Cover Me – Depeche Mode 日本語翻訳

Happy 2018 everyone!

2017 became a pretty busy year for me in the end. With Driving school, work, volunteer Eikaiwa teaching and visiting home.. I didn’t really have much time for personal projects..

Except one opportunity sprung itself upon me and I was so so happy! The Depeche Mode official Facebook page is currently in the middle of the Fan Takeover.. and I was chosen last year! I made a few posts with illustrations I had made and shared my stories. One of them was an illustration of “Cover Me“, and I actually attempted to translate it into Japanese and overlay the text on the image.

It’s a good way to study I think! So I thought I’d share that translation with you.

What do you think? 🙂

I’ve felt better

I’ve been up all night

I can feel it coming

The morning light


The air is so cold here

It’s so hard to breathe

We better take cover

Will you cover me?


Way up here in the Northern Lights

Beyond you and me

I dreamt of us in another life

One we’ve never reached


You know we’re sinking

We could fade away

I’m not going down

Not today


The air is so cold here

Too cold to see

We have to take cover

Cover me


Way up here with the Northern Lights

Beyond these broken bars

I pictured us in another life

Where we’re all super stars

































Japanese Driving School: 入学式

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!)

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Learning to Drive .. in Japan!

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.

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Japanese food history – Tempura, where did it come from?

BBC article here!

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.

Music Mondays: Matsuri Edition

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!

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JLPT N3に合格する私の計画!ファイト!

七月のJLPT N4の結果はまだ知らないけど今からN3を勉強始めたばかりよ!

1。漢字を暗記する (Memriseのアプリで)







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Music mondays

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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みんなさん、こんにちは! 久しぶりです~

元気ですか? 最近私は本当に本当に忙しかったけど、毎日嬉しです!

今月、JLPT N4を受けた。今回、テストは大丈夫です!大体分かっただから、多分合格します!




ああー Twitterを使いますか?  私にフォローお願いします! 「rebelriotori」です!




(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.

Oh! Do you use Twitter? Please follow me! I’m rebelriotori.

Righty, I’m going to write a new post! See you!)