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The weekend was spent at Gröna Lund with the family, And it´s been ages since I were in Stockholm. And the time that I went to the Japanese Embassy for 2 years ago doesn´t count, since that´s all I did. it was beautiful as always, and Gröna lund was, well, it pales in comparison to Fuji Quu-.

Lin will be here in less than two weeks time, The agenda includes a day in Stockholm, Uppsala, Old viking remnants in Västerås and then a few days in Strängnäs.

School has been going on for two weeks now, September will be slow-paced though, due to the professor being away for research. But it´s for the best, since Lin will be here for a while. The translation courses are really interesting, as well as the Japanese History one. But it´s really hard to keep track on it when it comes to the History, since all they did was civil war, one after another. It makes me want to visit Toshogu again, one of my favorite places in Japan, The Toshogu shrine in Nikko.

Best regards,

Simon

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Nikko!

We´re now half way through October and a new school term has started, which means new teachers as well as a few new students, which has all been great so far. There´s still one teacher who I haven´t met yet but she´s supposed to be lovely, apart from that we were lucky enough to get my favorite teacher for another 3 months.

The autumn break included a 3 day trip to Nikko with Rin, which was really beautiful,  the picture was taken at a Museum in Nikko, which used to be an old Imperial Villa. The picture itself might not be the best to display the Villa itself but there´s plenty of other photo´s for that:) We stayed at a small hotel named Turtle Inn, which lies right next to the river and also very close to several famous parts of Nikko such as Toshogu which is a world heritage spot. And there´s a great book that I read recently which, while fiction and not directly related to Toshogu, still portrays the world itself and the Tokugawa clan who inhabited Toshogu in a very beautiful way. Which is named The last Concubine by Lesley Downer.

The last day was spent with a trip to Chuzenji, which is a lake that lies in the mountains with a small town right next to it along with a shrine and a waterfall nearby, there´s also the opportunity to climb the mountain if you´re into that. We also bought way too many cheesecakes, but they were really really good so it doesn´t matter. And we found Sparking Wine Jam, which we of course bought and brought with us home, which resulted in me making pancakes:) Apart from that I of course bought some souvenirs, some temple related things, as well as ohashi, power stones, a doll of a geisha along with a some incense and plates.

This picture is not from Nikko, but it is from Tokyo Tower, which we went to last Saturday with a friend of Rin´s who came to Japan for her travels. Who actually wanted to use the stairs… not the elevator, so we ended up taking the stairs from the bottom up to the main observatory place which resulted in a small little “certificate”:)

Everything´s really well and I´ll write more soon since some things have changed, definitely not coming back to Sweden in January.

June~

It´s June and some days are ridiculously warm, it´s still spring here, even though we´re moving towards the end of it. There´s been a few birthdays and some nights out since last, and the other day was spent in Warabi Park with bbq and volleyball, which was a lot of fun~

I´m all done with the spring terms psychology class, so I´m completely devoted to Japanese for the summer and fall. I´m still trying to choose what I´d like to study during next years spring semester though, and I´ve boiled it down to languages, either more Japanese or a fresh start in Chinese. I´ve decided that my goal with Uni is to become fluent in Japanese, and “morethendecent” in Chinese. Speaking 4 languages seems like a pretty neat perk, so that´s what I´ve decided to go for.

At the moment, I´m catching up on vocab, I´ve apparently just learned about half of the 35ish new words that we get every third day for the past 5 chapters. There´s this great little app named Anki that I usually use, it´s a flashcards app, and it works really great so vocab is generally not a problem, I´ve just not devoted that much time to it lately.

Seeing that makes me happy, you´ll continue to live on. But in my case, it´s not the same, in the future that I have left, how should I go about living it? That´s it, that´s all there is. 

A modified passage from the video above, which is from 1 Litre of Tears, I´m still longing for the day when I´m actually able to read the book, but there´s still a long way to go until then.

Me time~

Yesterday was the first day in one and a half week where I actually felt as if I could just put everything aside and focus on what´s important, which would be myself. School is well under way and apart from that I´m currently in the process of writing the home exam for my psychology course, which leaves me with less spare time than I´d like during the weeks, but it´ll all be over within the next few weeks and from there on everything will be peachy~

So yesterday, as always, started with school til 5pm. Afterwards I met up with some friends and spent the evening till 11 or so at a 300yen Izakaya, I then returned to Warabi by 12 just to head out again with some other friends to a more local relatively new sports bar, even though I have no interest in sports whatsoever. But it was actually a pretty neat place and the bartender was really cute, so there.

Monday means new student loans, which will be more then welcomed. Item nr1 on my purchase list is finally a cell phone. I can´t believe I´ve waited this long. Apart from that I do want to shop some clothes, but I won´t overdo it this month, just a few essentials~