After my initial escapades searching and enrolling at the Driving School, I was able to take the Entrance Ceremony, known as 入学式 (nyugakushiki) in Japanese! Schools in Japan are big on entrance ceremonies, and although it wasn’t quite the grand fanfare I’m used to witnessing at my High School, it was informative and quite the ride! Here’s how it went down.. (I’ll tl;dr at the end for anyone skimming!)
Ufufuf.. hey everyone! It has been a while.. let me share some exciting news!
I decided to learn how to drive .. in Japan! That’s right – I have enrolled in a Japanese driving school, to take lessons and eventually take the test so I can have a full Japanese license. I don’t even own one in my home country, but after 2 years here and being fed up of relying on others to get me around, I thought it was worth taking the challenge and not letting the language barrier put me off.
I’m going to share my experiences of the process and my progress in the hopes that it might be informative for anyone who is interested in taking lessons here too!
A bit of background for my language – I am currently not JLPT certified. I actually failed the N4 in July, by 1 point, haha. But I am decent conversationally, especially if spoken to slowly. I’ve lived here for 2 years, and recently started learning some driving and vehicle related vocab prior to enrolling to help prepare a little.
So – don’t be put off if you aren’t a very high level. I’ll cover some of the language stuff another time.
It’s a fact that still bewilders me to this day, but somehow amidst all of the glorious fried foods of Japan I have managed to LOSE weight since moving here..
Even though 天麩羅、唐揚げ and other fried goods are quite possibly some of the most delicious foods in the world.
But did you know that tempura isn’t actually an original Japanese recipe?
Nope – it’s from Portugal!
This article was pretty fun and informative about the origins of tempura – take a read and learn a quick introduction into the history of one of Japan’s tastiest side orders.
Another week rolls around.. and I’ve got more music to share! This week, I am going with Anime movie songs because they seem to be popping up and creeping into good memories this week!
Yesterday, me and my neighbours were invited to perform at our local community center as part of a matsuri! We were asked to sing, and we performed a short dance where we made a mash-up of popular dances from the West with current dance trends in Japan. That was really good fun and a big success. So today, I’ll share the two Japanese songs that were performed as part of our set!
Oops. I was supposed to post this on Monday, but lots of things caught up with me (like it being a day off so we watched a stage-play and generally goro’d about)
Here are my 2 songs for the week!
In my quest to improve my Japanese listening ability, I previously wrote that I was only going to listen to Japanese music on my iPod from then on to see if it would help me learn to pick up more.
I can honestly actually say that coupled with the other things I have been doing (grammar study, intensive vocab and kanji input and generally conversing as much as I can!) – my listening has improved ten-fold! I have recently found that while listening to new music, I can pick up on what they are saying more clearly while listening to familiar songs I can start to understand meanings. So, hurrah for music!
So I’m going to share some of my favourite music, old and new, every Monday. Besides getting me back on to the blog-train, it’ll also push me to keep on seeking out new music which is always good fun.
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(Hey everyone, long time no see!
Are you well? Recently I have been really, really busy but happy every day! This month I took the JLPT N4. This time, I understood most of it so maybe I will pass. So up until this post I have been studying and working hard every day. From now I have more free time! I want to write some interesting posts again.
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Righty, I’m going to write a new post! See you!)
I have such exciting news for Japan from my hometown! The Natural History Museum will be exhibiting specimens in Tokyo from the March 18th – June 11th this year!
The Natural History Museum has always had a special place in my heart throughout my life. I’ve lost count of how many times I have visited there, from school trips, attending with my mother to see exhibitions or taking a sketchbook along to draw the fossils. It’s a tourist destination too with many people from across the world visiting the South Kensington area to see the various museums – all for free! Londoners are certainly lucky for the science and arts culture that is available and it really is something I treasured whilst living there.
However now the museum is apparently shipping out a number of fossils and specimens for people in Japan to see too! This is such exciting news for the number of people who are unable to visit London for various reason. I hope many people will go, whether international tourists or residents of Japan.