So last year I had a bit of a McDonalds rampage, sampling the Halloween Choco-Pumpkin fries, the Magic Purple Witch fries and the Golden Set. Well, this year is no exception as they have yet again released a sweet flavoured fries set – the Daigaku Imo flavour!
Wow, it’s already March! Time really is flying by. It feels weird to already say that we’re into the third month of 2017, but it’s exciting too because lots of festivals are coming up.
The big March festival that I’ve been looking forward to is Hina Matsuri, or Girl’s day!
Yes.. I did indeed fail the JLPT N4 in December.
I’m not going to lie, I did feel a bit gutted because I felt okay in the exam. I mean, I knew I wasn’t going to get a really high grade but part of me figured I’d have a good chance. And I mean, I didn’t get a terribly low fail (my score was similar to when I took the N5 so I mean, I knew stuff..) but it wasn’t enough to pass.
With that minor blow and a new fire in my belly I have decided to start studying harder and with much more structure! So here’s my plan and may my methods be of some help. I’m going to start review what I use as I go along and I intend to re-take the N4 in July.
Let’s see if this works!
Winter is particularly cold in Japan, and although it isn’t much different to the UK it is difficult because you feel it constantly.. The buildings aren’t typically insulated (especially not my jutaku!) and the windows aren’t double-glazed. So whatever the temperature is outside, you can guarantee the inside of my house is about the same!
That’s where “kotatsu” become a joy. Kotatsu are tables which have a heater underneath, and a removable table top which sandwiches a thick, snuggly blanket under it and the table structure to keep the heat in. It is such a pleasure in winter to sit under the kotatsu and keep warm.
Every day, I take the same trains. So, I see the same people waiting for the trains with me. My favourites are the business man, the lady with the stylish boots (and no tights, even in winter!), and the high school student with her adorable pink trainers.
Yukata season will be here again soon! I’m so excited to be able to wear mine again.
I spend a lot of time waiting on train platforms to get to and from work every day. The winter has been especially cold, but it’s always a pleasure to buy a hot drink from the numerous vending machines around!
The man who lives on the corner of my road has two dogs who live outside in their own little dog houses. I cycle past them every day.
One of them is very angry, if you make a noise outside his house or come to close. He always barks at me, particularly when I put out my trash.
ワンワン is how dogs bark, in Japanese.
Aha. Long time no… write? Oh dear it’s almost been two months since I posted on here. I did have a wonderfully busy (and very cold) two months over December and January. My boyfriend was able to visit over the Christmas and New Year period, which was lovely! Lots of time was spent huddling under the kotatsu in my poorly insulated jutaku.. which was charming in it’s own way but so cold I feared I’d lose my tootsies. But I have decided my favourite thing (does it count as an appliance? It’s a weird hybrid I guess) is my kotatsu.
If there’s one thing that I have noticed that Japan does really, really well – themed food! Halloween is no exception – there is an abundance of adorably shaped, decorated and flavoured food all to celebrate the holiday. This was pretty surprising to me, as apparently Halloween has only really picked up in popularity in the past 10 years, thanks to Tokyo Disney bringing the Halloween parade. So now everyone is at least familiar with the cuter aspects of the celebration and so we get to have lots of fun food!
I’ve made it my mission to devour as many cute and quirky Halloween foods this year as I can! I’ve already tried the McDonald’s Choco-pumpkin fries.. and since then I have had even more delicious nibbles!