We graduated from high school on Saturday and my family and aunt and uncle there to witness a milestone in my life. I also graduated at the same time as my sister which wasn't something I expected when I started high school, but it's funny how life turns out.

It was a very calm celebration unlike the ones in Sweden but very sweet. In Sweden when you graduate the tradition entails champagne breakfast at school with your teachers and peers, then you run out of school in front of a crowd that is all your friends, family's and relatives who are holding up a sign with your baby picture on it. All girls wear white dresses. Then the class gets on the back of a truck where you usually continue drinking, dancing, yelling and waving at people you pass by as you drive around the city with blasting music. Parents, relatives and friends also hang stuff around your neck from yellow and blue ribbons like flowers, small bottles of champagne, champagne glasses or stuffed animals.

Graduation here meant wearing the graduation robes and hats, listening to really sweet and heartfelt speeches, performing a song the class had chosen and walking up on stage to collect your diploma as your full name is called out. Then the ceremony ends with everybody tossing their hats in the air and then people embrace. My parents and aunt and uncle had prepared stuff to hang around us. It was nice to have a reminder of Sweden.

I am both relieved that I've graduated but also sad about the fact that it's already over. I've had so many amazing teachers and my school has been great and I've met such great people along the way. I don't regret moving to Japan although it meant I had to redo a year. A year isn't too much in the grand scheme of things. In a month I'll find out my grades and I can find out what university I'll be attending in fall.

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Exams are 110% over, I can finally start having a life again and it's insane to have so little to do. Tomorrow Bella and I head off to our senior trip to Minakami. It's up in the mountains and we'll be doing activities and chilling with the class. We got to chose three activities to do so I chose canoeing, canyoning and mountain biking, and we are all doing river rafting as a whole class. It's going to be so much fun. We'll be gone for 3 nights. I packed early this morning when I was waiting for my parents to arrive after having picked up my other aunt and uncle (I have a lot of aunts and uncles haha) and I'm done with that. Then I made pancakes with mango and strawberries.

On Friday we celebrated the fact that exams are over so first I had dinner with my parents at Barbacoa, a Brazilian restaurant. Then I met up with people at Lea's house and we chilled there before going to Shibuya for karaoke. Saturday I went out for dinner with Mohima and Tomoko at a tapas restaurant.

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I started this blogpost this morning but never had a chance to finish it as I had to get ready to go out:
Its Saturday morning and sat on the sofa eating breakfast, watching a documentary about Earthquakes with my dad. He'll watch any type of documentary and I'd rather sit here and pretend to myself that I'm doing something productive towards studying for geography whilst half heartedly listening to what's on the tv. Nope now he changed to a instruction video on how to use Instagram and what the new update entails. See, anything.

Anyway the week hasn't been one of my best as I've been stressed and also very impatient for exams to end as they keep dragging on and it doesn't feel like it's ever going to end. Friday turned my mood around completely though which I'm very thankful for as I hate feeling so down. I went to school, had my psychology exam and I was really relieved with the questions that was on It and felt as if I did the very best I could do. After the exam, going home was pretty much the last thing I wanted to do. I went with Ines and Elena to Roppongi where we bought salads from a salad bar and then sat outside in one of the outside tables in Roppongi hills and talked and ate. Then we walked around a bit and stopped for desert. It took my mind of school and the weather was nice. When I got home my parents had booked the BBQ area and we had dinner outside cooked on the BBQ. Bella, my sister finished her exams that day and so we were celebrating that. It was nice to be with the whole family eating and talking.

The lunch in Roppongi:

BBQ:

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I'm so full right now. We had dinner at an Arabic restaurant tonight with my aunt and uncle. It's their last day here before moving on to visit Kyoto.

Other than that this week has been terribly unexciting with exams. I had only 4 exams during the whole week which meant that I had a morning exam or an afternoon exam but never both. That left me with a lot of time to do other things. I went to the pool on some days or had lunch with my mum or went to Harajuku with Ines and Elena. On Thursday I did end up staying in school almost the full day cause my geography teacher had a study session in the morning and I had my Swedish exam in the afternoon. Only India and I came to the revision session (it was completely optional) and then India had to leave and so it was me and the teacher and whatever I wanted her to go through. So worth it and I can finally explain what El Niño is so if that isn't on the test I'm gonna be hella pissed.

^ one of the messages on a big poster that was made by the first graders in our school hanging outside the auditorium where we take our exams.

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Today was filled with excitement as my aunt and uncle arrived (another aunt and uncle, not the ones that were here a couple of weeks ago) and they are gonna stay with us for a week. It's a shame that my exams start tomorrow and that I'll be really busy. They also brought along my prom dress that I had shipped to their address in Sweden and I'm really happy that it fit and that I liked it. I was starting to get stressed that I wouldn't like it or that it wouldn't fit well and that I wouldn't have time to get it exchanged before prom.

Other than that I have invested in a new pair of shoes since my current ones are quiet literally falling apart. I walked to Shibuya (takes about 40 minutes) and bought the shoes and also a couple of new pens for my exams. Gotta be prepared. Im also very much in love with my shoes and I feel like a kid walking around with them inside the apartment. Now I'm chilling by the pool dreading the moment I'll have to go and study. I have my English lit along with Swedish lit exams this week starting tomorrow. Exams haven't even started but I'm already so ready for them to be done.

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Because you're acute-y.

As the lame math pickup line suggests I've been studying math today which is basically my least favorite subject in the entire world. I don't think I have learned anything during the time I studied, but I do have a bunch of highlighted questions that I'm getting Bella to explain to me once she get's back home from having been to school to study. The only thing I like with math though is that I can listen to music whilst I work and I don't get distracted. Here are 3 of the songs that have been playing on repeat in my headphones today.

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Yesterday marked my very last day of normal high school. My class didn't take the whole senior week lightly, which I am glad for as it gave us a chance to really enjoy our last time at YIS. Senior week started of with a different theme to dress up for every day and the themes were Nerd Day, Beach Day, Superhero Day, All Day Party, Sports Day and lastly Camping Day. For some days we did things to go with the theme so for example during Beach Day we all chilled on the school roof area blasting music during our breaks and on the All Day Party day we went all out with a beer (water) pong tournament at lunch and made a huge banner to hang on the door of the cafeteria.

On Monday evening we had a senior sleepover in the school gym. First we had pizza on the roof, then people did different things such as basketball, or played boardgames or just messed around. Then we all settled down to watch a horror movie on the projector. Part of the reason we slept over in the gym in the first place was that the next day it was Senior Prank Day and so we were going to go to school early anyway.

At 6 in the morning on the Tuesday we got up to start preparing all our pranks. The prank that I was in charge off was putting up a tent in the foyer since it was camping themed. Later people hung up a washing line with clothes hanging from it and put chairs outside. The staircases were blocked with chairs so that people would have to take longer ways around to get around to wherever they were going. Some classrooms were completely emptied except for the teacher's desk that was put in the very middle. All the teachers chairs were stolen to be auctioned off at break time. The freshman classes were left a message on the whiteboard that said "to the freshman babies" and diapers were put out on the desks. The intercom was hijacked where India welcomed everybody to the summer camp. Memes were plastered absolutely everywhere and the toilet doors were covered with signs that said Class of 2016. All the plants in the entire building was put into one of the classrooms and a booth was set up where chairs for classrooms could be bought back for 200 yen. A marriage was officiated during break time.

At lunch time our parents arrived at school to attend the senior Garden Party again on the roof. Food was served and we ate and hung out and that was basically have our last day of school went.

On Monday exams start and in three weeks we are officially done with the IB.

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Our little mini overnight stay has been wonderful and it's a little sad that it's already over. Right now Bella and I are on the Shinkansen and should be back in Tokyo within an hour. Then we'll have to take a couple of more trains before we're home home.

Yesterday evening at dinner at the hotel we decided to get up before sunrise and then go out to see it. What sounded like a brilliant plan yesterday wasn't as tempting when the alarm went off at 4:45 in the morning. I've kinda messed up my sleeping pattern during the two week break, I have gone to bed at 2ish and woken up at 12ish and so going to bed didn't work out for me. I couldn't fall asleep until like 3ish. But true to our word at 5am we were dressed and heading out of the hotel. Except dad, he promptly went back to sleep.

We walked for two hours uphill, didn't actually find a good spot to watch the sunrise from but it didn't matter because we got to see other really pretty views, like Mount Fuji. I think we were all pretty out it to be honest, I was looking at this map of the hiking trails around the area and I was like pointing to this spot (couldn't be any further from the place on the map where we actually were) and I was like "we should be right about here right?" Bella looks at me with an unimpressed expression and with a raised eyebrow that translates into "dumbass" she points to the arrow that says, "you are here". Guess who didn't try to help any more with the map reading after that. Bella wasn't much better though, she tells us insightfully that, "whatever hills that you walk down are hills you have to walk back up again" like its something that we aren't already aware of. At the end of the walk we reached Lake Ashinoko which was really pretty with the fog.

After the two hour walk, we returned to the hotel and went to breakfast, and this time dad actually joined us. After breakfast I was looking forward to a nap but I had no such luck. Instead we walked down to the lake again so that dad could see it. We ended up going on the boat across the lake to the other side. There were these old samurai toll gates that were there once upon a time in order to stop weapons from being taken in. There was a type of exhibition there and so we went to that. Then we had lunch and at after that we returned once again to the hotel. The hotel had a tennis court and my mum loves tennis and so we booked the court for an hour. My parents are both good at tennis, but that hasn't been passed down to either Bella or me cause we both suck. Bella did manage to impressively absorb the shock of a ball with her nose and I managed to get a carpet burn on my knee from falling over. Bella also managed to get three balls over the high fence surrounding the court and into the onsen hot springs. Hopefully no one was enjoying onsen at that particular time.

After our intense tennis match that mum and I won (my family get strangely competitive) we went to onsen before taking the bus to the train station. Onsen is probably one of the best things about most Japanese hotels. It's like hot springs and almost all hotels have it.

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We're up in the mountains hoping to do some
hiking tomorrow. We've been busy this break with relatives coming to visit the first half of spring break and Bella and I've have had to study. We didn't plan any trips and instead decided just to have an overnight stay somewhere. We've ended up in Hakone, Bella and I are staying only for one night and then we're taking the bus and train back to Tokyo. I have a football game on Saturday back so I need to get back earlier. My parents are staying here for one more night after that.

Earlier this week on Tuesday we had a team dinner with people from football. After dinner we also did karaoke and it was awesome because we're all in different grades and we don't hang out much, but we have fun when we do. We have another tournament coming up in April and we are going to Osaka once again.

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