Language Learning

My Birthday and Conveyor Belt Sushi! 誕生日と回転寿し!

This was by far one of the most special birthdays I’ve ever experienced. What made it perfect was celebrating the end of the semester, with friends, and laughter. I also got to see Dawson experience sushi for the first time.

If you aren’t familiar with Conveyor Belt sushi, you basically order per plate, or type of sushi on a screen and when you’re finished, you pay at the front! It is so cheap, fun, and convenient as with most things in Japan. We ate at a place in the heart of Shibuya, here is a map if you want to go to this exact place:

Since traveling here, I believe they have been bought by Genki sushi. But it is still the same! I highly recommend this place for a first timer, as the menus are bilingual and the staff friendly. Here is a lovely up to date article! 

One of my favorite parts was watching everyone order, the matcha, and the parfait at the end. Also whilst returning to the dorms I found a rose on the ground! As always, I pair these posts with a video!

If you have any questions about study abroad or just want to talk about how amazing sushi is, leave a comment!

Be Brave,



Going to Akihabara and Getting a Japanese Phone in Harajuku (Hindsight is 20/20)

So, as we came to the close of our culture course at KCP, a 3 month class offered for one time credit, our final trip was to Akihabara (or Akiba)! I was really looking forward to this trip, and we managed to see a lot of things! I would later venture here on an assignment from Danny Choo. More on that in a future post.


Getting All Caught Up: Meeting Another Pen-Pal & Trip to Odaiba!

Wow, what a whirlwind. I realized it’s been three months since I’ve posted about my Study Abroad trip, language learning, and anything in the realm of education. I’ve made some pretty long, and personal videos since then! Due to the experiences and videos piling up, I’ll probably space out posts beginning with events since the start of 2015.

To start this tedious process of getting everyone who follows this blog up to date, I’ll start with a video I posted on Jan. 3, 2015 when I got to meet yet ANOTHER pen pal in Odaiba! I’ve been writing and interacting with 3 key people in my life who always encourage me in my Japanese Language Learning journey. And it will be a lifelong journey at that! I was lucky that two of my pen-pals were attending university in Tokyo and were willing to meet me in person! I got to see the famous Gundam and hang out with my pen pal!!

Here is a video of my experience that day! It is something I’ll never forget, and it re-inforces the positive side of the internet as a tool in language learning. I could never have dreamed of using technology even just 10 years ago as a teen to learn Japanese, and here I was meeting my pen pal in PERSON!! She is the best, and I wish her the best in her professional life to come. I know she’ll become better and better at English as time goes on.

I got to experience lucky boxes/bags, something that is a tradition in Japan. You pay a certain amount of money to purchase a lucky box/bag, and the contents inside are a surprise! I made a video of a lucky bag I purchased on Takeshita Dori as well, which you can view here, I was really happy with the contents:

That’s all for this post! If you have anything to say, let me know in the comments below, or on YouTube and I’ll be happy to respond as soon as I can!

Be Brave,


My Japanese Introduction! 日本語の自己紹介!

I am trying to catch up on all the posts I need to do! It’s been far too long friends, because Level 2 was no joke! It was super challenging but I learned a lot and I’m sure if I redid this video I could do better. Let’s watch and see how I progress over time! This video was posted about 3 months ago after Level 1 was over. Enjoy! And don’t forget to leave your thoughts in the comments below.

Be Brave


Long Time, No See! お久しぶり!End of 2014 Post!

Sorry it has been a long time guys! My posts have been few and far between because I’ve been so busy! I apologize for that. To update you quickly on the happenings, I’ll, sadly, be posting lots of videos here. However, I hope that you enjoy them, and please look forward to the next post!

For this post, I’ll wrap up 2014 and begin updating you guys on what has happened since 2015 started! First of all, for my Japanese New Years Celebration, I went to Sunshine City in Ikebukuro with some dorm mates. We ended up going to the Observatory in Sunshine City! To give you guys some visuals, I’ll insert the video here:

It was so much fun, and as sad as I am to say it, I won’t be staying in Japan as long as I’d hoped, but I’ll be back. I listed off some goals I have for 2015, one of which is to now apply for the JET Programme come October 2015. So again, I’ll insert a video here:

And with that out of the way, I made a video looking back on what I accomplished in the year 2014:

Whew! What a whirlwind, huh? I can’t believe I’m here, and every day I am so thankful for the Gilman Scholarship and my husband for supporting me! I am so happy to share these moments, not only in blog form, but visually as well! I love getting comments from people who are interested in where I am and what I’m doing, and it truly brings me the greatest joy to share my experiences with everyone.

Thank you for sticking with me! Lots of updates to come every day this week, so get your news feeds READY!

Be Brave


JLPT N3 Challenge


In addition to travel updates, I also decided when I first started this blog that I would update my readers with my language experiences.

To begin, I’d like to point out that I follow a LOT of YouTubers. Lots of people that I follow, like me, are avid language learners. The user “GothicLenne” is a Japanese Language learner that is at my level of Japanese, however her speaking and grammar skills are probably above mine. This really encourages me to study, seeing others that are at or near my level. She recently uploaded a video, explaining that she would be starting a 90 day challenge to prepare for her JLPT N3 test in December.


Speaking and Reading Practice


I’m quite behind on my reading and speaking in this playlist, so hopefully posting this will motivate me and others to practice! Tomorrow I will rectify my tardiness in keeping up with daily news readings.

Most of the readings will always come from NHK News Web easy. As this is most comfortable at the level I’m at. Its really great for those beginners or even intermediate learners. It includes furigana above the Kanji, a dialogue you can listen to, and sometimes a real news clip! I love this website, you can visit it here.

There are some singing clips on my soundcloud as well, but you can ignore those, unless you enjoy having your ears bleed, haha!

I am trying to work up the courage to live chat on skype in Japanese. Hopefully I’ll have an update for you guys soon on this front. Also, this week I’ll be applying for KCP International Language School. I will DEFINITELY be posting more after that on my preparations for my year abroad if I get accepted and everything works out.

Keep studying, speaking, and being an active learner,