I've never eaten as much ramen as I have in the last 3 months and it doesn't look like I'll be slowing down any time soon. 3 months - that's how long I've been living in Japan so far but it feels like 6! To say I settled in quickly is putting it mildly; everything seemed to click into place while still maintaining a sense of wonder and excitement. From travelling to working to trying new things and of course eating more than I can chew, the nights that I come home feeling utterly exhausted are always mixed with satisfaction. It's a good kind of tired. So here's my completely overdue post summing up some of the best moments!
Ok, wow, where do I even start?! Well first, I'M IN JAPAN! I've been here a week and the first few days were a whirlwind of activities. I was in Tokyo for 3 days in which seminars, socialising and sightseeing were all crammed in; to summarize briefly, I was in the Shinjuku area and visited Akihabara and Shibuya (yup, the place with the famous crossing and Hatchiko statue) and another area that I can't remember. Then I made my way to Mie and the first day was packed with drives to and from school-apartment-town hall and so many in-betweens! But I never felt the fatigue until actually plonking into bed (well, futon). My experience so far has been incredible and just...different. Everything is different which means it's all new to my eyes. Super exciting stuff to come as I get settled in and it's worth mentioning that I have met the most friendly, hospitable and accommodating people than I ever have before!! (like srsly just check out my instagram with my neighbours cute note >.<)
Other random things to note:
It's extremely hot and humid.
I have to shower day and night.
My room is fully decked out in Japanese style - tatami mats, futon, sliding doors...totally washitsu!
Lastly, I'm trying to figure out how I'm going to document everything. I feel like outfit photos just won't work (also need to get a new tripod) and then vlogs are new to me so I'm not sure how interesting that may be. Please let me know if you have any suggestions!
p.s. these photos are all pretty much from my phone and unedited.
She cried like a baby. And then I cried.
In the ever-so convenient Conbinis! コンビニ
On the way to Mie.
'Tokyo Ginger Lemonade Squash'
If you have any sightseeing recommendations, please let me know! 教えてください。
Long time no see! How are you all?!
So what exactly happened to May? Well, every day for me was a constant battle between study, procrastination and exams. But thank god that's all over now and I am now finished my undergraduate degree FOREVER! I can't describe how weird it feels...especially on my last day walking around college with thoughts about 'last times'. A part of me is still in denial.
Also, for those of you who don't know, I'm moving to Japan next month!! I'll be there for a year and seriously cannot wait - the whole waiting process is killing me. I've been stalking my own email obsessively (can you do that?) to hear more info from my employer but for now I do know that I'll be somewhere in Mie Prefecture! A quick google search will show that it's more of a suburban/rural part of Japan - the north is quite urban while the south is very rural. SO I hope I'm either north or somewhere in the middle.
I do plan on continuing blogging although there will likely be more lifestyle/personal posts to document travels or just interesting things that happen! (possibly some videos?)
If there are any Japanese viewers/bloggers reading this, 会いましょう！
(old river island bomber, forever 21 pants, zara top)
I was mentally cursing myself when I was editing these photos; I don't know why, while wearing a t-shirt make-shift dress, that I would take these photos from that angle. I promise you that in real life it's not as short as it looks!
I can't think of any news (...the weather has been nice?) but knowing me there's probably nothing much but the occasional rant and instances of my lazy disposition but anyway, I hope you've all been enjoying a more exciting week!
Oh and as for the title, the book I'm currently reading (a.k.a speed reading and cutting to the vip parts) is Rings of Saturn by W.B. Sebald. If you're reading a book or have any recommendations, let me know!
(tbh don't know what I was doing with the next photo)
Yes, I repeat: I'M GOING TO JAPAN. A few posts back I mentioned that I applied for the JET Programme where you go to Japan as an Assistant Language Teacher for English. The process is really length and luckily I got an interview and waited for the results for about 2 months. Then on April 1st, I saw a brown envelope in the postbox and thought, "This is it. I bet this is it." and my thoughts were confirmed when I saw the official embassy stamp. It did cross my mind that it was april fool's day but for extra measure, the letter was dated 31st of March! It's so weird, I mean I kind of believe it but then there are moments where I think, "Oh my god I really am going!!" I won't be leaving until the end of July so for now, studying and exams are the focus. I was all over twitter about the news and I wanted to write about it here, well, 2 weeks ago but I didn't want to tack it on as an extra with an outfit post. As well as writing here, I'll be tweeting more frequently about what's going on in the next few months so follow me here if you wanna know more :)
So anyway, these photos are from the 'Experience Japan' festival that I went to yesterday. It was absolutely freezing but still good fun; there were dance performances, karate demonstrations, kimono & yukata dressing, calligraphy and lots of other things! I also lined up for 25 minutes to get yakisoba but it was so worth it.