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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PPAP – Internet humour without context is an experience..

So last week, I had one of my stranger interactions with one of my students. We were in the middle of a group project, and as usual I was wandering between the groups to check in on their progress.. and this is what happened:

Student: Vicki, Vicki!

Me: Yes?

Student: *holds up hand* Pen

Me: Yeees?

Student: *holds up other hand* Apple. Yes?

Me: Pen, apple – ok?

Student: *slams hands together* Pen-apple.

Note at this point – he looks very proud of himself.

Me: Pen-apple? Do you mean pineapple?

Student: No, no no. Pen, yes? Apple – ringo – apple, yes? *slams hands: PENAPPLE!

Me: O-okay.. that… is cool.. but.. why?

Student: Penapple. *grins*

 

So at this point, I have no idea why this happened or why it was so funny. Every time I walked by his table, he slammed his hands together and said “penapple” and would burst into a fit of laughter. I remained clueless the entire week, asking my friends what he could have meant (we all concluded it was some pun on pineapple..)

And then this popped up onto my Facebook feed. I watched it by chance. The mystery was solved.

This, my friends, is why I teach English 😀

Reasons I love HobbyOff – Resident Evil nerd haul..

Remember before how I wrote about the wonders of BookOff? “Mottainai” really paid off recently.

Resident Evil fans, did you know these even existed?

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HEALTH BAR WASHI TAPE!? And Pasmo/IC card stickers – Jill and Chris S.T.A.R.S ID

I even found some small badges too. I’m guessing an old fan traded them all in.. Each item was 64円. I could barely believe it. They were all sealed too – completely unused.

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What should I do with the washi tape?? Some kind of fan art?

 

With Two Sugars, Please! – My new art collaborative Art project

With Two Sugars, Please!

Recently, me and my best friend in the UK decided to start an art project together to motivate each other and continue developing our artistic skills!

Alongside my adventures in Japan, we’ll be posting up our work on here. I wanted to keep the posts separate from this blog as it is a project in it’s own right.

Check it out if you like geeky doodles and original artwork!

Tomodachi Collection “トモダチコレクション” and discovering the DSi as a learning material

When I visited Tokyo, my boyfriend and I took a lovely pre-pizza evening walk and stumbled across BookOff, which was a welcome surprise. (Yes – before you judge me as crazy, a pre-pizza evening walk is a fantastic way to savor the excitement of having a pizza!)

Recently he has been getting back into retro game collecting, so it was good fun to search through the treasures that BookOff holds. If you’re unfamiliar with BookOff, it’s a Japanese chain of recycle shops where people can trade in books, DVDs, video games and more. The condition of the items they trade in are usually close to immaculate, and unbelievably reasonable in price.

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