失敗しました!!

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!

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Japan, illustrated: Kotatsu

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.

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An Ode to the Jutaku

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.

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Tasty Halloween – Snacks in Japan!

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!

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