Tag Archive | Tokyo

Hawks!

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.

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A day in the Snow

Ha-ai, we got Snow to Tokyo today:), The first snow is always fun, even though I know that it’ll turn around pretty soon. But this was Lin’s first real snow so off we went to play in the park after a late breakfast. I thought that it would be packed with kids, the park, but there were more or less barely anyone there which is really strange, I’d figure that all the kids would do just about anything in order to play around since they don’t really get this kind of snow that often. Nevertheless, at least a few came around. wish I’d had my lil sis Panda there though:)

We went to see The Hobbit yesterday, and I really loved it. It was really great and so much better than The Lords of the rings trilogy. Cant wait to see the next one. It makes it so much different when everyone’s not just under the same banner, black and white, good and evil, evil is just a point of view.

It’s kinda cold outside, so we’re just about to cook some hot ramen and then there’s still a few bottles of glögg left untouched. I’ll sign off for now, take care.

A partly White Christmas

Hii, it´s now almost new years eve, which means that I´m less than 2 weeks from passing my 1 year mark in Japan. So I´ve more or less experienced the four seasons of Japan, and as a Swedish I´ll have to route for the total opposite, the Summer is in my opinion by far the best, everything else is freakishly cold. Without the snow which is the only benefit of it back in Sweden.

I spent a few days in Kansai with Rin during Christmas, which was really great, it was as short trip though, and we went to Osaka and Kyoto, and there was not that much time for exploring but we did the best we could. We bought some souvenirs, a tea set, some plates and cups and sweets, and a cute ceramic doll.

Christmas is celebrated on the 25th in Japan but since I´m Swedish, where it´s traditionally celebrated on the 24th, we decided to do all the christmasy on the eve of the 24th, the same day that we returned to Tokyo on. With some Swedish food and alcohol, and the usual gift giving. It was a really good evening. And we did actually get a white christmas, not completely white but the morning was spent in Osaka and it did start to snow as we left Osaka Castle:) Which was the first snow that Rin has ever seen in person which resulted in her laughing like a child which was hilarious:)

I wish I could upload some pictures, but they´re on Lin´s Cell Phone and she went back to Taiwan today, to visit her family which is great, but it also means that I´m stuck here alone for a little more than a week.

 

I graduated from ISI on the 21st this month, I suppose that I should write some extensive review but I do have some mixed feelings so I´ll see what I do. But I would like to point out that as far as the teachers go and the education in general, I couldn´t really be happier, and I was lucky enough to be with a teacher named Hihara for 9 fantastic months, and a farewell party that I couldn´t have been happier with.

There was also a school trip to Kamakura for quite a while ago that I did not write about. It wasnt my first time going there so I decided not to write about it. I went there for a few months ago for the first time with Rin. But I had a great time with my class as well, a really good time actually.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Due to the fact that I´ve graduated from ISI, I´m now on holiday until my uni courses picks up again around the 21st of January, I can no longer work part time in Japan since I´m no longer an international students which is a bit sad but I will make a living in here in Japan with Rin until further notice, the uni courses are distance courses and all so that´s not a problem. It just leaves me with a lot of time on my hands until the Uni starts back up again, especially until Rin comes back home here.

Which means that I´ve burried myself in Dramas lately, and this is a clip from one of my favorite ones.

I´ll keep in touch.

“But then the sun came up and reality set in”

Hi hi, it´s almost been a month and for that I suppose I´m sorry, not really but anyhow. There´s just a few days left of summer break, school starts again on Monday and until then I´m swamped with work, I´ve been working everyday lately and I will continue doing so up to and including Saturday.

Sunday will be my one day off before classes start again, a day that will be spent with a trip to an Aquarium with a japanese friend of mine, always wanted to go but my Aquarium plans has always seem to fall through so fingers crossed.

Summer break itself hasn’t really been that spectacular, there were a few sad days but apart from that it´s been okay, busy with work which is good considering that I have a neverending list of things that I want to buy, especially souvenirs and decorations for Sweden. I´m still trying to figure out as of when I should go back, school ends on the 21st of December and Sweden´s spring semester doesn´t start until around the 25th of January, so somewhere in between that window, I could make it home for christmas but that would mean an entire month just doing nothing in Sweden, I think that I´d rather work for a few more weeks here in Japan instead:S Which would mean me missing my first christmas ever..

I always went to see the Odaiba oHanabi with a few friends the other day! My second ohanabi here in Japan, they were both really beautiful and It´s a really great summer tradition.

Ja

Ageha

Ohayou, it´s now about 10 am and I´ve been home for about an hour. The night was spent at Ageha, Asia’s supposedly biggest nightclub. Which lies in Shinkiba along the water. It´s ridiculousy beautiful, especially at dawn when the sun rises over the skyscrapers of Tokyo and makes the river all glittery.

It´s by far the best club I´ve been at so far and I had a really good time, and it´s really easy to talk to people there since they´re all really friendly. Another really good thing is that the music isn´t unnecessarily loud, you can actually speak to people, even on the dance floors which seems impossible at most places:)

Later today, after a few hours of sleep, we will have our soccer match between our guest house and the guest house of the city right next to ours. I´m sure it´ll be really fun, I just hope we can actually get a team together, since we just found out about the game before we headed out yesterday evening.

Anywho, back to Ageha, my favorite part was the outside dace floor, which was around a pool, I loved it due to the fact that it was close to the water, and as I stated before, it was a really beautiful place to dance and talk to people at, the music was also the best there, so win win:)

Another sun soaked season fades away

Yesterday I realised that I had completely missed the 9th season of One Tree Hill which is currently being aired, the season premiere was aired while I was literally in the process of moving to Japan so I can see how I missed it but it´s still no excuse. So now I have 9 episodes to catch up on, which is perfect due to the fact that the weather, both today and yesterday has been nothing short of horrible~

And from the ballroom floor we are in celebration
One good stretch before our hibernation
Our dreams assured and we all, will sleep well

This Wednesday was spent in Harajuku, which unfortunately started with me being almost 15 minutes late to my appointment at Watanabe´s, where I had a bleach & color followed by a cut by Momo, which turned out really well, and I´m glad to have moved away from the darker shades.

I then went shopping at Grosso and of course H&M, some new shirts and underwear as well as some pants that I really like. There´s still a lot that I want but I´ll have to wait til next month where I´ll probably be able to get it all since I don´t have to spend 22 000 yen on my hair~

 I´m still working my way through the drama Sekai chuushin de, ai wo sakebu, surely but slowly, but it´s really touching, honestly~

Mata ne~

Bleaching and Korean ryouri

One day left of classes til spring break, I´d like to think that it´s getting warmer by the day, but the weather here has a tendency to come and go so what do I know.

Regarding next week, I spoke to the people at Watanabe today, and I booked in an appointment for bleach and cut on wednesday morning. I´m really looking forward to it. Then I´ll have to go shopping in Harajuku afterwards, since I desperately need a few items such as a bag, a jacket and some pants.

Yesterday was spent in 高円寺、a smaller city 10 minutes west from Shinjuku. Where we(two friends from school), went direcly after class, it was really fun and the night was spent at a Korean restaurant there, cheap alcohol and the food was great, I ate the Crab Salad~

The turtles are adorable as always, so are the cherry trees~

Ja ne~