I found my favourite coffee place for now, Doutor. Besides coffee, they have really nice (and cheap) Sandwiches too.
Oh my guys, it's been such a long time! I'm sorry~ I promise all of you at home, I'm still doing fine, haha!
So I've been pretty busy — with school, mostly — and a lot has happened over the past two weeks, so this will probably just be like a quick recap. One of the more fun things we got to do in school was participate in the welcoming of spring. Here in Japan they have a cermony where you throw beans at Oni (demons) to shun away the bad from last year and welcome spring in good spirits. We were quite startled when someone suddenly slammed their fists against the door of our classroom in the middle of class, and in came two Oni to invite us to participate in the cermony at the first floor on our break. We were handed small bags of beans and threw them at the Oni when they appared (how funny is the staff at our school? They'd all dressed up and everything. They're all really very nice.) Afterwards we got to eat the beans — you should supposedly eat the number of your age, but they tasted so good no one exactly listened to that — and then we went back to class with smiles on our faces. I kept one of the bean bags as a souvenir and have it in my room.
One of the evenings we went and ate hot-pot, which was really nice. The broth was amazing! I've been to a lot more foodplaces, izakaya, chinese, korean ramen, katsudon e.t.c. but I haven't been taking so many pictures because my mind has been occupied with other things — so the hot-pot is all you get!!
Last saturday, the 4th, I went to Harajuku again, this time with Liz (or as I call her, Riz — because the Japanese don't have the L sound, that's what we call her in class) because there was really not enough time to discover everything the first time! I keep having to remind myself to use mi Instax camera, and now I've taken to carrying it with me in my bag everyday — just in case. (You never know when you'll stumble into a quaint restaurant and end up having the meal of your life! And when that happens, you want to make memories~) I brought it last saturday and we had a blast using it all night when we went back to Champion (the karaoke bar in Golden Gai.)
The biggest reason as to why I've been absent is, of course, school — more accurately, schoolwork. We've started Kanji, and while our normal homework only increases in difficulty (not by amount) there's still a lot of studying that has to be done both in the mornings and evenings to keep up with all the new phrases and rules, as well as the five-kanji-a-day-pace that our teacher's have set for us. Every third day we have a test on Kanji where we only get around 5~6 minutes to read and translate between Kanji and Hiragana on a paper. Like I said, we learn five a day, so every test is of the ten we learnt the two previous days, and it goes on like that. Kanji is difficult, I'll admit. They're complicated to learn, since one sign can be read in five different ways depending on the word they're used in. Some are easier than other's, because the only have two readings, but some are a real pain to get the hang of, and the general tip is to just get it into your head. Just shove it in there, read them over and over again until you know the five words where the same Kanji is read differently in each and every one of them. Just learn to tell them apart and know which is which. There's really not much more to it. To quote Shia La'Beouf "Just do it."
Honestly, it is stressful, but the stress comes and goes, and reality is that you just deal with it. As long as I study, I'm fine. It'll only become a problem if I slack off (which I don't plan to) and so I'll just keep at it. Studying Japanese is very busy.
On another note; our homeroom teacher, Yoshitani-sensei, challanged our class last week to learn all 47 prefectures of Japan — if we could make it, she promised she would buy us おかし (Okashi — candy), and thanks to everyones effort (and mostly Riz who learnt all of them) we pulled it off! She wrote them onto the whiteboard as we counted them, and we held off our break just to get the last two onto the list — it was amazing. The next day that we had her she brought different kinds of Japanese candy and poured them into a bag she kept at the front of the classroom, and everyone could go and grab some whenever they wanted. It was nice, and we even shared with the other classes too.
The last picture was one I took from the bus when I was headed to the city-office in Adachi (something about mail that couldn't be delivered — which still hasn't been solved lmao eyyy, it's pretty complicated.) This is the Arakawa river that I go over every morning with my metro, and the blue bridge on the picture is actually the one my line crosses. It's a very nice picture to start each day off to.
I've done so many more things, but I'm goign to let this off here and just remind myself to do regular updates rather than once every other week.
I haven't gotten sick, even though the weather here in Tokyo has turned towards the colder side of the coin. (We've had two evenings with snow, and the wind is freezing) But the days are still sunny and warm. Many people in our school are sick to and from because of the swaying temperatures, but so far I'm still doing good!
Hugs and kisses, and all that jazz.