

Sigh...maybe I'm going through some culture shock, lol

Though my host brother let me play his Monster Hunter game, course it was in Japanese so I didnt get far, but I was happy with the gesture. I'm hoping I can play more with him soon.