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夏休み

お久しぶり!!!!

本当にごめんなさい!!!
長い時間ブログに聞きませんでした。私の夏休みがとても大変だったから,ほとんど毎日仕事がありました。何回も10か14ランキングを働きました。

大変けど新しいの仕事がすばらしい。私のどうりょうがやさしいし、しんせつだし、よく仕事が楽しい。
この仕事に私も日本語を練習できます。最初私に仕事がとでも難しかったから、みんなさんいつも日本語で話します。でも今私はもっと分かりますと思います。

私の夏が忙しい、しかし楽しました。友達といっぱい新しいのバーと樽俎をしましたそれにたくさん新しい人に会いました。カフェの仕事に新しいのどうりょうと友じょうになりました。
夏休みもう2週間があります、それで私の夏休みざんよをそれを最大限に活用します。

みんなさん、今年の夏何をしましたか?
何が一番楽しかったことをしましたか?
何をしたかったけど、しません?

*間違えがあったら、教えてください。
おねがします。

読んでくれてありがとうございます。

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Long time no talk!!

I’m very sorry!!!
I haven’t written in my blog for a long time. My summer vacation was very difficult because I had work almost every day。Many times I worked 10 or 14 days in a row.

It was difficult but my new job is awesome. My co-workers are nice, helpful, and work is always fun.
I can also practice Japanese at my job. At the beginning it was very difficult because everyone usually speaks in Japanese. But now I think I can understand more.

My summer was busy, however it was fun. With my friends I went to a lot of new bars and eating and drinking parties, so I met a lot of new people. At my cafe job I also develop friends with my new co-workers.

There is still 2 more weeks of summer there fore I will make the most of it.

Everyone how was your summer?
What was the most fun thing you did?
What did you want to do, but didn’t?

*If there is a mistake please let me know.
Thank you for reading.

My first time in Japan (part 2)

… After karaoke we went to see another set of Ken’s friends. He has so many friends!

It was a night that was filled with playing games that involved taking shots. Of course I was able to get his friends to take more shots by saying they were presents from Canada. It was really interesting to play Japanese drinking games as they were a lot different than I expected. Ken’s friends seemed like nice and cool people although again communication was hard for me. The night ended with us watching a scary Japanese movie. I forgot the name but it was something about a cellphone. It was lots of fun, but that night really messed up my sleeping schedule as I stayed up all night.

As the sun came in the morning we headed for the train. This was the first time I had been gone home after staying out all night in Japan. Just like ants to a sugar cube swarms of people headed to the station as well eager to catch the first train. It is definitely not the same as Canada. Although trains go everywhere and are a lot better than in Toronto they only run until around 1:30, and once you missed the last train you only other option is a taxi, which is VERY expensive. A 5 minute ride is around 7-10 dollars.

Getting breakfast in the hotel was also a very interesting experience. It was buffet style so basically I ate whatever I could find. The first day Ken asked my to bring some food up but I wasn’t allowed so I decided to eat by myself.

This was the first time I encountered nato.

It was brown, sticky and looks like Rice Krispies after you mix it in with marshmallows. Of course in my mind I thought that it was going to be sweet and delicious, but when I tried it, it tasted nothing like I thought it would. The texture was slimy not sticky and the smell was very strong. After a few bits I decided not to finish it. Seeing the difference in Japanese breakfast was also interesting there were things like rice and curry, which would only be eaten at dinner time in Canada. Other than the nato everything else was really delicious.

The next few days were filled with lots of traveling and sightseeing. We went to Kyoto, Tokyo Skytree, Shizuoka, and Haneda airport.

Kyoto is a little bit of a long story so I think I will leave it for another post. Tokyo Skytree was amazing that was were I had the conveyor belt sushi. It was filled with so many little shops and restaurants. The tower a obviously very high but we decided not to go up. It looks just like the CN in Toronto and there are also a lot of high and free observation decks in Tokyo. The next day was filled with nice trip to Asakusa.

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If you ever get to go to Japan I would definitely recommend it. The place is makes you feel as if you have jumped into a time machine and traveled back to the edo period. With a hug and beautiful shrine as we all many different shops and interesting but scary looking statues, the place will leave you in awe. Having been there 3 times I can say everytime you go there it is something new.

Back to my first time in Japan though. It was really break taking as I didn’t know what to expect. I didn’t really plan anything before I went so it was nice as I had no expectations. It rained a little while we were walking around but not too much as to end the sightseeing early. Although it wasn’t a very look stay as we had to get up early the next day.

Ken’s brother Yuta took us on driving adventure. That was the first time I got to see Mount Fuji. Although when we went it was winter time so I couldn’t climb it. I didn’t feel like i missed out on anything though because I have a sever fear of heights. After looking at Mount Fuji from we headed to parliament and also went to Haneda airport. While we were heading there I was lucky enough to see the rainbow bridge. It is called that rainbow bridge because it changes colour throughout the night. Once we arrived at Haneda, I was able to see a wonderful winter that had a choir and eat amazing udon.

Ken’s brother took us to one of his favourite udon restaurants which was located at the airport. It was the first time I can remember eating udon and it was delicious. Everyone’s looked so good that I wish I could have eaten 4 different bowls but of course I only had one. The airport was also decorated spectacularly. There were Christmas lights everywhere.

Seeing illumination in Japan for the first time didn’t really phase me. I just thought that they had pretty Christmas lights. However the next winter I went to Japan I realized what a big deal it was, and how much effort they put into setting up their Christmas illumination festivals.

I guess I still have a lot more to write as I was there during New Years day… so that mean part 3…..TBC

My first time in Japan (Part 1)

Hello!

So today I decided to write this post in English to change it up a bit.

I am going to talk about my first time in Japan. All of my life I had dream of going backpacking in Europe. Eating paella in Spain, seeing the Eiffel Tower in France, the leaning tower of Pisa and beautiful beach front houses in Greece. That plan quickly changed after my boyfriend had to go back to Japan suddenly. With the quick departure back to his home country and no real chance to say goodbye I decided to go see him in Japan.

The flight was the first one I have taken by myself. I bought my ticket and was off to Chicago for my first layover. Since Ken had to leave so suddenly I had to bring his things back to Japan. So there I was, with three suitcases trying to make my way through customs at Person Airport. After finally checking in my two suitcases I got on the plane. Now I am not very picky but this was one of the worst planes I have ever been on. The plane was extremely small to the point that one person could barely go through the walkway.

Luckily my connecting flight was with Japan airlines. It was amazing, the food was great and so were the movies and service. After traveling for 16 hours, I arrived in Japan and of course I took pictures of everything around me. The payphone, vending machines and convenience stores. As soon as I got though customs there was Ken with his parents and sister. Of course this was the first time I met them. At that time there was a HUGE language barrier. Although I had tried studying Japanese by myself prior to meeting them, it obviously didn’t work. After the 3 hour ride to Ken’s hometown in Omiya, we were dropped off at the hotel.

My first week in Japan was filled with a lot of interesting adventurous. I ate lots of Japanese food such as sushi, ramen and don katsu. Of course the most interesting of these experience were sushi and ramen. When we got to the ramen restaurant there was a ticket machine outside. In Canada we don’t have anything like this. I was so shocked at the fact that you pay for your food at what looks like a vending machine, get a ticket and then have someone make it for you. It seems like a smart and efficient idea that can be useful in Canada. But sushi was the show stopper. As I was sitting down there were sushi chefs in tall hats putting on an art show in front of me. There was an array of fish, some as simple as sashimi to amazing looking maki. This is nothing like I had ever seen in Canada. Although it was simple, fish and rice was all that was necessary the taste of the fresh fish tasted like it just came straight from the ocean. There was make it yourself green tea. Cup and an box full of match powder. Beside it was your own personal tap that poured boiling hot water to make your tea. It is something that is very hard to replicate outside of Japan.

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Karaoke was a whole different experience in its self. This is the first time I have heard of 飲み放題(のみほうだい)which stands for all you can drink. In Canada you can’t even drink alcohol outside let alone do all you can drink in 2 hours. Of course everyone was completely wasted. The room was filled with almost twenty people doing karaoke. This wasn’t your typical sit down and watch your friends to Karaoke, it was hardcore. There were tambourines, gorilla mask and guys taking off their clothes. In Canada we go out with our friends and have a good time but it’s so different. It seems that in Japan people hang out in really big groups during university. Ken said his friends from university do that every year.

This post is actually starting to get quite long so I think I will do a part 2.

Oarai Isosaki Jinja – Pacific Ocean

A beautiful picture of the shrine of the pacific coast

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The great shrine of Oarai, the Isosaki Jinja start on a hill but goes all way down into the ocean, with the final piece of the shrine being the tori standing on a rock in the ocean. The torii survived the earthquake and tsunami perfectly and is as superbly photogenic as always. I googled images of it and found my own meagre snapshots amazingly lacking in doing it justice. Well, I will get more chances I hope! I love this particular piece of the coast, the Pacific Ocean is pretty powerful here and although it might now look too much on the surface the water is full of currents making swimming and surfing too hazardous to attempt. So most people come here to enjoy just looking at the ocean, or going for a swim in some of the more sheltered coves and harbors that can be found here and there…

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