Hello All! It has been quite some time since I’ve updated this blog regarding travel and my Japanese Studies. It’s high time I return don’t you think? So much has happened since my last post I don’t think I’ll hash it all out. However, I am now a home-owner, and am planning another trip to Japan, and possibly a short visit to Portland, Oregon! I will, as usual, be making Travelogues of these adventures and sharing them here. In addition I’ll be posting about language study adventures, which are now focusing on lessons, and Passing the JLPT N1!
For those of you who have never visited this blog before, HELLO! And welcome to my little corner. Here is a video playlist of my study away in college to KCP International. Go ahead and watch if you feel so inclined, and take a look through my archive if you’re interested in studying at KCP International yourself!!
Whew, I get emotional just revisiting some of that footage. While it makes me sad that that time in my life is over, AKA. College and the like, I’ve found continuing my learning independently is just as fulfilling. If I was rich, I’d return to KCP in a heartbeat to study and pass the JLPT N1 there. I’m not ruling it out! But for now i’ll settle for a week visit in the fall to show somebody my old stomping grounds and revisit some of my favorite places in Japan that maybe I forgot to film my first time there.
I don’t just visit Japan though!
I also take small, and cheaper trips whenever time and money allows and I like to share my experiences with everyone! Life is all about shared experiences.
Continue to watch here as I attempt to pass the various JLPT levels, apply to teach English online, and travel!
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!
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.
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!