Sunday, December 18, 2011
So let the recount begin.
I started with the numb awaking at 5 am in the morning on Saturday morning.
I was supposed to wake up at 6 but I set my alarm earlier because I know that I am difficult to move out of bed in the morning. Even more so because of the freaking cold.
Somehow I got up and shoved a load of clothes into one luggage just for the one night trip.
Left the house at 6:45 to set off to the subway.
Arrived in Odori, The city's center and walked to the JR station. (express train)
I was kind of annoying that my luggage would make sounds from rolling over the bumps in the pavement but yeah, barely making it on time I found the other 8 AFS students in front of Mister Donut, A popular meeting spot.
After waiting a bit and buying breakfast from 'Kiosk', Jumped on to the JR to the New Chitose Airport.
I sat with my best friend of all the exchange students, Pachi (his nickname) and a girl from Hungary :)
We just chatted and yeah, took pictures.
On the plane, I sat next to the Hungarian girl and was just bored listening to my ipod, writing a report most of the time. Lucky It was just one hour though.
At the airport, we met up with 3 other people from different Hokkaido areas and
(so long, and im really tired, i will finish later)
Tuesday, November 29, 2011
Firstly I woke up feeling pretty genki despite the cold！
Snow came back！
I love being the first to walk on untreaden snow♪
I have got my fluffy hat、red scarf、brown bag,purple gloves and ugg boots so I am very mismatched but function over fashion、yeah？！
Plus my hair is a total mess but I dont give a crap♪
Just keep listening to A Day To Remember and the Strokes.
OK、Im almost going to leave the train station. So gloves back on.
Love you guys、
Okay so I'm back wtiring once again with a bit of information sharing about Japanese school life through a bit of experience with it today.
So In Japan, everyone is required to do PE until the end of school.
Sometimes they change in the classroom, well, at least I know that the girls at my school do, even though there is a change room.
Most of my class usually changes in the change rooms, but today, In search of my friend in a different class to ask what she had next period and she had PE.
I didn't see it before, I realized, I opened the door to a class of upperclass(wo) men changing...
I felt really embarrassed but i remembered I was a girl too.
Friday, November 25, 2011
Tuesday, November 22, 2011
Is there something wrong with my body？
Its about 0 degrees right now but really i dont feel cold.
I just walked by a running couple saying out loud、 ′さむい！′.
They were wearing earmuffs and puffy jackets.
Yet here I am in my baggy tartan blue mens shirt and a singlet underneath walking home at 5pm at night with melting snow surrounding me.
I think when I get home ill will warned about getting a cold again by my gran.
Sunday, November 20, 2011
Wednesday, November 16, 2011
Monday, November 14, 2011
Today、is the day that i first seen REAL snow fall from heaven！！！！
Little flakes are collected on my navy winter coat and my hands are freezing！
Nevertheless、it′s really magical≧▽≦！
Wow、i can′t wait until there is enough to take pictures of！Oh！and CHRISTMAS！
Now it is just falling ever so lightly：)
i hope it isn′t too cold in Australia and its getting warm.
And dear lovely mother stop pestering me about photos and i love you
but here、a short summary of recent events.
Yesterday I changed host family.
Tonight and last night I had a strange new motivation which makes me study till late.
My new host family is great！ And It only takes 30 mins to get to school〓
Today、I found out that two classmates I suppose I'm close to、 live nearby！
I'm also in love with a weird shop called Village Vanguard. There is many stores around Sapporo and its like hipster heaven. So awesome. It is called an 「Exciting Bookstore」♪ and honestly its balance of books and quirky items like lomography cameras、horse head masks and neon bright nordic man leggings is a bit off balance.
The books are so interesting too！There is a whole shelf of tattoo guidebooks at da last shop i went to. I really want to read some photography／photoshop tutorial books but shame I can't read it＾＾;
My school「well、the jap classes」in Australia is having their school trip in Tokyo now.
I hope they have fun even though I can't meet them.
k、typing with a mobile is truly meddlesome！ Haha☆Its almost 11pm
bye and goodnight、
Wednesday, November 9, 2011
I've actually written up a different one but i lost my blog notebook so I cannot be bothered yet.
I swear I'll get around to it. When I get a proper place and time to sit and type. My posture is terrible due to being such a nerd at my computer all the time but at my current host family, there is not proper place to sit. The desk with Internet has a wobbly chair and I can only be there for one hour,
Thus, I must sit in my room on my bed. It's not exactly suitable so I give up on typing and just lie down and watch movies, anime or listen to Harry potter audiobooks, so sorry,sorry!
So into Harry Potter right now.
I move host family this Sunday to the director/chairperson/most important person of AFS Sapporo's house. She seems to be strict-looking but reportedly kind-hearted. She also lives with her mother and pet corgi. She also has a daughter who studies in Tokyo as an university student. I'm not sure about how often she comes home. However, I look forward to meeting them.
So...I'll try to keep it short.
19th October Wednesday:
I got a hair cut.
I looks a bit long at the front but its actually really short at the back. I love it!
The hairdresser was really nice and understanding and the shampoo time was amazing.
I know, it sounds heaps weird but it was so comfortable.
They put a small towel over my face and I presume its to cover the face from being wet and avoid the awkward 'where-should-I-look-should-look-up-at-the-blinding-light-or-should-I-just-close-my-eyes' situation.
21st October Friday:
Went to an elementary school with AFS helped with a special education class. I taught them 'G'day' in which was surprisingly difficult and stuff like that, played in the playground, look at pet rabbits, taught one to practice writing 'の' and ate lunch with them. I taken a liking to a little girl. She was so cute!
Afterwards, I hung out with my American (different from the one I mentioned in previous posts) at Tanuki-koji Street. It's really becoming a frequent hang out place for me. We went to an anime/manga store. It was hella weird! Haha~
22th October Saturday
25th October Tuesday
I got to finish school early due to lack of teachers, being at school trips to Honshu and Canada.
All the other AFS & Rotary friends (except one) are juniors or seniors so they all have their school trips too.
I don't get a school trip because I'm a first year. Lame. Not Cool. Ghey.
So taking advantage of this , my friend, Pachi (had a day off after the school trip grrr) and I hung out...at Tanuki Koji.
Oh by the way Tanuki Koji literally means `Raccoon street` Arcade. Awesome place.
We went to a cafe, played some games at an arcade (Japanese arcades are fo-shizzle much better then Aussie one...pretty sure that is incorrect use of the words, Pfft,oh well.) and I bumped into 3 rotary kids! I was so surprised! I introduced them to each other and what not.
We chilled all together and went for purikura!
27th October Thursday
Presentation, music blah blah finish this part later,
Sung in the Car
30th October Sunday
only little kids
3rd November Thursday
5th November Saturday
Sapporo symphony orchestra.
6th November Sunday
salmon museum and Ramen shop
The best ramen is my life!
Friday, October 28, 2011
Monday, October 3, 2011
After everything was over and done with, I went to Karaoke with the kids from Sapporo and some other people who were Japanese students.
So I sung in alto. Woop, go me.
I had kitsune soba ;P
I got home on the last bus (T-T)
When I met the Rotary Kids, We watched this hiphop dance show.
I sort of half intruded on their meeting thing but yeah.
I don't really want to tell you guys the ending to the story but I finished the night with new friends.
That was fun and tiring ^^
I played against three teams and got in the quarter finals for mini Futsal.
In the first game, I scored twice so Woop,woop!
The second team really tired me out and it was super competitive!
It was my American friend from Rotary's class/team and Boy!
There was this one girl, a striker from class and the soccer club. I usually play defense.
The thing in Japan is that they are really passionate and work hard at what they do.
With sports you either comically really really bad or you are amazingly awesome and athletic!
And for some reason, everyone in the soccer club must cut their hair like a boy.
Wow, so she was amazing and had so many fans!
I ended up fighting over the ball with her!
I was like half screaming too!! (^ ^;)
There was a lot of shoulder barging and pushing between us which was really fun since I gotta act kind of delicate and quiet in class and try not to be my aggressive self around all the girls. It's already bad enough that I look like Coach Beiste (Glee) compared to them! Haha
Somehow, my class won and I think I give her a bruise but I indirectly apologized to her!!
Third game I lost T_T
felt like crap but i was just really happy that my class and my team was cheering me on.
The second day was for track and field.
I ran the 400m race and got third last ! haha, I was going against the soccer chick from before too!
The day was tiring despite doing nothing.
I also joinged my school's folk music club.
In the club it's divided into bands.
I'm with my friends from my class.
At the moment we have a vocalist/pianist, drummer, and two, YES two guitarists and I'm filling in for bass.
But...everyone doesn't actually know how to play music except for me and the vocalist...
We have a christmas concert in December so I'm gonna whip them into shape!
We are playing a pop song though...I want FOLK!! @_@
Anyway the song is called 'Arigatou'.
Anyway, thats life in Japan.
Saturday, September 24, 2011
I wonder who are my audience…
Saturday, September 17, 2011
So I'm gonna post the blog sometime during next week but write it up at home.
The keyboards are hard to use in the school computer rooms...@_@
Um, i still miss my own bed hahaha
Friday, September 9, 2011
When I was walking home from the bus stop, the wind was so strong that instead of using an umbrella, I just ran laughing like a madman until the wind around me weakened and became calm.
Saturday, September 3, 2011
I'll post again in a week or so.
Sorry about not posting much, but the internet or computer use is quite limited in my host family's home.
I've been quite content here though so don't worry.
Since I arrived, it has been quite eventful.
So much that at the end of the day, I can't find the energy to type.
Even if I did have free time, I sleep or watch anime in bed.
Now, I'm not homesick but I do miss my friends and family…and bed…very much.
Everyday has been quite humid too.
Just so you know, it has been a week to write about everything on paper during classes where I don't have any time.
I apologize if it has any mistakes because I’m writing all of this in one sitting.
PLUS, im going to put up pictures with this soon. But not until a bit later so sorry if some of the words don't make sense because they come with a picture.
Day 4: MondayBreakfast.
Said goodbye to everyone else in my group and some other peeps too.
Went to Haneba Airport via bus.
Took some pictures and talked to the person next to me.
Ate food from common convenience store, Lawson. (I swear its like everywhere @_@)
Found some people going to the Osaka area.
Just chilling, eating my tonkatsu chicken sandwich, anman and Calpis water with other people going to Hokkaido and an Aussie going to Osaka with an ukulele.
Took pictures together and la di dah.
Lined up and went through the scanning thingy.
Went to the gate and waited.
Saw a POKEMON plane!
Said bye to the two peeps who were going to the far north of Hokkaido, pictures, pictures, pictures and then boarded the plane.
So there I was, window seat, 'something a rather' A, with everyone going to Sapporo.
Watched Pokemon, took pictures, talked and looked through the plane's magazine.
It was probably just two hours.
When we were just about to arrive in Sapporo, we were flying above the city and below the clouds, we saw so much green! Green patches of land, most in rectangular shapes. The boy beside me from Columbia commented that it was the first time we saw the sun since arriving in Japan.
In the distance, we saw many mountains and a lake, shining from the water's reflection. It really looked like a beautiful city. Everyone was extremely excited when we landed and we saw many signs with our names, welcoming us as we were waiting for out luggage. One of the girls started crying too.
When we met them, we had some group photos and went off to our separate ways.
With my host family, the Miyakoshi's, We went to a sushi train for dinner.
It was so delicious! I had shrimp miso soup, green tea and all sorts of sushi such as raw scallop, raw beef with raw quail eggs and many other raw stuff with rice and seaweed :P
During he car trips to and from, I sat in the back with my Okaasan (word is jap for mother/host mother) and talked a lot.
I arrived home and generally slept a lot.
Day 5: Tuesday
I think I registered with the city hall or something, I had to wait for a super duper long time!
Sooooo bored so I made this!
When it was FINALLY over, Okaasan and I went to an Italian buffet.
I had two plates of savoury foods and one plate of sweets, a bowl of onion soup and Calpis soda.
Bought navy socks for school.
Day 6: Wednesday
On Wednesday, we were preparing for my welcoming party! Everybody is from my host mother's English tutoring lessons so there were 3 to junior high school age!
I stayed at home for most of the day by myself though.
Okaasan prepared curry, but I forgot to eat it.
I slept a lot!
During this time alone, I walked out ti the nearby 100 yen shop, and about some stuff to help me settle in such as slippers, face towel and etc.
As I was walking home, saw some soccer fields and watched for about 5 minutes.
Okaasan arrived home from work but she needed to go out again to prepare food.
My host brother was playing outside with a friend that kept staring at me like I'm some sort of freak.
My neighbors happen to be my host father's parents.
When I was outside, I tried to use my limited Japanese. I was trying my best and attempted to explain to Ojiisan (grandfather) that I could speak much Japanese but I could listen okay to understand to gist of things.
With limited words, limited Japanese, I had to rely on body language.
So there I was, waving my arms about like a madman. Obaasan (grandmother) comes out and I hear Ojiisan say "...日本語ぜんぜんわかんない…" @_@ which means she absoultly doesn't understand Japanese.
They were really nice though.
I tried to talk about the garden and they grow various folwers and veggies likr orchids, tomatoes and 'daikon'. I took pictures and they invited me in to their home to eat freshly cooked corn. I tried to turn down their offer but they didn't understand. So I was eating half a cob of corn, drinking tea, knowing that I would eat sooon at the party.
The party was fun too! My 'tallness' towered over all 25 kids and Okaasan!
I was interesting for me to introduce myself, answer their questions and hear them speak in such adorable English.
We ate Bento boxes from Hotto Motto and drank bottled tea.
I took some pictures with them and what not.
Very Cute! ^^
Day 7: ThursdayI practised going to school with Okaasan.
When we arrived, I met with my LP (Liason Person) and we got the school uniform.
It's cute, but obviously not on me, and only me.
The skirt is long and below my knees and the shirt is short and baggy with long sleeves and you can't a waist line at all.
I look so awkward in it.
Still I'm pretty sad that it is just a rental and at the end, I have to give it back.
I also met my 'guidance' person, an American English teacher.
Ah, I can't remember much.
Day 8: Friday
I WENT TO SCHOOL!
Well,, Okaasan went with me.
In other parts of Japan, their sumer break isn't over yet but in Hokkaido, it is shortened because of all the snow in winter. The school can't open so the winter break is lengthier. I think this semester, I have 20 weeks of school…No autumn holidays…@_@
ANYWAYS! I went through the teacher's entrance because I didn't know where the students Genkan was.
Did a Jikoshokai (self introduction) in front of teachers. I stuffed up a bit, but it got passed off as 'cute' so meh.
I went to my homeroom, had my skirt length checked and read a book.
1st period, we had what's called 'Chapel'.
Basically, in their hall, we listened to people talk about God*,read verses from the bible*, prayed * and sung a hymn*. (*in Japanese)
The kanji in the lyrics had hiragana above it so I survived. There was a girl playing the on the organ so yeah, 'twas mildly interesting.
So! I then had English, Kokugo (basically hard Japanese), Maths, Lunch, Home economics and a Japanese special lesson which is a one-on one for me, then we had PE, which was Dodge ball.
In English, we were in what's called Callroom 1.
They had to write about what they wanted to do in the future, then record it and send it to the 'student resources' I guess.
Of course, I did it in Japanese!
Well, It was time to go home, so I put on my 'way-too-tiny' shoes, walked to the train station and got the train, ANDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDD!
I was in the wrong direction to go out of the train station, didn't properly know how to find my bus stop, going way, way, way beyond it and I was getting tired from my first day of school, my feet got blisters from my small tight shoes WITH heels and I was getting ready to give up.
Luckily, the school principal was driving by and he found me. He drove me home and told me how he understands the difficulties of being an exchange student be he studied in Germany for a couple years. It was funny because sometimes he didn't know a word in English and say it in German and he would sometimes say 'nien'!
Day 9 & 10: Weekend
I watched Issa, my little host brother's karate lesson/
Slept in a lot.
We also went to the shopping center.
Can't remember much.
Okay, that's the end of Part One!
That equals to 19 songs approximately 3 minutes so around 57 minutes of typing.
Gah, my back hurts.
NEXT POST: PART 2!
Saturday, August 27, 2011
But not for long, I gotta go soon so yeah.
I realised how bad 'In Sapporo Insanity' sounded and found out it would make more sense as 'Insanity in Sapporo'.
The lameness is still there but neh.
I've uploaded more photos to facebook, so those who are my fb friends, go check it out.
Woke up really early.
Had breakfast and
Said goodbye to Josh.
Toook a bus to go to have an orientation in a school in Tokyo for everyone going being in the Tokyo area.
(got caught taking a quick nap xP)
Got put into groups by the contry, so i was in Group One, with other Australians and New Zealanders.
Got to walk around a block in Tokyo, saw a shire (one in the film 'Memoirs of a Geisha'), I got purified and I prayed for luck.
Had a strawberry jam and margarine bun and water for lunch back in the school cafeteria.
Got onto the bus again to a different hotel
Got individual rooms *bliss*
I think everyone stayed in the hotel for the whole day so pretty much I was walking around in hotel slippers. lol.
The other 'Australian' arrived- but she was actually British and because there wasn't anything AFS in the UK she asked AFS Australia to be a part of it.
Breakfast- there was Nattou!!!!!!
It was gross and tasted like bad stinky cheese.
Did some group work~
Q & A session.
Closing Ceremony w/ a Talent show and speaking corner (improv speech about your goals in Japan and stuff).
I sung "When Sunny Gets Blue".
I was supposed to be first but I got nervous and forgotten the lyrics! haha
so I got to go 2nd last.
Did a speech as well, but I pretty sure I was rambling.
Friday, August 19, 2011
The airport was so confusing and humid.
Well, We find out that they are from Melbourne, on the same trip to Japan!
Sweet as, brah~
|Meeting the AFS Volunteers at the Airport|
|My bus buddy from Melboure|
But yeah, feels just like Sydney at the moment.
|One of the first of many Vending machines.|
K, love you guys.
P.s I know it was supposed to be short and quick but how could I ever narrow it down?