I just got back home two days ago, and the jet lag is slowly wearing off. I’ve been in my pjs all day— the rainy weather isn’t helping. It’s 6pm and I finally got up and started looking through my bookshelf for books to take back with me. Among that stack of Japanese language textbooks I found this hidden gem. Another “goal” notebook. If you follow me you may have see a post I made a while back about my JET programme application notebook, well, this is my study abroad application notebook. It seems that when I get proactive about something (which is not often cause I can be really lazy) I bust out a notebook, research, and write it all down. I don’t think have shared my study experience, but if your still in high school or college I highly recommend studying in a foreign country. My first piece of advice is to do research, research, and more research. It helps to research and get your facts straight. It also helps to write it all down in a notebook.

First 48 hours

Eyebrows waxed and hair cut! I love Japan but no one can cut my hair right and there are zero styling products for curly hair; understandably so since there is no demographic for curly hair. Time to stock up.

On another note, the cashier at Walgreens hassled me for using cash. Or in his words, “Wow. Your seriously going to use cash.” Whatever. Money is money.

What did I do. I left my debit card in Japan. Lol.

I’m home!

Landed in JFK airport on Wednesday afternoon and had NY style pizza! (I would have gone to Shake Shack if I were in terminal 4 but I was in terminal 1; Darn!) I lived in NY from age 2-14 so I’m always down for NY style pizza. Landed in NC at 8pm and after talking to my mom and taste testing some of the snacks I brought over, I finally went to sleep at 2am! It was nice sleeping in a proper bed. Back in Japan I sleep on the floor on a futon. I don’t have tatami in my apartment so it’s on the wood floor. It’s not super uncomfortable but ya also not super comfortable. Anyways it was nice sleeping on my bed again. Yesterday I ate Cheerios for breakfast and for lunch had fresh avocado that didn’t cost ¥196 each! This morning my mom cooked up a southern/ Spanish style breakfast. Sunny side up egg, grits, Spanish sausage, sautéed tomatoes and gluten free pancakes—my mom is on a gluten free kick. Although I’m excited to eat all these yummy foods everything tastes too salty or too sweet. Not only flavors but smells are strong as well. The Gain laundry detergent my mom uses was killing my nose yesterday. Either way it’s good to be home and I’ve just been chilling and taking it easy.

I’m going to America! 
I’m kinda nervous; don’t know why I would be nervous. Well, it has been a year and four months since I moved to Japan, so it’s been a minute since I’ve been back state side. 
Food, food and more food. I can’t wait to eat American food and most of all my moms food!!!! I was already requested by a friend to go to Rita’s and take a picture with their water ice. Haha. 
As for my luggage, my mom told me to not worry about bringing a bunch of stuff, so my luggage is 50% omiyage (aka a bunch of snacks I got at the super market). Gonna stock up on essentials while I’m there. 
I’ve got a 13 hour flight to New York, 3 hour layover in JFK and then two hour flight to Charlotte. I love travel but I don’t like the long ass flights. Hopefully the jet lag won’t hit me two hard; fingers crossed.

I’m going to America! I’m kinda nervous; don’t know why I would be nervous. Well, it has been a year and four months since I moved to Japan, so it’s been a minute since I’ve been back state side. Food, food and more food. I can’t wait to eat American food and most of all my moms food!!!! I was already requested by a friend to go to Rita’s and take a picture with their water ice. Haha. As for my luggage, my mom told me to not worry about bringing a bunch of stuff, so my luggage is 50% omiyage (aka a bunch of snacks I got at the super market). Gonna stock up on essentials while I’m there. I’ve got a 13 hour flight to New York, 3 hour layover in JFK and then two hour flight to Charlotte. I love travel but I don’t like the long ass flights. Hopefully the jet lag won’t hit me two hard; fingers crossed.

Since it’s Friday I think it’s about time I did a “My weekend in pictures post”

Last week, I started off the weekend with a Soubetsukai for one of my JTEs. He was a temp JTE for another JTE that left on maternity leave—don’t know how I feel about the other JTE coming back since she seemed distant and didn’t talk to me very much last year. Anyways… Let me sun up Friday night in a few words: Soubetsukai, nijika, yakiniku, sake, sanjikai, tequila shots with four male coworkers, home at 3am. (Soubetsukai or 送別会 is a farewell party, nijikai or 二次会 is the after-party, sanjikai or 三次会 is the after after-party)

All in all, I would say it was a successful night. I also opened up to my JTE about how I feel and how I care about my student and how I want to do more. (I doubt this will change anything at school though)

Saturday was spent with my awesome senpai, Sophie. We went and had hangover lunch at a super cute cafe. Then we went back to her place, so I can pick up the oven that I inherited from her. I get to bake! I’m so happy! Then she took me to her calligraphy class so that I could write a kanji that a friend back home requested. Before that we stopped by this really neat glass shop where we bought glass necklaces. Each necklace had sand from tsunami affected areas in it.

(Sunday and Monday were get my sh*t together before I go back to America days)

Sophie I know you’ll read this and I know I’ve told you, but I really am going to miss you!! Canadians are awesome!!

ladygirlwoman:

"Sanrio’s Gudetama TV Anime Shorts to Premiere on March 31, 2014 Sanrio has announced that a television series of shorts featuring its egg character Gudetama will premiere on March 31, 2014 on the Asa Chan television program.
Gudetama joined Sanrio’s character line-up in 2013. According to the company, Gudetama is an egg that is dead to the world and completely lacks motivation. No matter what cooking method you use, Gudetama remains unmoved.”
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YASS!!! Finally my kind of character! Well done Sanrio.

ladygirlwoman:

"Sanrio’s Gudetama TV Anime Shorts to Premiere on March 31, 2014
Sanrio has announced that a television series of shorts featuring its egg character Gudetama will premiere on March 31, 2014 on the Asa Chan television program.

Gudetama joined Sanrio’s character line-up in 2013. According to the company, Gudetama is an egg that is dead to the world and completely lacks motivation. No matter what cooking method you use, Gudetama remains unmoved.”

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YASS!!! Finally my kind of character! Well done Sanrio.

Reblogged from eatmashimaro

School is out

Summer holiday has officially started. It’s weird but I feel left out in the commotion of it all.

We were suppose to have speech contest practice at 4 and I’ve been waiting around for the past hour…

Have a good summer kids.

I’m a sucker for mom and pop shops. Today I finally went to the cake shop across the street from my house.

I know. I know. I’ve been living here for a year and three months and I just now go. Well, let me tell you that it doesn’t look like a cake shop from the outside, so I never went.

Either way, I went today and it was so nice! After I placed my order the owner started asking me the usual questions: what school do you work at? And where are you from?

He then told me that his daughter lives in New York (going on 18 years!). He tells me all this while in the back room carefully wrapping up my package. When he comes out he has a bag full of magazines. He might have told me earlier but I didn’t quite catch the fact that his daughter is a photographer! He flips to the pages that he has bookmarked with post it notes and shows me her photographs and then points out her name which he has highlighted. Apparently she graduated from the local high school, went to Waseda and then moved to New York and studied photography.

It’s these types of encounters that I enjoy the most! Getting to know the people around me.

As I was about to pay another customer came in and he started telling her all about me; that I live across the street, that I lived in New York and where I teach. Haha. I love oji-chans!

I will always and forever support the oji-chan and oba-chan shops!

I’m a sucker for mom and pop shops. Today I finally went to the cake shop across the street from my house.

I know. I know. I’ve been living here for a year and three months and I just now go. Well, let me tell you that it doesn’t look like a cake shop from the outside, so I never went.

Either way, I went today and it was so nice! After I placed my order the owner started asking me the usual questions: what school do you work at? And where are you from?

He then told me that his daughter lives in New York (going on 18 years!). He tells me all this while in the back room carefully wrapping up my package. When he comes out he has a bag full of magazines. He might have told me earlier but I didn’t quite catch the fact that his daughter is a photographer! He flips to the pages that he has bookmarked with post it notes and shows me her photographs and then points out her name which he has highlighted. Apparently she graduated from the local high school, went to Waseda and then moved to New York and studied photography.

It’s these types of encounters that I enjoy the most! Getting to know the people around me.

As I was about to pay another customer came in and he started telling her all about me; that I live across the street, that I lived in New York and where I teach. Haha. I love oji-chans!

I will always and forever support the oji-chan and oba-chan shops!

This was an awesome weekend!

Participated in the annual Miyagi International Art and Culture show. I exhibited some of my ceramic pieces I’ve made in pottery class, I ran a mosaic workshop, and cringe sang a multilingual version of ‘Let it go’ with three other ALTs.

I also met Mary Cagle of cubewatermelon!!!! I super fan girled about seeing her work in person! Funny thing is I would always run into her at parties and never knew she was cubewatermelon!