Hej hej, I’ll just share a few lines regarding the past few days.
Yesterday was spent in Yurakucho with Rin and a few friends. There was this market at the International Forum. A market featuring alcohol and food. An outside market in which is my opinion at least, one of the most beautiful districts of Tokyo. It’s close to the Imperial Park as well which I have not yet entered. There’s only a month and a half left now so I’ll have to do it soon. Spring is well under way so it’s very green and flowers everywhere which makes Tokyo into a pretty beautiful place, unlike the winter where there’s just one metal block after another.
Anywho, the food was good, the alcohol as well. And everything was fairly cheep as well which made it even better. I mostly ate kebab though. Which would be my first time here in Japan. We always use it on Pizza back in Sweden which I’d like to eat here as well. In Japan Pizza is in general really expensive, since it’s foreign and “exotic”. If you order it home then there’s usually different offers to make it “OK”.
I went running with Lin for a few hours ago, and we found a really cool place 25 minutes from where we live which we had never seen before. There’s this, well, I guess that it doesnt qualify as a national reserve but there’s this bird preservation place. A small lake and a lot of wildlife. Turtles, ducks and all sorts of birds. Some were caged in as well, some due to injury I believe. But they had 5 really beautiful Hawks. We stumbled upon it while we were running so of course we had left our phones back home, but we’ll probably go back next week. They had swans as well, black ones as well which were pretty.
We’re going to Nakano later today, for dinner with friends and some sort of smaller live. No idea what kind of but I’m sure it’ll be fun. I’ll write sooner or later.
“If you wish to understand what Revolution is, call it Progress; and if you wish to understand what Progress is, call it Tomorrow.”
The first of march is over, which means that the monthly movie day in Japan is over as well. A day where once every month, the price of the tickets at the cinema takes a deep steep downwards. I tend to go together with Lin for most of those days, last month was of course The Hobbit. And this month was Les misérables.
I think that musicals in general can be really great, I love singing and it´s a great medium to convey a message with. I thought that Les misérables was great and something that everyone should give a try. The music was really beautiful and the characters fit perfectly with their actors. The musical conveys a lot, the more central of course being love but definitely not just to the normal extent. It expresses freedom, second chances but most of all standing united behind a cause.
I´ll include the Oscar performance, since it´s really beautiful.
“To love another person is to see the face of God.”
Sitting in a cinema filled with Asians made me think as of how they perceive it due to language barriers, since a English speaking Japanese is a rare commodity. In a normal everyday film the subtitles are more than enough but when it comes to musicals, I think that a lot will be lost in translation. Understanding the lyrics the way they are sung makes it inspiring. Inspiration that probably pales if you´d have to get the message through subtitles.
I´m really looking forward to seeing The host whenever it comes to Japan. It´s pretty annoying that they´re so far behind the rest of the world.
It´s soon March, which means that I could have at most another 3 months here in Japan. That is if I´d choose to go to Korea and then back to Japan. Instead of just going back to Sweden right away. I was pretty sure that I could just change my Visa into a tourist visa without actually leaving. you know, since that´s what Immigration told me themselves. Which I was today told otherwise.
To get different answers regarding such matters simply depending upon who you´re lucky/unlucky to get on the other side of the phone is absurd.
Lin is really busy at work but she has said that she wants to travel. so I´ll have to see if I can drag her along with me to Korea for a little while. It´s not exactly the ideal destination due to recent events but anywho. I´d rather not return to Sweden all too soon due to the fact that I wont have my apartment until July.
We watched Lilo & Stitch yesterday, I dont think that I´ve ever seen it all the way through before yesterday. But Lin really likes that little thing. I even bought her a Stitch cup from Disney Sea which I went to last week. In order to celebrate a friends birthday. I of course bought a cup to myself as well, one of Maleficent. From my second favorite Disney Film Sleeping Beauty. My absolute favorite is Pocahontas. who seems to be completely absent from both Disney Land and Disney Sea which is just sad!
I liked Disney Sea over Land, especially due to the ending event. Sea includes all the scary stuff. There´s still a lot of attractions which we did not manage to get into though, such as the haunted house and the roller coaster. But maybe another time.
I’ll write a few lines regarding dramas, which comes second to music out of things that I love when it comes to Japan. I started with Densha Otoko last week, which was great from the start. A series which centers around a typical Japanese manga/Anime nerd who falls for a woman. I have no interest in the Manga or Anime itself but the series does reflect an ever-present part of Japan. The first few episodes were great but then it just ended up being repetitive, with the stuttering and the inferiority complexes.
I prefer dramas that are based on something real, it adds a different meaning to them. They’re generally the really tragic ones as well. Such as Sekai chuushin de, or 1 Litre of tears. I watched Taiyou no uta today, the movie(there’s the series as well). It’s both true and really great. It deals with sickness but not in the overwhelming way. The music is really great as well and I´ve been listening to it all day.
I’m currently looking into Aishiteru to itte kure. It’s a much older drama but it’s supposed to be really tragic, I cant say anything about it yet but I will when I’ve actually seen it.
I’ll switch the subject to future plans instead. It’s now February, I accepted an apartment in Sweden last week. Which I’ll move into in July. Which means that I have a 5 month window which I’ll most likely spend the larger part of in Japan. well, more or less all of it. I havent seen my Little sister, or anyone in the family for that part for more than a year now. So I’ll have to return to my hometown for a little bit before July at least.
My favorite souvenirs from Japan are not going to be some tea set bought in Kyoto or some Geisha figurines or anything of that sort, instead it’ll be a treasured collection of music and film.
I know that I said Hiking in my last post, which is what we both thought it would at least be some of but it ended up with traditionally Japanese fashioned, oh I dont know, 5 course dinner? At a little places which lies at the base of the mountain(Takao san). It was four of us, Me, Lin, an old co-worked or hers and his wife. They’re a bit elderly so we stuck to the gardens instead of hiking the mountain itself, which led to some inappropriate clothing on me and Lin’s part:).
The dinner was really great, Mainly focused on chicken which it was apparently famous for but the Sashimi was great as well. I’ve included a lot of pictures, although most of them are not from Takao San but instead a bunch of pictures which I have not shared yet from our Christmas in Kansai, Osaka and Kyoto.
I’ll switch the topic now, to the drama which I am currently watching. Which would be Last Resort, an American Drama which I actually really like. It’s not my bread and butter, Which would be Japanese dramas, but It’s been great so far. still a lot to go though.
I went to Minami Sunamachi with Lin yesterday which lies just a few stations away from our place. Arakawa(a river) runs through it, the same river that ran past the place that we used to live at as well, but on the other side of Tokyo. It runs out into the ocean over there and it lies really close to Tokyo Disneyland as well. We went for a walk along it and then to an apartment store. Where we ate at a “Lin Approved” Taiwan restaurant. followed by some shopping, mostly irrelevant but fun to have things. I got a small earth globe, and two small bags and a few other things.
Taking a break from the studies to write a few lines. Currently reading Doraemon and then retelling it in writing. 2 out of the 3 courses had their starting date pushed up until next week, so I’ve just had the Manga course to deal with which really isnt that hard, but it’s not boring either so I do have that going for me. I were planning on going to the ocean this weekend with Lin, but she spoke to an old colleague yesterday who apparently wants to go mountain climbing, so we’ll go along with that instead. I like hiking Japanese mountains though, so I’m looking forward to it. It’s still Winter though which might make it pretty cold:S.
It’s Friday today, which means my weekly treat of The Vampire Diaries, the Series is great, the books not so much, even though I love the other works of L.J Smith and is still anticipating her last book of the Nightworld Series. On another note, The indigo Spell is soon up for release(Bloodlines#3) , just a few more weeks.
The last week has been fairly depressing due to arguments between Lin and her parents, not sure how it will settle nor if it will.
I went shopping for textbooks yesterday, the spring term starts up next week. A term which will consist of 45hp(150%) of Japanese studies. With general Japanese, manga as well as shorter novels. I’ve never read a manga in my entire life and I can’t really say that I’m looking forward to it, but it’s a part of Japan so I guess I’ll have to give it a try. I’m much more looking forward to the next term which will be translations and things of that sort, unless I change my mind:). But this term will be fun as well, I’ll miss having a real campus to take the courses at though, since the spring term will be read on distance from Japan. Which makes the time difference a bit of an obstacle, the morning class in Sweden results in 6pm here in Japan, and the evening class ends up being 4am in Japan…
March will probably include a trip to Taiwan, we haven’t decided exactly yet but most likely. Lin wishes to stay in Taipei and I’d like to go to her hometown, in order to meet her family, which she’s still a bit reluctant to. Cultural differences can be great in some ways but this is definitely not one of them.