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Quite some time has passed, and of course I've done a lot of things since I last blogged. (Although, mostly I've been studying as usual — not that interesting to write about tbh) Because I study so much, not a lot of time is left to stay in touch, but I do take a lot of pictures and while I would've liked to make one post per experience, it'll have to be combined like this.

Last week we studied a lot as usual at our usual place in Ueno and last Wednesday we had our last test before our final, big test, which is this Thursday. So after school was out, instead of going to study we went to an Izakaya that was nearby, and the Chicken they have there is amazing. You can see the giant boat they serve it in on the pictures, and it was so good. (We actually went back on Saturday too — no regrets!) They also had バカ size (Baka size) beer and drinks, and you can see on the pictures how big those were compared to just normal sized glasses, haha.

Of course it was a lot of fun, and the Japanese in the Izakaya all toasted with us and the mood of the place was great. The longer we stayed and the drunker the Japanese people at the other tables got, the more they started to crowd around us until our table was the only one who had people around it. Everyone squeezed in to talk to us, and not in a normal way either, but like really sqeezed in between and around us — It was crazy! They all wanted to talk to us, and take pictures with us, which was all fine, but when all of them started to ask us to kiss them and hug them things got a little weird. One of our friends worded it pretty well, saying that it was like Shingeki no Kyojin (Attack of the Titans) but with Japanese people, so we named the incident Shingeki no Nihonjin. Because it was like we were being stormed/attacked by a huge mass of Japanese people — but it was also a lot of fun. I couldn't stop laughing, and even now I still think it was a completely (crazy!) but hilarious experience. ( When we were leaving one of the guys literally had to grab my hand and pull me away from the Japanese people who all wanted me to hug them. It was... Yeah. Very interesting.)

On Saturday I went to a mixer that some of my classmates had invited me to — they have a Japanese friend who works as an English teacher, and he wanted his students to get to practice English, so he created the event and invited us to let his students practice English, and let us practice Japanese. It was a lot of fun. We got to play games and we had to speak only in Japanese while his highschool students were only allowed to speak in English. In that fashion we played Charades, guess the word, and held discussions about different topics. It's quite interesting, but here in Japan, when the school's teach English, they only teach the students how to read and write, but not speak. Afterwards the teacher told us it was a really good experience for his students, so that makes me happy that we got to help them be more brave in that aspect of using the English language!

After the mixer, we were invited to go to an Izakaya, and most of us came along even though the clock was only around 15.30 in the afternoon. (It is never too early for Izakaya!) It allowed us to practice a lot more before parting ways with the Japanese people, and it was a great experience that I would love to repeat.

Yesterday was Sunday and I finally got to take a walk around Ayase — however, it was cut a little short because my friends called and we decided to meet up, which had me turn back to go to the station, but I still got to see some nice buildings and scenery close to my block that makes me think that I'll definitely have to take a day soon to just walk.

We met up at Asakusa station and went to 浅草寺 (Sensō-ji — Asakusa's famous temple) I visited the market stalls that stretch out before the temple when I was in Tokyo last time, but never actually walked up to the temple (for some reason??), and it was really cool to go! The red colour is very noticable, and actually pretty beautiful in my opinion. Dragons were a theme too, and after taking a picture under the big red lantern I noticed that there was a dragon engraved on the underside of it as well and took a picture of that too.

I also went to a hairstylist who happened upon me when I was walking around Harajuku one morning before School and invited me to their hairsalon to style my hair and then take pictures. I brought my friends along, just in case it turned out to be something shady, but luckily it wasn't and I got to spend an hour and a half in front of a camera with someone's fingers in my hair. That was an interesting experience too, and they might want to colour my hair and photograph it again sometime, but I feel like I have to think about that a little more before accepting.


On another note, now is quite a hard time for everyone. Because we have our last test this Thursday, everyone is studying until our head hurts every evening because no one wants to fail. I feel like everyone's under a lot of pressure, doing their best to memorize and understand as much as possible — me included, of course. The test will be four hours long, and it will be both grammar, reading, listening and kanji, and it has me genuinely stressed out, and I keep thinking "What if I fail?", "I don't want to fail.", "But what if I fail?", and "I don't want to fail...", and so on and so on and so on. (I've always been like that when it comes to school though, so it's something I'm used to dealing with) But it's still nerve-wrecking. Of course you do your best, but at the same time you can't help but wonder if it will be enough. We're still learning new things everyday, and we will continue to do so up until the day before the test too, which means we'll only have that very same evening to learn to understand what the teacher's told us during class.

Japanese is hard and confusing, but it's also a lot of fun and interesting and I really want to understand it fully, so even though I'm anxious now I'll keep studying hard and do my best and pray that it will be enough to get me through the final test on Thursday and let me advance to the next level. And if it isn't, I'll just recap and do everything all over again. If anything, I'm stubborn, and I don't really know how to quit or give up, so even if I'll probably be frustrated (and angry) if that happens, I will still take it in stride. However, until Thursday I'll definitely do my best to succeed in the first place.

Japan is so much fun, and Tokyo is lovely. I feel like the more time I spend here, the more I realise there is to experience and try and see and do — and I love it. I'm really, really, really happy that I came here and that I've met the people I've met and am able to experience everyting I am experiencing, even if some of those experiences are challenging. I've always loved a challenge.

Take care!

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Some pictures from the weekend as well as today and yesterday.

I discovered that I can go onto the roof of my sharehouse. The first picture is of the view from up there and it's very nice and refreshing even though it's only four floor tall.

This weekend I went to Shinjuku and had "Japanese style" steak. I think I prefer the Japanese meat dishes though, but it was fun to try. Sunday evening I studied with my friends, and we went to a ラーメン ( Ramen ) restaurant where the pork looked really nice when they took it out of the oven. (Thus the picture of it above)

There are flowers on some trees at the moment, although I don't think it's Sakura blossom (but rather plum trees? Not sure — I haven't looked it up) but it's very pretty when you happen upon them while strolling through the park or the city. I was in 上野公園 ( Ueno Koen, Ueno park ) yesterday morning while I waited for my friend (we were going to study together before classes) and got to see a couple shape the fallen flower petals into small hearts and words to photograph. It was so sweet I couldn't help myself from capturing the moment. It's still cold, but from the feeling of the energy of the Japanese people, it feels as if spring is on it's way.

Tomorrow we have our last test before our finals (??! How did this happen? Time is moving so fast!) which is next week. I'd lie if I said I wasn't nervous, but I've been studying well and doing my best, so hopefully it'll turn out okay! Kanji is moving along, and it takes a lot of studying to get it down, but as long as you actually make an effort, it's fine and it's also kind of fun once you start to get the hang of it.

For dinner yesterday I had tempura 丼 ( don, bowl ) which was really nice, with shrimp and fish and even pumpkin in it, and today after attending study hall in school I was craving meat, so we went to a place close to school and had yakiniu ✌🏻

I wish it would hurry up to get warmer~

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Yesterday we had a day-trip with the school and went to pick strawberries (and got to eat as many as we wanted!) and also visited Edo Wonderland, which is like an edo-period themed park~ We tried to take a class selife at the strawberry farm but as you can probably tell it turned out so-so because it was hard to fit all of us into a picture, haha, but it was a lot of fun!

I've been super busy with school lately, which I'm starting to believe will become the usual for me here in Tokyo, haha. After classes I've been navigating Ueno with my friends, finding new places with delicious food and studying together. School is going well, if I look at the scores of my latest tests, but it's still confusing and I have a lot of moments where I feel completely lost and confused by what we're doing in class, so I still have to work hard to keep up.

I'm also making new friends, and the pancakes are from when I had a morning date at Harajuku before school. I'm really glad that I can keep meeting new people and create new bonds while I'm here in Japan.

Yesterday everyone met up outside the school at 7.45 in the morning and boarded busses that took us north of Tokyo. Our first stop was at a strawberry farm where we spent half an hour just picking and eating strawberries. It was really nice and the strawberries here in Japan are really sweet. I found one that I think slightly resembles a heart, and it was the last one I ate before we had to go back to the busses again. (Of course we all ate until we couldn't eat any more, hahaha)

They drove further north for another hour and a half or so and then we were in 日光江戸村 ( Edo Wonderland ) a village/theme-park built in the style of the late Edo-period where you can dress up as Ninja's, in Kimono's or Yukata's and participate in games of Archery, Shuriken throwing, watch performances, challange a Ninja Maze and try your hands at swords fighting and much more. It was located in-between a lot mountains, and it was really a sight to see. Unfortunately, it was very cold (the wind was ferocious and biting!) but we still had tons of fun! One of the best things for me had to be the Ninja House which is the red one in the picture you can see above. It's a house built completely tilted, so when you're inside, your sense of balance get's completely thrown off because your centre of gravity doesn't corelate to your surroundings, resulting in a lot of falling and just stumbling around. It was really a lot of fun, and we laughed a lot while inside!

We watched a Ninja performance in the Ninja Theatre, and it was amazing and super cool to see the choreographies in the battles between the Ninja's in the story. Afterwards we got to pose and take a picture with them too~

We returned to the school around 6.30 in the evening, long after sunset, and while it was a long day, it was really enjoyable to spend that time with everyone. I fell asleep on the bus on our way back, and regrettably my friend has pictures of it... We laughed about the fact that while even in my sleep, I looked very concerned for some reason. (We concluded that I've must've been dreaming about Japanese, hahaha)

But yesterday really was a lot of fun, and now I'm going to spend the weekend taking it easy and catching up on my studies.

Until next time~

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efter många om och men... så nådde det fram.

To quote Katy Perry, I really did feel like a plastic bag drifting through the wind when I waited for Japan Post outside for two hours earlier today... And would you look at that, a plastic bag really did drift by. (God damn Japan Post... ) At least the weather was nice.

I finally got my package from Sweden. And oh, I am over the moon. I was just so so happy to receive it, and to find real coffee and Swedish candy and kaviar inside — yeah, I was overjoyed. My mom had written a letter, and I might've cried reading it — but don't tell anyone that. I got three photographs that I'm guessing my dad has taken of my parents house back at home, and now they're secured on my wall beside the picture I have of my parents.

I'm doing fine and I don't miss home in the sense that I long to go back, and because I'm busy, I don't think about the distance so much, but today I thought about it and everyone back at home and realised that rather than the country, for me, I miss the people. You take giving someone a hug for granted until they're not within reach, I guess.

I'll see everyone eventually, and my parents rather soon since they'll be visiting at the end of next month, so I'm not despirited, but today I have thought about my family a lot and I hope they know that I'm doing well.

Jag tar hand om mig, så för ni det med. Älskar er ♥️

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Japanese Sword Museum and Meiji Shrine

The white house in the first picture is where I live~

Yesterday our School had arranged for us to go to a Japanese Swords Museum ( Katana ) located in Yoyogi/Shibuya, so I got to see another part of Tokyo again.

The swords museum was really cool. There’s a lot of history behind the Katana, their differing shapes through the eras as well as the fact that most of them were disposed off in the past when the government started regarding them solely as weapons rather than art, which they had been viewed as up until that point. Thankfully, some people got together and protected the swords, which is why we could get to see them like we did yesterday. (Amazing work.)

There’s so much detail into one blade, and I especially liked one of them that was had a very sleek and narrow shape. Other than that, the incredible work put into the sheaths and the handles is astounding and you can probably tell from my pictures that that’s what I liked the most, hahaha. Katana are very beautiful swords.

Before we left, we wrote in the museums guestbook, but rather than making it easy for us we decided that I who am Swedish would write what my friend’s from Columbia told me to write, and they would write what I said in Swedish. Of course the result was a little… Perfect. Of course.

Afterwards we went to Meiji Jingu in Yoyogi Koen. It’s a huge shrine in the middle of the park, and it’s very serene. Especially cool are the huge gates throughout the park that you walk under leading to the temple. We got so lucky too, because just as we arrived we were told to step aside because there was going to be a wedding. So we got to see a couple in traditional Japanese wedding gowns walk down the pathway in the temple grunds and get married to one another. It was really beautiful. She was so beautiful in her white gown, and her husband was very handsome. I wish them a long and happy marriage!

We went to Harajuku (since it’s exactly outside the park) and strolled around before we headed to Ueno where we studied for the rest of our evening. We’ve got a test coming up on Monday, so everyone is trying their best to do well.

Today too, that's what we're going to do. I hope everyone at home is doing well, I'll try to talk to you all more often when I have time! Xoxo!

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Yesterday was Valentines~

Here in Japan it's celebrated by girls giving chocolate to boys that they like. There are two types of chocolate 義理チョコ (giri-choco) which is an (so called) "obligation" chocolate that you give to your friends, family members or coworkers. The other type is 本命チョコ (honmei-choco) which is usually homemade chocolate that the girls make by themselves and then hand to the guy they are romantically interested in. It's a sweet gesture and a day for confessions, and a month later, on the 14th of March, the guys who have received chocolate have to give something in return to the girls they received it from. (This is called white day.)

I bought some 義理チョコ and made little cute bags for my male classmates and friends at school, and when it was break-time I went around and handed it out. Everyone was really happy to eat chocolate and the mood in school was really great! I even received some from friends in class and people who were handing out candy to anyone who wanted some (and I never turn down a chance to eat candy, so of course I gladly accepted)

The Japanese tradition is very different from Sweden (or the western world in general) since most of the time it's the other way around for us — the guy buys chocolate and flowers for the girl or takes her out to eat or see a movie etc. So it's interesting to see it be the other way around (but then again, something like white day doesn't exist in Sweden. Japan = more equality?)

After school, we went to Asakusa and played around at an arcade. I played a game where you play Japanese drums to a song of your choosing with a friend and we accidentally chose the hardest level from the start. We immediately regretted it but it made us laugh a lot. One of the guys was boss at the UFO games and won us all teddys of different kinds (I got a raichu!)

I brought my Instax camera with me and took pictures throughout the day, it was really fun.

All in all it was a very nice day~

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I pimped my bag a little with stuff from my favourite Kpop-band. I'm really pleased lmao!

Hi~ On Friday I went with a couple of friends from school to 東京ドーム (Tokyo Dome, a baseball arena) — which was flabbergasting!The dome is HUUGE and it was really cool to see up close. We went because one of the girls had her birthday earlier during the week and everyone wanted to take her to the rollercoaster/amusement park that is just outside the dome. There were a lot of pretty lights everywhere (part of me wonders if they're from Christmas and has yet to be taken down or if it's like that all year round.) and it was really beautiful to the eyes. Unfortunately, because the whether wasn't too good i(t was really windy) the rollercoaster wasn't in action, so instead we bought tickets for the haunted house! I'm pretty sure we all screamed, and it was a lot of fun.

We had lamb ramen at a place near the station. Very unique, and absolutely delicious. Will definitely go there again sometime. We also had a lot of candy that one of the guys brought and then we headed out to find an Izakaya but ended up at a shrine in the middle of the city. It was really tranquil and quiet, and so cool to stumble upon among the skyscrapers and houses around it. I paid 200yen for a fortune that you pick out of the small boxes and fortunately mine said that I would have good fortune. I then tied it to one of the ropes around a tree like seen on the picture to make it come true. It was very pretty.

We found a place eventually where we drank and played games until we had to leave to catch our last trains. Compared to Sweden, the trains and metro stop going really early, some as early as 11 P.M. so unless you want to stay up all night or pay for a taxi home, the nights never become too long. That's a funny little fact for you.

On Sunday I headed to Shibuya to do some shopping. (I didn't bring much clothes gdi and you can't keep wearing the same five shirts for months on end) I've gotten the hang of keeping my eyes out for places to eat that aren't too expensive or obvious, and most often the smaller places are the ones with the better food.

I stumbled upon Mario Kart by Shibuya crossing! Doing that is definitely something I have to at some point, but for now it was just fun to watch them wait for the green light before they set off.

My Kpop-band is currently holding a temporary museum in one of the bookstores at Shibuya, and of course I went and bought some merchandise and took pictures with my idols in a photo booth (I feel like such a dork!!) I was stopped by a guy who too who asked me if I spoke English, and when I answered that I did he just went "あっ… そうですか、すみません…" "Ah, I see... excuse me..." and walked away. (??) Shame, because he was kind of handsome too, haha! Makes me more motivated to just learn more Japanese already.

I'm really into caps, and the one on the picture made me laugh when I found it. Feels like something I can relate to, but I didn't buy it.

Tomorrow's Valentine's Day, and here in Japan it's tradition for girls to give guys that they like chocolate, preferably homemade chocolate too. (But I'll admit, I'm way too lazy for something like that.) The guys shamelessly told us what to get them — their confidence was really funny. I guess they'll just have to wait for tomorrow and see.

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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.

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Shinjuku & Harajuku

This weekend I was in Shinjuku and Harajuku!

Saturday morning I got up early to go to Shinjuku where I met a Japanese friend I met on the Go Go Nihon event, and together we headed to this cool restaurant located in a basement where we ate some really nice food (although I didn't take pictures of it...) Afterwards we went to Animate, which is like a multi-storied shop with Manga and merchandise from different Manga and Anime — it was really cool! My Japanese is still too lacking to make proper conversation, but she was nice and I had a lot of fun!

Afterwards, in the afternoon, I went to Harajuku and met up with one of the Swedes and we went around and checked out the many stores along the crazy shopping street of Takeshita. There's so many people!! And also a lot of places to eat crepes (which we did, of course) and we also took Purikura! It was my first time, and it was completely and utterly ridiculous, which made it equally as entertaining, and I'm definitely going to get tons of Purikura while I'm here!

I actually bought a sweater, but most of the tour was just browsing everything there was to see. There's a lot of unusual clothes and types of fashion here in Japan — surely you're able to find about anything you can imagine among the many small stores in this area. I found Justin Bieber and Kanye West, as well as tons of 'English very well' signs... It was a lot of fun!!

We walked to Meiji-Jingumae (another metro station) where we took the Chiyoda line back home (lucky me because I could go all the way to Ayase on it) and we found that that's where Tokyo Plaza (a big shopping mall) was. I'll have to go back and visit that as well, because it looked absolutely amazing. That's where the last mirror picture is from.

I was supposed to go to a Rave in Shibuya in the evening, but when I got back home I accidentally fell straight asleep (I was so tired after all the new things I got to see and do) so I never went.

My Sunday was leisure, and today, Monday, school felt strangely easy (??) and since coming home I've gone shopping for groceries, cleaned my room, ironed my clothes, made dinner, eaten dinner, finished my homework and now I'm just chilling in our lounge while my other housemates are ranting about this thing or the other.

I'd say I'm doing rather good over here still.

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Playing around with Japanese photo apps prove to be very amusing...

This week has been busy — with studying mostly. On Tuseday (I think it was??) I tried my hand at making Onigiri for myself, and I'd say it went pretty OK! It tasted good, but I forgot to wrap them in paper before I put them in their cases, so I got very sticky when I tried to eat them. (Thank god for wet-wipes, はは~)

Last week was a cold one, but today the sun shone really beautifully and the wind was warm, so it was really nice walking through Ayase when I headed to school as well as through Ueno when I was heading home. There's a lot of impressive wire towers here in Ayase, standing between buildings and really towering above them. It's not the most exciting thing you could possibly look at, but I find them really impressive and fascinating. In Sweden you'd only see them far out on the countryside, never in the middle of the city like this, so it's pretty cool to me.

This week I finally got around to purchasing a commuters pass between my boarding station and the station closest to my school so that I don't have to pay a fair everytime I go back and forth between my home and Intercultural. I was assisted by a guy in my house who studies at the same school as me whom helped me check out whether or not we'd save money actually getting one, and turned out we would, so both of us did. It's quite a relief going through the gates and see the amount on the small displays staying the same even though you're riding the subway. (I know I paid for it, but it still feels like you're riding for free.)

There's a lot of funny food here in Japan — The Coca Cola with ginger in it makes me question why. You want ginger to stay healthy, but god knows you need that sugar dose too, or what? ははは, doesn't make a lot of sense to me... I'll have to buy one and see how it tastes.

A Swedish couple live in the same area of Tokyo as I do (Adachi) so yesterday after school I was invited to their place and got to check out what living in an apartment would be like. We made Tacos (like true Swedes) and studied together until ten in the evening, because today we had out first test.

Honestly, I'd like to say that I felt confident taking the test and that I think it went rather well, but at the same time you can't be too assured of your own success, because in most of those cases, you end up doing worse than you think you did (Does that make any sense to anyone else? No? Alright.) But I did study, and the test was of Lesson 1 through Lesson 3, which were the first lessons we were taught during our first week at the school. This week we've advanced all through Lesson 4 to 6, while continously repeating the previous lessons every morning, so at this point I would say that those shouldn't be a problem. I actually want to score 100% (because that's always fun), so I'm not worried whether I passed or not, because I'm sure that I did, but I can't wait to get my test back on Monday to see how I did.

Before heading home today, we went for a walk through Ameya and wound up at a small, cozy pizza place located in a basement where the pizza was 500yen. All of us ordered in two each and left happy and stuffed. The waiter noticed that we were ordering in Japanese and wound up talking to us and asking us questions about Sweden and why we were in Tokyo. They even brought out one of those fake instagram frames (do you know which one's I'm talking about?) and asked if we would like to pose for a picture with it, which we of course did. All in all, it was a really nice little place, and I'm sure I'll go there again as the pizza was really good too!

Tomorrow I'm getting up early because I have to be in Shinjuku by 12, so I'm going to call it a night early today.

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