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savvy
14 March 2009 @ 06:26 pm
Post-Korea
Now I've been to two countries in Asia. ^^ I went with two of my friends from my dorm. None of us really had a good idea what Korea would be like, we had heard of cheap prices on most things though, so we were pretty excited about that. The day we got there doesn't really count because all that happened is that two of us got screwed by the exchange of yen to won at Narita airport. When we got to Incheon, they exchanged it for DOUBLE what we got. So after getting over the idea of almost being super rich for 10 days, we took a taxi to the hostel, which took about one and half hours. We were really tired by the time we got to the hostel, as it was basically 11pm and we had been traveling all day (it takes two hours to get from our dorm to the airport, a three hour flight, and another two hours to the hostel). Here's the hostel and our room (we shared a three person room):
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Our ideas when planning this trip were not of grandeur. We just wanted to get good food, shop, see the sights, and relax. So that's what we did. We kinda did everything semi-spontaneously... whatever we felt like doing that day, at most we planned one day in advance. The hardest part was budgeting since Sanja and I had less money than we had planned. It all worked out and we're much better at budgeting than we thought. (plan: spend every last penny, just have at least enough for food everyday; we spent our last few won the morning we left)

We started measuring everything in terms of kimbap, (1000 won or about $1 - and two kimbap can fill you up) like "oh those pants are nice... but you COULD get 10 kimbap and a CD for that..." Haha actually, we're still doing it after coming back to Tokyo. Once setting foot back on Japanese soil, we were once again poor and food being outrageously expensive here, we just wanted our kimbap back. ^^; Unfortunately, I somehow managed to not get any photos of our favorite food from Korea.

Korea was strangely welcoming. They're MUCH louder than the Japanese so we were no longer the "yelling" foreigners, but just foreigners. They also give you take out boxes at restaurants. AKA portions are big enough for take out boxes!! Movies are super cheap (cheaper than the US) and they have all the foods we were missing: pizza with cheese!!, mexican food, salads with lettuce not cabbage, HUGE bunch of delicious bananas for 2000 won ($2) ... you get the idea.

Some things were really funny though. Pizza Hut, Baskin Robins, and Dunkin' Donuts are really popular and you can find them basically everywhere. But... unlike in the US, they're classy places. xDD

Exhibit A: Dunkin' Donuts
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and the inside:
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Exhibit B: Pizza Hut
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Exhibit C: Baskin Robins
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Oh, and McDonalds delivers, and Gandalf guards the movie theater.
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It was no surprise though that it smelled like kimchi and garlic everywhere (yup, that's huge bags of garlic).
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Don't worry though, we had a day of cultural events. xDD We visited two palaces and went to the fish market.
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meal we got at a restaurant near the fish market (we shared all this but it was A TON of food, and it kept coming, this wasn't even all of it!)
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As I said, our Korean was VERY limited (I knew the most and that's not saying much), but we managed to get by just fine by pointing at things and using fingers to gesture how many... movies were the best. The first night we kept saying the title over and over, eventually having to take a photo of the poster to get him to understand (obviously had a very different title in korean). After that we collected movie flyers to the movies we wanted to see. Much easier. The one cab drive we took in the middle of the week was the most difficult, he didn't speak english and all I could understand was "do you have their phone number? no? no? aishhh"

Only had one hiccup in the plan really. On the second night I got food poisoning or something. Whatever it was, it was NOT a pleasant night for me. The next day we took a day off, I told them to go do stuff but they just went and got me rice porridge and saltines. I'm not sure why I got sick though because I ate the EXACT same things as Lily did... all I can figure is that I had a lot of cheese that day, something I haven't had now for 6 months. Apparently I can no longer tolerate it. And word to the wise, getting sick in a foreign country SUCKS. I really wanted my Mommy and some apple sauce. Didn't get either. But Lily, Sanja, and the managers of the hostel were awesome. It was really frustrating to me because then I was really careful to not eat as much spicy stuff, afraid I would get sick again, so I didn't have anywhere near enough kimchi/korean food. And thus, I must go back.

Here are some random photos I couldn't fit in the categories above:
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All in all, I had an excellent time in Korea. I would definitely go back, but I'd love to learn some more Korean first. The trip really made us appreciate the little Japanese we do know. At least we can tell the man at the subway station he gave us the wrong ticket and we want the one worth XX. T__T I hope you all had an excellent start to March as well! The family will be here in less than a week now, and I'm really excited to show them around/see them. ^^

As always, my Flickr has better photos, so go visit!!
 
 
savvy
26 February 2009 @ 02:08 pm
Hello All!!
Sorry, that once again, I have neglected this blog and I'm sure all of you are just DYING to know what I've been up to. Lucky for you this huge break in writing has let me gather some great adventures to retell.

Let me start with New Year's. A few days after my last post we went to Tokyo Tower to see the city, and hopefully Mt. Fuji. A lot of other people had the same idea, as the first few days of every year are the clearest, but we were rewarded for waiting in a two hour line. I have photos, and you will see them shortly, but let me just say that these do NOT do any justice to how amazingly beautiful and clear it was that day. Fuji looked colossal and we could see for miles.

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Look! It's the tower's shadow!!
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That same day we went to the Imperial Palace, in hopes of catching a glimpse of the Emperor. Unfortunately by the time we got there he was back in hiding and you'd never know there was an event there because all around the Palace was basically empty. But here's one of the gates.

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The rest of January was very boring. Just working on finishing up classes, papers, exams, nothing exciting. So skip to February, a few other girls in my dorm and I went to Hokkaido (the northern most island of Japan) for the Sapporo Snow Festival. It was amazing. We stayed in a sister dorm right in Sapporo. We were close to everything we wanted to do. Everything was beautiful and snow-covered, it snowed every day we were there! <3 Unfortunately I suffered a few injuries while there, mostly ice related, but it did make the week a little harder for me. But being the Great Savvy I am, two hurt knees (and on the last day a strained/twisted ankle) can't get me down! It was a week of some of my favorite things, snow, great food, and fun. And now begins massive pic spam.

My room
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and view from it
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collection of random photos/fish market
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sapporo government building
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FACE building!! haha
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walkin' like penguins
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food themed bowling alley
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cool stuff at Sapporo beer factory
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cable car we took around town
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a beautiful park we visited
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snow was DEEP!! most of the time (at the park especially) we were walking on top of all that
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so benches looked like this
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delicious sweet potato kit kat
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pikachu!!
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view of the city from the nearby mountain
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from our ferris wheel ride
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and BALLOON pudding!!
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and now for the snow sculptures
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CRAZY band
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Finland
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Thailand (it won)
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So there you have it. ^^ We got back on February 11th, and since then I haven't been doing much. I did go to the Ghibli Museum (of which I have no photos because I forgot my camera >< AND we weren't allowed to take photos inside). It was really fun seeing all that art work (it's a museum for a famous Japanese animation director, Miyazaki. Movies that made it to the US are Howl's Moving Castle, Spirited Away, and Princess Mononoke). Other than that, I have been studying some Korean for my trip to Korea (I leave on March 1st!!) and planning for that trip. We're getting so excited! I'm going with two of the girls in my dorm. We can't wait for the Kimchi Museum... among other things. xD I get back from Korea on the 10th of March, and then nine days later the fam comes in to Tokyo! Then, one of my friends and I are planning on going to Okinawa (the tropical islands of Japan). Just for a well rounded vacation. ^^

I hope you are all doing well. I will try to post Korea photos as soon as I get back!! Oh, and go visit my Flickr page, because I have some new photos from these trips up there (and they're better than these photos ^^) <http://www.flickr.com/photos/savvy_photos/>
Hope this wasn't too pic spammy~~ xD
<3
 
 
savvy
31 December 2008 @ 12:38 am
As promised, photos to match the last post. Since then I have gone to Odaiba and Kamakura so those will also be in here. Those little day trips are so refreshing and fun. Kamakura was great, we got to smell/see the ocean and it was so quiet there. Odaiba was really just a day of fun, running around and being happy.
Happy New Year's everybody! I hope you have excellent resolutions and we can stick to them. <3

In order of travel:



DISNEY

got a little too excited... photo RIGHT after exiting train station
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all decorated for Christmas
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Disney castle!!
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Nightmare haunted house <3
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poor Donald wanted to ride the merry-go-round
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guys forced to come by their girlfriends, as made obvious by the attire
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photo of fail but hats of awesome
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jack sparrow!!! he was spot on for the voice and behavior
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where we had dinner
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that looked like this
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and can't forget the Mickey waffles
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and WALLE~~~
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just a random delicious waffle i had the week of Christmas
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AQUARIUM II (SHINAGAWA)

too bad the window was dirty
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but there was a tunnel!
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and lots of fishies
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a seal show
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and a dolphin show
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and then we saw the lights
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ODAIBA

rainbow bridge
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look mom! i saw the statue of liberty!
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and this huge anchor!!
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i promise that grey triangle in the distance is Mt. Fuji xD
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awesome indoor mall painted/built like italy
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then we found toys r us
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a beautiful sky
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and the ferris wheel!
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KAMAKURA

first temple we visited
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and every good temple has awesome fish
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the giant buddha! looks photoshoped but i SWEAR we went!
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i just really liked this wall ><;;
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and we could see the ocean
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so we followed the smell xD
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*phew* that took too long. hope you enjoyed! xD
<333
 
 
savvy
28 December 2008 @ 01:00 am
WOW!!! How did that month and a half (or a bit more...) go by so fast?!

Well first things first, I must give you all good news, which I really should have done a lot longer ago. The last entry was quite depressing and, as expected, I got over it. Rather quickly I might add. Now I've just got a weird mix of really wanting to stay in the present, learn as much as I can and keep moving forward, wherever that may be, meanwhile still wanting to come home... at least to visit. ^^; Sorry to keep you worried for long, I kept meaning to update about my status of culture shock but hadn't gotten around to it.

Now, for things I've done since then. The next few weeks after I updated last were jammed full. Lots of birthdays (including my 21st!), some midterms, research for a big paper, and of course, Thanksgiving. Mostly I've been busy with schoolwork, but Thanksgiving, and now this Christmas break, have been welcome company. Thanksgiving we didn't get school off but two of my American friends and I decided to have our own, albeit tarnished Thanksgiving. They had been sent mashed potato and stuffing mixes by their parents, and since Turkey can really only be found in Subway and Disneyland here, we settled for KFC (bit of a side note: KFC is the meal of choice on Christmas as apparently when they were introducing KFC to the Japanese market it was decided that the marketing strategy would be "this is what Americans eat on Christmas!" and now it is impossible to go to KFC on Christmas and there are waiting lists, supposedly xD). I made a huge bowl of all the vegetables we could find, and we found a place that had pumpkin tarts, not the same but still tasty. So that was a fun adventure, although our stuffing ended up tasting like water and we weren't in the Thanksgiving mood because we definitely didn't eat enough. ^^;

After that I was back in school mode, except for December 8th, when I took my first trip to Disney. It was AWESOME! Having well prepared myself with all manner of Disney soundtracks and watching many movies again, I was delighted to find out that we had so many choices of hats and waffle toppings. Although we thought we had picked a random monday it must have been a secret holiday because EVERYONE was there. It was still tons of fun though and now I need to go to Disney Sea, where they are said to have Jasmine's palace!!

Then back to school work for a few more weeks. And now on into our short Winter break. On Christmas Eve we went to the school where they had mass services all day. We accidentally ended up at a Japanese one, but it was still quite nice. Quite interesting to here and know hardly any of the vocabulary but still basically know what is going on. Then on Christmas I made french toast for everyone, and we had a fruit salad (yay for splurging on fresh fruit and veg on holidays!), it was quite nice. That night we went to see Walle and were quite surprised that it was subtitled instead of dubbed.

Yesterday I went with some friends to another acquarium (this one had a tunnel!), then to karaoke, and dinner was okinomiyaki (basically... a delicious pancake? I don't know how else to explain it... It has a batter and whatever you order to put in, I got kimchi and shrimp). Hopefully before the break is over we will take a few day trips, and plan some longer ones for the long break in Feb/March.

I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas and holiday season. I'm sure you are planning wonderful things for the New Year. I think I will have a picture post soon, so be on the look out!

~~ Savvy
 
 
savvy
06 November 2008 @ 05:39 pm
Hey all~~

Sorry it took me so long to let you know my new address and update you with photos of it. I'm still not completely settled... I haven't posted up very much on my walls, as you will see, and I need an extension cord so I can push my desk back into it's spot. But it's a cute room with lots of storage, a mini balcony, and lots of other people to hang out with. We've been cooking together a lot so that's really fun. Here are some photos!

my bed, the front door, and my closets
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my desk, bed, mini-fridge... i guess i didn't really get the bookshelf in a photo... it's between my closets and my desk
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the balcony and "view"
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My new S-Mail:

2-32-5 Minami-cho Warabi city, Saitama, Japan 335-0003



Onward, to less happy matters. I now know how weird and hard culture shock can be. I remember studying culture shock in my Comm 101 class last year and thinking, "oh the novelty can never wear off of Japan~~!" Well... I'm here to tell you it can. And did. I believe I am at the homesick stage. The first month was for sure very fun and so exciting. I couldn't believe I was in Japan let alone going to be here for such a long time, and I was meeting a lot of really cool international students, most of whom I expect to be friends with for a long time. Plus classes started and I was settling into a routine, learning the stations and still finding it funny that the Japanese don't seem to sweat, even when pressed against 5 other people in the wee hours on the commute in the morning. Then came the surprise of having to find new housing and knowing I wouldn't be with my host family anymore. It was a complete shock and threw me off but it wasn't anything I couldn't handle. I had my day or two of really missing people, but for the most part everything was very exciting.

Now... I'm seeing things differently. Moving in general just sucks but let me tell you that moving on trains sucks more. That's really not what's eating me though. I miss a lot more than I thought I would, and don't seem to be making friends with anyone but international students. This week too was probably the worst. Hopefully it'll all get straightened out soon, but it's just a big mess right now.

Allow me to elaborate. On Monday I sent a message to my pen pal, apologizing for not emailing recently from all my busy-ness. She answered and for some reason I couldn't read all of it. I thought maybe it was because I was on the train, so later I tried to retrieve the rest of it but it kept giving me this strange message. Then I got a mail from Softbank (my phone company) and as their usually all in Japanese I just scroll through to see if I can read any of it and this time at the bottom there was English too. "..blah blah... If you do not send us your current address your contract will be terminated." The scariest part about that message is that I hadn't had time to tell them yet I had moved. Now my phone doesn't do anything. I can only receive messages, not send or reply. (Yesterday I went to Harajuku to fix the problem with an English speaking worker and they said it'd be fixed within 2-3 hours.... now it has been... 26ish hours...) On Tuesday I bought my new commuter pass and got refunded for my old one. That was hard enough, fumbling my way through, luckily a very nice man works in Yotsuya station and he was very happy to help me (and tolerated my horrible Japanese). Then Yesterday I had major problems getting into and out of stations. So add these together and that's not MAJOR... just my phone doesn't work and neither does my commuter pass... meh. But wait, there's more. My iPod keeps dying... like, dead dead. I don't have a wall charger so I can't fix it and this also means my battery life has gone away.... or something equally horrible. So now I have to find a wall charger or something so that I can listen to SOMETHING other than people breathing on the train.

Oh the trains! Yeah... not so funny anymore. More frustrating really. The commute from my new place to school is slightly worse, it's a bit shorter but way more crowded. It's a lot harder to get off the train at your stop and make the next train... And I get stared at. A lot. It's beginning to be quite annoying. It's not like little kids either... it's the old men who have to peer from around a corner or other people and just stare. It was funny at first but now... it's definitely getting creepy. AND there's only like... five fresh fruits and vegetables to choose from in the grocery store, and looking at the prices will just make you cry (and apparently it's always like this, high prices and no selection). They have; bananas, tangerines, apples (one kind), persimmons, grapes (one kind), and pears(one kind). Don't get me wrong, the fruit is good, but ... I miss the variety of fairly cheap fruit!!

Also, the Japanese students aren't nearly as friendly as everyone said they would be. They're very nice, that's not a problem, all the Japanese people I have met are very nice but it's always small talk, never with the intent of ever hanging out again, and usually they just want to speak English. I'm not practicing Japanese enough at all and I'm not sure how to get to. My Japanese tutor is really nice but since she's Korean... well I'm starting to know more Koreans than Japanese. Also my classes are kinda boring and not taught very well... I feel kinda like I'm back in high school where all the teachers are just teaching so that you'll pass the test. Its almost like I'm wasting this year.

I dunno... I guess everything is just very different than what I expected and I kinda wanna come home... but then then I don't because I'd be letting all of you (and me) down. I did "fix" my commuter pass today... but everything else remains questionable.

It's been almost 7 weeks and I already want to come home? -_- PLUS I really wanted to be home for the election. Watching it in the embassy was a lot of fun and I'm definitely glad I found out about it because finding out on the internet would have been so lame and boring. But I've never seen our country so united, hearing stories of the shear happiness and relief after the elections, and I've never been so proud to say, I'm American. It was amazing watching the coverage from Martin Luther King's church and Kenya, hearing Obama speak and feeling like he's inspiring people to come together. I was even interviewed (along with a few other students I went with... oddly we were the only white/American students there...) by an apparently conservative newspaper. So I'll keep checking to see if it's posted online and if it is then I'll let you know! Although... it'll be in Japanese... ><; Anyway... I'm just missing all the comforts of home and feeling quite hopeless.

I really hope that the election was as exciting for you as it was for me, and that things are going just swimmingly there in the U.S. of A.

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Current Music: Guster~~
 
 
 
savvy
Alrighty. So here's some big news.

On Tuesday last week I got back to the house and no one was here, but I had been in contact with my host mom and new she'd be home late. Then around 7:30 I get a message saying that I should wait for dinner, if I'm not too hungry, because she is bringing sushi. YAY!! ***warning, this is not usual... so if you are in Japan _especially with a host family_ this is probably not as awesome as you think it is*** So I was really excited to have sushi!! Haha. THEN after dinner she made us real green tea... not the bag stuff but the really thick powder tea. Still I was oblivious to the exctravegance and potential bad omens...
Then my host dad said, "We have something important to tell you... At the end of this month we have to move..."
my thoughts **oh well that's inconvenient... maybe it's closer to school!**
"I just found out yesterday from my company that I have to go to New Zealand."
**Ohhh New Zealand is pretty!! wait... blink blink... WHATTTT???? o__O**
"We feel really horrible for putting you in this position. We have really enjoyed having you stay with us, and wish it could have been longer."
**so ... this is real...**
"I called the school today to let them know the situation and they asked for you to come talk with them tomorrow."
**maybe I'll have a TV in my new home stay! But Madoka and Ayaka are sooooo cute~~~ :(**
"We are so sorry, it's really hard."

So this past week has been filled with confusion on where I should live now. I was convinced I would be able to get into another home stay quite easily... but they have all been filled and so that was now not an option. So then I had to choose between three dorms. One I really wasn't interested in so it was down to two. One is like a bunch of apartments and although I would get my own "kitchen" and bathroom... I really would never see anyone. It was also so tiny that I couldn't imagine where I would cook/store food and what I would do with my suitcases, AND they don't have INTERNET~~~! BUT it was a lot closer to the school, the cheapest option, and I know two of the people living there. But in the end I chose the dorm where most of the international students live. It has a big community kitchen and the room is sizable. I know a lot of people living there, and they have a sister dorm we can stay in in Sapporo (Hokkaido) so I can go up there whenever I want (aka when I have the money to...)! It was an extremely quick decision to have to make and I'm still wondering if I made the right one. But it is only for 10-ish months and I probably whichever one I picked would/will be fine. So that is the whole story. Oh, except that I move into the new dorm on Thursday this coming week. Soooo I'll post up photos of my new place when I get it all set up.

Moral: Sushi platters are a means of softening a big blow... the bigger the platter, the bigger the blow. So don't think twice before you eat all the tastiest pieces. ^^
 
 
savvy
17 October 2008 @ 09:31 pm
WOOOT Finally have time to post these photos~~

First, a few random ones outside my home stay building.
A view from the bus stop looking up:
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And the sidewalk next to the park and school area across the street.
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These next few are from Madoka's Undokai. It's a sports festival that schools have every year for the kids... kinda equivalent to field day. Only... it seems really fun. Haha at least for the little kids. ^^

Each class had different color hats. ^^ Madoka's class was navy blue.
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Yay tug of war~~ They played the Rocky theme when each class came out. xDD
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Then all the classes got prepared for the final event while the parents played the games the kids played earlier. ^^ And they just looked too cute so I took too many photos. ><
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Madoka's class had white.
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Then they all performed a choreographed dance. They did really well!!
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And even Ayaka had a good time. ^o^
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This next batch I imagine won't be too interesting to some of you... sorry~~ (Don't worry!!! Fishy pictures are coming next~~) Last week I went to the Tokyo Game Show... aka Nerd Convention!!!! Haha. I was really just going because I had nothing else to do on my Sunday... but it turned out to be fun.
For those of you who don't know, as I didn't, Tokyo Game Show is a convention of video games and the companies let you play games that haven't come out yet, vote for games that should come out, play SUPER new games... etc. I played Cooking Mama on the Wii~~~ It was EXCELLENT and now I need a Wii!! Haha.
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There were cute characters:
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And tons of cosplay-ers:
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We got to play Kindom Hearts Mobile~~~ soooo cute. ^^
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See character art for games yet to come out:
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PENGUINS~~~
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A game that Shun and Maki are both voices for characters. <3
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Of COURSE figurines that you could buy of all the characters known to man kind.
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Games we weren't supposed to take photos of... ><;
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And a "Lost Child Center" xDDD
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Cooking Mama~~~
(I even won free food erasers just for playing!)
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And for Sara, the Ai Nori bus~~~~ DUDE that was hard to get a photo of! Haha. I saw the sign and made a bee-line for it. xDD
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Then we had dinner near Tokyo Station and they happened to have a University art exhibit going on.
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This guy is made out of styrofoam! Sooooo cool and huge!
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And NOW for the Aquarium photos!!
Sabine and Ayumi
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(a surprisingly still excited even though we were done) Lily and Sanja
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The underside of a manta ray! Have you ever seen it??? xD
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Hugemongous crabs (a little kid yelled to his dad "tabetai~~" (I want to eat it!) xDDD )
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Silver fishies!! and a super cute couple that came in at the same time as us. He tried to jump into one of our photos... unfortunately it had already been taken ><
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Really? these are fish??
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NEMOs~~
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Penguins?
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and a guinea pig/deer thing...?
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and huge birds
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and now back to fish. ^^
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TURTLE!!!
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and my favorite, jellies~~ "you shall be my squishy" xDD
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And when we were leaving they had a seal competition/show. ^^
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Yay aquarium!!!

Whew that was a lot of photos! Now you don't need any for like.... three/four weeks right? Haha. I hope you are all doing well. I shall be having a rather strange yet important entry soon pertaining to my living arrangements. Please tune in next week for more details. In the mean time... please don't send snail mail! ^^

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savvy
06 October 2008 @ 08:35 pm
Hello All!

Sorry I haven't had a real post in a while. Honestly though I think pictures are way more fun than reading. xDDD Yet you all are dying to know about my classes and there are no photos to accompany these stories!

OKIE so the first day of classes was last Wednesday and I only have one class on Wednesdays, Japanese (I have Japanese every morning). So that was a super easy day. It seems good although I was sad to find out that I needed to learn a few chapters of kanji to catch up since we hadn't studied them yet. AND that I forgot a lot. >< I'm trying to brush up on everything and once I do I'm sure that class will be A-ok!

Thursday I had two classes (Mondays and Thursdays I have Japanese and one of my Art History classes). I always like art history so I'm sure that class is going to be good. I actually had it again today and she did a lot of history so I think once I'm into my history class all the classes I chose will be fitting together very nicely.

Friday I had three classes (Tuesdays and Fridays I have Japanese, the second of my Art History classes, and my Japanese History class). My art history class on Tuesday/Friday is surprisingly big. The professor seems really cool and he has an interesting way of studying art history (we're only looking at around 20 pieces the whole semester). PLUS we get to go on a field trip soon so that makes any class EXCELLENT in my book. ^^ My history class seems really easy. Which is actually good since I really do want to focus mostly on Japanese. It's a kinda small room but every seat is filled so it is really crowded. The only problem with Tuesdays and Fridays is that lunch will be very difficult since no one has classes from 12:30-13:30 and is therefore deemed lunch time, all the cafeterias are extremely crowded.

Now, my Japanese class starts at 9:15 which means I have to leave around 7:30 (ewwww waking up at 6:30 is going to kill meeeeee). I get to the train station around 8:00 and that is part of the infamous Japanese rush hour. So for about 40 minutes of each week day picture savvvy sardines. Haha. No for real, in that first or second post I said that the train was crowded and I had finally experienced it. THAT WAS A LIE. Any amount of description cannot prepare you for the event that is rush hour. TOTAL CHAOS.

RANDOM CUTENESSSSS:
Today on the train on my way back from school this couple got on and sat across from me. They were super cute. When they sat down the guy got out a mini music player and gave her one head phone and they shared. As soon as the train started moving they both fell asleep (which is DEFINITELY the Japanese thing to do) and it was sooooo cute. Then she woke up and started playing with his music player. It was one of the kind with a clip so she started clipping it on him... like on his ear (which to her dismay provoked nothing) and a few other places until she decided to clip it on his nose. xDDDDD He woke up but had that "omg what is happening i should be sleeping" face and she took it off and couldn't stop laughing because as soon as it was off he was asleep again. THEN (oh yes there is more!!!) she got super excited when we were approaching the stop at Disney Land and so I figured they must be going there. So she got up and had kinda woken him up before the train stopped at the station and then he didn't actually get up so once it stopped she dragged him off like a little kid waking up her parents on Christmas and dragging them to the living room to open presents. ^^ Just thought that was super cute! <3

ONWARD! Yesterday I went to an aquarium with a few international students and one Japanese student. It was a lot of fun. I do have accompanying photos but I will upload them sometime this week. We saw some very strange animals, lots of fish that definitely did not look like fish, the fattest seals I have ever seen, a sunshine fish that was swimming into the wall (you know like a bug flies into a window and doesn't know what's happening so it's actually flying in one spot?), and some weird guinea pig/dear things... haha. There was a show right before we left of a competition of sorts to decide which performing seal was the best overall seal, competing in events like, cuteness, best at having fun, best tricks... you know. ^^ So that was fun. I got some really good photos too so I'll post them up later.

Hopefully this weekend I'll go to a museum or two... we'll see. I definitely need to study Japanese though, so I hope this update will suffice for now.

By the by, just to let you know, those of you who are reading this and DON'T have a LiveJournal account CAN post comments. If you want. Haha no pressure xD. Just be sure to say who's writing either in the subject or at the end of the comment!

Love you all!
Hogs and quiches (^-^)~~
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savvy
02 October 2008 @ 04:04 pm
Just wanted to show these to you guys. I will post an actual entry sometime this weekend I hope. After tomorrow I'll have a few days of classes to share with you and some random stories... so for now here are a few cool photos! ^^

First, Ayaka, as I said loves to steal stuff. This time however it was Madoka's school hat and her mom's rain boots. xDDD
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Alrighty, so today I was walking back from the station and on the bridge right before our group of apartment buildings there was a group of little elementary school kids looking over the railing at something. So of course I had to see what they were seeing! Guess what it was?!?! There were like... 5 or 6 sting rays swimming under the bridge!!! So cool!
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Then I decided you needed to see the bridge and Urayasu on a nice day. ^^

The really tall buildings on the right side are some of the buildings in the group of apartments my home stay is in.
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and the other way.
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Okie dokie, off to do Japanese homework then.
 
 
savvy
28 September 2008 @ 01:53 pm
Hello everyone!

Yesterday I met my pen pal Hiromi near her work place. We had a lot of fun. We had lunch at a Chinese place (which gave us a LOT of really good food) and then walked around near her work.

We visited the shrine that is really close to the Tokyo Tower:
hiromi

After that we walked to Hinode Pier and took a little cruise up the Tokyo Bay to Asakusa. It was really fun and we saw a bunch of bridges. xD

our boat:
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on the way we saw a bunch of food/drink cruise boats, cool river walls, and that really famous fish market that i can't remember the name of.... xD
eat/drink cruise boat

tokyo bay

fish market

and now for bridges ^^ (i'm showing you photos of my favorite ones so the numbers are weird... xD)

bridge #1: Rainbow Bridge
rainbow bridge

bridge #3: Chuo-ohashi Bridge
cool bridge 01

cool bridge 02

bridge #10: Kuramae Bashi Bridge
cool bridge 03

we arrived at the Asakusa port and saw the Kaminarimon shrine again. This time less places in the shrine were open, but it was at night so it looked really cool!
asakusa at night

Then we both decided to get something to drink, so we went to a Denny's close by. Hahaha I know. xDD But we each got floats, which I had to take a photo of because... their cream soda is GREEN!!! xD I got the cream soda one and Hiromi got blueberry. yummy!
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well that's all for now. maybe i'll go watch some japanese tv on my new japanese phone. xDDD