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Wednesday: Today after Japanese class, I don’t think I did too much, so it was just back to the dorm to get ready for another days worth of classes.
Thursday: Today, we watched a video on Leo Sirota, and wrote a final paper on it. It was a really easy politics final, and a fun one. After that I was hanging out with the photography club members, for a bit, and then Bryan and I started on our final project for Culture class.
Friday: Bryan, Moe, Daiki, Moro, and I finally got to go to Kamakura!!! It was rainy, but it was a really nice scene. We got to see most of the temples, and what not. It was really nice. :) Then after that, I left to go have a nomikai with the Photography club! It was such a great time, they even made me a good bye card!! We drank, and had lots of fun, and then it was off to bowling!!! We bowled 5 games!! I couldn’t get back in time to the dorm, so 6 of us stayed at another members apartment. It was really far, but pretty spacious for being an apartment. 3 of us slept on the bed, but it was reallly hard towards the end so I moved to another part of the apartment, but it was too cold!! So I woke up around 10 or so while no one woke up till about 11:30 the next day.
Saturday: After waking up the next day at about 10, I left the apartment at around 12, and then went straight to school to finish up put my photos onto dry panel for the photo exhibition. Then it was back to the dorm to work on my bunka project with Bryan and Moe. We go through most of the translating, and then we went out to a bar called Aloha 6S. The bar is run by 6 sisters! It was really nice, Koki, Moe, Anna, Marissa, Bryan, and I ended up singing a lot of free karaoke with the bar hostess, and I got a dish named after me! TYSON spam! It’s just spam with shoyu/sugar mix mixed in, you know Hawai’I style! Then it was back to the dorm to rest up for another day of fun!
Sunday: Got a later start, and then it was off to Moniqa’s host families house for fajitas! It was a great time! I had to leave early though to meet up with some photography club members at Enoshima, but before that….We had lots of tacos, and yummy food that was prepared by Moniqa, Ami, and Moniqa’s host family. It was really good! It was a fun time, and there was a lot of alcohol going around, but because I was going somewhere else I only had a beer. It was then off with Moro (who kindly took me all the way to the station) to Kamakura to meet up with Tsuchi, and Hamaken! I luckily met Tsuchi on the train by chance, and we got to Kamakura and waited for Hamaken. From Kamakura, we went on the Enoden, which is a really small train line, and really cool! We waited for awhile to get on the train like it was a Disney attraction! haha. We were all atuffed in the train, and then finally got off at Enoshima Station. From there we walked to the island, and walked up and through the different shrines taking pictures, and talking. Then finally we got to the night view which was absolutely amazing!!! I got some great shots in, and it was absolutely theeeee best! After we had dinner at an Okonomiyaki place, and parted ways at Hakkei station. Then it was off to bed for the last week of school!
Monday: Started my last week of class in Japanese. I was a pretty simple class. That was it, and then it was back to the dorm!
Tuesday: We took our final culture test which I aced! Then we had our presentations on Japanese culture during the next section. It was a really easy, and fun day. After class I then went to develop my roll of film that I took at Enoshima! Then I had my last photography meeting that I could attend during my study abroad time in Japan!
Wednesday: Today, I developed the rest of my pictures that I had taken. It was a lot of fun even though it was the last time I would be able to develop pictures while studying abroad at KGU. I got to make really large prints, which was awesome!
Thursday: Today, we headed to the Foreign Press Club in Yurakucho, and had our farewell with our politics professor. It was great, we learned about a type of traditional Japanese comedy, and got to take a picture with the guy who spoke. He’s very famous in Japan, but none of us exchange students really knew anything about it. Then it was back off to the dorm to get ready for the next days classes. But we first had to make the farewell poster for the buddies!!!
Friday: After Japanese class we made different posters that reflected our time at KGU with our Japanese teachers. It was pretty fun! Then it was off to our farewell party. All the host families came, but not too many other students were able to attend. Overall everyone pretty much cried, but it was still really fun, and a good time. After we all went to karaoke, and sang and drank with Eguchi san!!! :) It was a blast! Then we went to a nijikai, and had more drinks with Eguchi. Then we all went back home right before the gates closed on us! haha! Also Yudai stayed over!! :) That was really fun too!
榛名神社ーHaruna Shrine Part 1
While I was in Gunma, last year’s Linfield Exchange Students from Japan were able to meet with us in Gunma. Yudai and his girlfriend Shino were able to take us up to Haruna Shrine, which was one of the coolest ones I have been to. At first your walking on a path along a deep valley, and then you are at the shrine which is built into the surrounding cliff side. Also the trees were in the middle of changing colors so it was really pretty! I have to do two parts because its hard to upload pictures here in the dorm with the bad internet connection.
The Top picture is from the morning that we left Gunma, it was taken right outside of Maebashi Station, it was amazing because the rain was just pouring the night before.
The bottom picture is when we went to the elementary school this week, we attended a cooking class which had boys, but it looks like none of them wanted to be in the picture haha. Then we attended a social studies class and I was able to each lunch with one of my host brothers!
榛名神社第二 Haruna Shrine Part Two
On our way out we stopped by a shop and had some Misoden! Ill probably post pictures of them when I have another food post, but its Konnyaku (which Gunma is known for) with this sesame seed sauce. It was pretty good! Then we had an hour car drive back to Maebashi, thanks to Shino for driving us!
Sorry it has been so long since the last update!
Saturday: On Saturday, I got up after Nomikai and headed out with Bryan to see my grandparents at the Shiba Park hotel. They were going to be leaving in a few days, so they wanted to have lunch and do a little shopping with me. It was really fun, I had never been to the places they were at, and took me! The Shiba Park lunch was good, and then we went to a really cheap department store, that I had never seen or heard of before. It was a great time, then Bryan and I made our way back to Yokohama, so Bryan could work on his project.
Sunday: Sunday was really lazy, and I didn’t do too much. I woke up at about 8:30 to go to school, and print pictures with Tsuchiya. It was really fun. I got to print pictures that I am going to be showing for a photo exhibition in December! I then went to my host families house for dinner as usual, and we had a great time. I got to eat good food, as usual, and I watched Tokyo Airport with my siblings! :) They are so gerat, and it’s always such a good time to hang out with them.
Monday: On Monday after school, I printed pictures with Yui to finish up some final touches of the pictures that I was going to show at the photography club meeting for the photo exhibition in December. It was really great! I didn’t finish till really late though, so it was kind of a bummer. But, I am glad that I got everything done.
Tuesday: Today, we got up really early, and met Eguchi-san at the train station to go make our very own soba and do Zazen (meditation). We almost missed the train because of a late student, but we made it just in the knick of time!!! Soba making was really difficult, but it was really fun!! After cooking our soba, eating it just tasted so much better. It is really true that what you make taste a lot better then what someone else has made. After soba, we headed off to Zazen, it was alright. The priest was nice enough to be caring, and not constantly hit us if we weren’t able to sit in the proper position. After that we were off on our own, and it was back to the dorm. I had to go to Photography club, so I got off at Kanazawa Hakkei, and said goodbye to the others. At Photography club I showed my 4 pictures, and they are going to be shown at the exhibition! :)
Wednesday: Today I didn’t do too much, and I just went to class, and then came back to the dorm. It was one of the least productive days I have had in awhile.
Thursday: Today, our group went to the American Embassy, and the National Diet of Japan. It was a great experience for both locations and really fun. I wish I had been able to take pictures, but of course, because they are secured locations no one is allowed to take any sorts of pictures. Our teacher then took us to the Nippon Journalist Club for a small tour, and as well as some coffee. He’s really great, and is always looking out for us, and trying to let us do exciting new things. After we got back from the field trip, I just went back to the dorm and cruzed until Bryan got back and we had dinner together.
Friday: Today, we didn’t have class till 1 because of our “Let’s Enjoy Japanese” presentation. It went well, but I didn’t really want to do it. Everyone did great, and we all did great presentations all in Japanese. I gave a report, sang a song, and read a story with Bryan that he illustrated. After I gave my report, which was on earthquakes, a small earthquake occurred, boy was that frightening! After the presentations, Bryan and I rushed back to the dorm to get ready to go to Yokohama to meet Yudai and then it was off to Gunma! We took the 2.5 hour long train and 1 train switch to get there. It was REALLY long, but all worth it. We got in at about 10:05, and at 10:30 we were having our nomikai! It was great to see all of the study abroad students from Kyoai from the past two years. I had a great time seeing all of them. :) We were then lucky enough to stay at Takaaki’s house for the night instead of sleeping at an internet cafe.
Saturday: We got up at about 7, and then it was off to the train station to wait for Yudai. It was really exhausting considering we only got about 4 hours of sleep, and that we drank the night before. After, Yudai and Shino picked us up we went to Starbucks at Takasaki Station, and waited for about 3 hours. We slept and had coffee. Then, Misato picked us up along with Steven, and it was off to the mall! We met up with Satsuki and Tomo, where we had a good time just taking purikura, and hanging out. It was quite fun, and then Shino came and got us, and it was off to the shrine. (I can’t remember the name). It was an hour drive, and in the curvy mountain, but DEFINITELY worth it! :) It was beautiful with all the changing leaves, and it was a little bit drizzly, which made it even better. :) Then we came back, and Shino dropped us of at Maebashi Station. We got a hotel room, at the Toyoko Inn, and then it was off to ramen. It was decent, but there wasn’t much taste to the soup. Then we met up with Gabe, and he drove us to Shino’s part time job onsen! It was really nice, and relaxing. The outside furo was really nice, and because it was really cold it made for a great combination. After that Taemin came back, and it was back to the hotel. We then had to drink in the lobby, because we could not drink in our rooms with Taemin and Gabe. It was really strange, but we made the best of it. Then Yurika came after that, and we just talked and reminisced. Shino also came after her part time job finished.
Sunday: It was an early wake up call, and Yudai, Bryan, and I were back and off to Yokohama. It took us about 2.5 hours, but I was able to get all of my homework done! It was a great time on the train even if we mostly slept. We then had lunch at Sukiya, and then parted ways. I got to the play tennis against a wall while Shimon was there with his buddies from school. It was really fun, even if we didn’t get to actually rally or play together. Then we went back to his house for dinner. Bryan met us there, and we had tempura! It was great and delicious, as always. I fell asleep a lot, but I stayed up to watch Tokyo Airport with the family and Bryan. :)
Monday: After school, I met up with Yui again to enlarge my pictures for the exhibition. We thought it was going to take 7 or so hours, but we only took 3.5 hours. It was really great, and then I went back to the dorm to meet up with Bryan to start our presentation for culture class.
Tuesday: Today, we went to the elementary school to see the 5th and 6th graders. We got to see their cooking class as well as their social studies class. It was really cool. At lunch they were a lot calmer, and seemed less interested then the 2nd and 3rd graders did from the first time we went. It was still fun though. :) After that we came back to school and talked about our final exam and presentation. After that I made my way to Kamioooka (yes there’s technically 3 o’s) to get supplies to mount my pictures. It was a nice leisurely trip since I had lots of time. I then went to Daie on my way back to school as well. It was a calm trip, but knowing that it’s coming to an end is not very fun at all. I then went to the weekly photography club meeting, and it was a great time as usual. Since it was the last day to turn in photos for the photo exhibition we went all the way till 9:20. It took awhile, but it’s always fun to see everyone’s photography, and different comments on their pictures.
Sorry, it has been such a long time since I have posted! ><; I finished fall break and then it was right back into the rhythm of school.
Thursday: Anna, and I checked out of the hotel and we were chilling around Hokkaido and Odori Park before it was time for us to go to the airport. We had a good time. We ate a candy tomato, its outside is made out of tomato puree. I actually saw it on a NHK Tv program! After that we walked around some more, and bought some souvenirs and had them shopped back to the dorm for only $5! :D We then were off to the airport! We got to the airport early, and we just hung out and ate dinner. We had a lot of time. So when we got onto the plane we each had 3 seats to ourself in one whole row! That was pretty cool, but we decided to sit next to each other just to have a better time. Our luggage came out quickly so we were able to catch the bus from Narita to Yokohama station with ease, and not too much nervousness. We then talked with Koki for a little bit, and then it was off to Hakkei. We got home around 12:50, and I didn’t go to sleep till about 1:30 because of unpacking and showering. Then it was off to be for an early next day.
Friday: I woke up at 8:30, and I was off to school at 9 to work for the Photography club. When I got there I gave out some of the omiyage I had bought for everyone, and they were all so excited. The school festival was really amazing! America doesn’t have these sorts of things, so it was really fun. All the food booths are run by circles or clubs to help raise money for their clubs. It’s a great way to see friends as well! Everything went mighty well, and it was really great. Then my grandparents came to visit! It was great, we walked around and they saw my photography. We then went to see my host family, and then my host mom took my grandparents to a hotel to stay at for the night. My host mom was so surprised! I was too though, not thinking that my grandparents were going to come as well! haha! It was a good time though. I then hung out with my host brother and sister for the last night of the home stay, and then it was off to bed for another early wake up call.
Saturday: I got up around 7:30 to get ready, and go to breakfast with my host family, and grandparents at their hotel. It was really delicious! Then it was time to move back into the dorm. Then my host dad dropped me off in front of KGU, and it was off for another day of activities! I worked the check in desk for the club for about an hour, and then I went off to look at all the food. I bought the food as well. :) It was all so delicious! Then after I went to the elementary school with Kotoko, Yuya, Koki, Moe, Anna, Jurina, Hanaka, and Bryan. It was really fun! I got to see my host sister’s haunted house that her class created. It was pretty scary for costing only 50 cents. So I learned that on Culture Day in Japan most private and Christian schools hold Bazaars to raise money for charity. It was really nice to learn that from my host mom. I had a great time there, and then we walked over to the middle school as well where we got waffles, and popcorn for only $5! It was a great deal. Then it was back to school, and then to watch Moro perform! We also then watched the dance club perform! It was all really good! Then I helped the Photography club take down all the pictures, and move everything back to the club house. We then all got ready to go to a nomikai! I had the best time at the nomikai! Everyone had a really great time, and there were even graduates there since it was an OB nomikai. I had a really great time. After the nomikai we went onto a second location for a bit, and then I left to go meet Bryan, Moe, Ayaka, and Daiki to go have ramen near Oppama. It was great! We had ramen, and then went back to the dorm for sleep.
Sunday: Today we got a late start, and then Bryan and I went to go meet Ayaka, Moe, and Daiki at Yokohama station to go explore China town! It was great, at China town we had a tabehodai, for $17. It was a great deal!! We then headed for purikura at World Portus at Minatomirai. It was fun, and then I went to my host families house for dinner. My host brother, sister, and I watched Tokyo Airport, and we chilled out. It was a great time.
Monday: Japanese class was the same as usual. Bryan, Yudai, Hanaka, and I worked out, and then we went out to rent CDs from Tsutaya, and then we had ramen!! It was a good tiem to catch up and hang out with the buddies. :) Then it was time to study, and then off to bed.
Tuesday: During our morning session of our culture class, we were off to the elementary school! It was great! the kids were adorable, and we had a great time hanging out with them. We then had lunch in different classrooms with the students. Then it was back to school, where we talked about our field trip for the upcoming Tuesday. Right after class, I chilled out for a bit with Moe, Daiki, and Bryan. We returned the Cd’s to Tsutaya, and then we went our own ways. I had to go back to school to develop my film that I took in Hokkaido. It took about 2 hours, and then after that I went to the photography club meeting. It was chill as usual, and I was just happy that I was able to be able to join the club! I then got to upload my black and white photos to the computer.
Wednesday: Bryan and I worked out after school with Daiki, and then we just headed back to the dorm. It was a pretty relaxed day. After that Bryan and I just chilled out, and did homework.
Thursday: After class, the class went with our professor to Kyodo News and with one of his students from Toyo University. It was really great. We got a tour, and it was cool to see all the different media sections. Then we had dinner with our professor. He bought us drinks on drinks on drinks, and then food on top of that. It was really nice of him, and it was a really good time. Then we came back to the dorm to relax, and wake up early for school.
Friday: I went to tennis circle after that it was off to Marissa’s surprise birthday party! Moro and I got there just in time, and it was good because Marissa came about 5 or 6 minutes later. We then all drank and were merry until Koki made me remember 2 years ago when he left Linfield, and how I only have less then 30 days left in Japan. I cried a heck of a lot, and made a scene. It was bad…But I was then happy-fied when everyone went to go get ramen! We had a great time. Despite all of my crying, and others being a little sick. It was a great time. I don’t want to leave Japan though!!!! >_<
Today, Anna and I got up at about 9:30 to head out for Otaru. It was a 30 minute train ride, and a nice one. We went along the sea cost and it was great! We arrived at Otaru and went around looking for different places off a really junk map! >_< That’s okay though, we found cool and different things to see and do. :) We then had really great sushi for lunch! At SushiZamurai. :) After that we went down to the Otaru canal where we were able to take a canal tour in ENGLISH! Our guide was white, and he was really nice, and was able to give us the whole tour in English because we were the only two on the cruise! :) That was really fun! After that we left for home! We then got to order Pizza Hut pizza that was really good! :) It doesn’t seem like we did a lot, but the it was a great time! We walked around a lot, and we did a lot. (: We had a really good time just walking around and enjoying all of what Otaru had to offer! We also got Otaru beer which is over 5% alcohol. It was really cool to find out that Otaru brews German style beer, they have their own wine, and they have the best sushi and crab! :) I got some wine for my host family as well! :)
Today, Anna and I got up at about 9:30 and it was off to the Ishiya chocolate factory! This is where they make Shiroi KoiBito which is by far the BEST chocolate cookie I have ever had. It is comprised of two thin butter cookies, with a sweet white chocolate filling in between. ORGASMIC. Anna, and I too the tour of the factory, and it was really fun. We also got to make our own cookies. It was really fun! It was a great experience. We then walked around the park some more, and bought our souvenirs, and omiyage. It was a great time. We spent A LOT of money though…haha. We also got to see how they make candy! the role the sugar and add coloring, and do this over and over, until it’s just right. The whole process took about an hour, and it was so cool to see them do this! Then Anna and I headed back for the hotel. We first stopped by the Walmart of Japan! Walmart actually owns the store, and there was all Walmart stuff in the store! That was a big shock! I learned from my host mom told me that Walmart was the first company outside of Japan to break into the Japanse market, as a super center type thing. Then we came back to the hotel to rest up for ramen alley! We then headed out to ramen alley, and it started raining ): But that’s okay! We had really great ramen at ojiji!! He was a nice old man who apparently has been making ramen since 1968!! So amazing! :D We also wrote a card, and got it put up on his wall! There were a lot of business cards from China, Korea, and Japan but none from America or in English! So Anna and I were the first!! He was really kind, and then it was back home! We then had a few drinks in our room, and skyped Koki. It was a good time! Now off to bed, for a long day tomorrow in Otaru!
Sunday: So I got up late today, and I was all alone since the host family went to Shizuoka to visit a grave of a family member. I got up and did homework, and ate good food that my host mom left me, as always! Then I typed up my two reports and sent it off to my politics professor. It was a really chill day. I finished up all my final packing and getting ready for Hokkaido. It was really relaxing, but I was still a bit nervous! Then Anna came around 5 and we booked it to her house so she could do her packing, and because we were a little behind schedule her host dad was nice enough to drive her to the train station. :) We got there with more than enough time, and then caught the train into Tokyo. We then met Koki at Tokyo station and hung out for a bit. The new station is really nice, and amazing! It was really done very nice. We then said our goodbyes and it was time for Anna and I to get on the train, and by surprise and just for fun Koki got on the train with us too, but got off earlier at a stop where his brother lives. haha. That was an experience. Anna and I then got to the hotel, where we were lucky to stay in room 808! It was a great time. We just chilled, and then went to bed.
Monday: Today, Anna and I woke up at 3:40 to get ready for our cab at 4:15 to take us to Narita for our adventure to Hokkaido. We got to the airport early, and we were lucky to get emergency exit row seats next to eachother which was great!!! Jet Star is a real basic carrier, and you have to pay for every service, but it was alright, Ijust bought a bottle of water, and then we were on our way. It was a good easy flight. Luckily for us when we landed there was no rain!! :) We really lucked out on that one. Then we travelled into Sapporo from Chitose Airport. From Sapporo station we caught another train to Nishi 11 Chome where we got to the hotel and dropped off our luggage at about 10 am. Then it was off to explore Odori Koen and the surrounding area. We walked all the way down Odori Koen and then we walked to the Sapporo TV tower for a quick look around. It was very simple. Then we walked off in the wrong direction, but we got to eat at a Mos Burger so that was a plus. Then it was off to the clock tower. It was a litte less than I expected, but non the less it was something I wanted to see. Then we walked to the old Sapporo government building which was free of charge and wayyy better. Everything was really nice and the culture and old history in the building was nice. The design was actually borrowed from Massachusetts! It is made out of red brick. Next we walked around some more, and found an underground shopping mall. I actually came across one of the stores that I saw on a NHK program while I was in Hawaii. That was soooo cool! :) Then with enough time, we walked back to the hotel to check in. When we checked in we went up to the room, and just crashed. We then got up at around 7 ish, and went to eat ramen a little mom and pop shop next to the hotel. It was really delicious! Some of the best ramen I have had so far. Butter Corn ramen which is the specialty of Hokkaido! :) Off to bed for a long adventure tomorrow again!
So on Friday, me and Tyson went up to Ikebukuro to meet with last year exchange student and best friend Ryota, as well as Matt Hipperson, a Linfield Japanese Sempai who is currently job hunting! We stayed the night at Ryota’s house, which is a very old fashioned Japanese farming house.
Then Today we went back to Ikebukuro and visited Rikkyo University (I cant remember the English name) and stopped by Harajuku on the way back to Yokohama. Me and Tyson (being abnormally large) were approached by numerous, and very large, street Jamaicans who tried to get us to visit a shop more suited for our size! Then after I returned back home, later at night, me and my host family went to an onsen in Yokosuka, and ate dinner there as well. It was a very good start for fall break :)