I haven’t even been in Japan for a year yet and this question has been digging holes into my brain. I suppose it’s because many JETs are either in the process of leaving or have… More
The last time I was in Japan, I was on a study abroad trip. The class I was taking focused on the dropping of the atomic bombs so we visited both Hiroshima and Nagasaki, and while in Hiroshima my class visited this really beautiful place called Mitaki Temple (which, for jetlag reasons, I mistakenly thought was in Kyoto, glad I got reminded it was in Hiroshima, otherwise who knows where I would have gone). Now, the first time I visited this place, I just thought it was a beautiful place, but this time it was…very special. I really felt like I was in a special (sacred) place and I’m wondering why that was the case. Maybe it’s because I was alone this time and was able to be more meditative?Continue reading “My First Roadtrip in Japan p2 – Mitaki Temple in Hiroshima”
This is not something that I had planned but I figured that maybe doing monthly summaries will give me some motivation to keep on track with my studying. Now, I do have to admit that January was the month of finding a feasible routine. And maybe this might even still run into February. The truth is that this is my first time trying to learn a language so I’m not sure where to even start. It’s all about learning. So while I didn’t hit my daily studying goal, I am immensely proud of what I have accomplished, and I think acknowledging our steps, even the itty bitty ones, is one of the best ways to keep that motivation strong.Continue reading “January Language Summary”
It’s been a while since I last posted. Honestly, I’ve been dealing with some seasonal depression and isolation for COVID-19 reasons (not me getting sick, just deciding not to go out), which then led me to acknowledge the fact that maybe I’m actually homesick, and this, in turn, led to even more isolation, causing (potentially) some friction between my…friends. So now there’s isolation in the “I’m the odd one out” variety because, of course, that is exactly what I need right now. Oh, I love winterContinue reading “My First Roadtrip in Japan p1 – Arriving”
I’ve been in Japan for three months now and I’m starting to feel some frustration welling up. And it has to do with the language. I’m very upset I don’t know Japanese.
While I can mostly get by with no Japanese (I mean, what’s so hard about grabbing stuff and then presenting money, right?), I’ve started to notice that I’m starting to struggle in other ways. I hate the fact that when I go to the store to buy anything, I can’t tell what the cashier is saying or asking me. Its probably something like “Do you want a bag?” or “Do you have a points card?” or even, “Do you want this all on one transaction?”. But I can’t tell. And I hate that I struggle buying train tickets, and that I can’t communicate with the people around me. New Year’s just passed and I can’t say “How was your vacation?” or “What did you do?”. And even if I could learn these two questions, I wouldn’t be able to understand their answers!Continue reading “Language Study Goals: The Beginning of Frustration”
Ya terminé el primer atraco de La casa de papel y wow! La verdad es que sí me interesó la serie desde el principio pero no pensé que me gustaría tanto. Igual, sabía que quería escribir otro post de la serie pero no me podía callar unos detalles así que ahora es un post más rant que review (although the last wasn’t really a review either so maybe no importa)
En fin, incoming SPOILERS.Continue reading “La casa de papel (thoughts on characters) – spoilers hasta temporada 2”