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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Changing seasons, busy months..

Hello everyone!

Gosh it has been a while since I posted anything.. for that I am sorry!

The past month has been a combination of extremely busy times, a little soul searching and a sudden full-blown gut-punch of exhaustion. I’m not entirely sure if it is due to the sudden change in the weather (it dropped down to being pretty cold suddenly and we had a very short Autumn this year!) or just the general increase of my work load this year. But either way I am happy, healthy and chugging along merrily, albeit tiredly.

I’ll summarize briefly, and I’ll post up some of the more interesting things which deserve their own posts later on:

  • I took the JLPT N4 on Sunday 4th December (and I don’t feel terrible about it!)
  • Me and two friends are still in the midst of planning and creating our own video game. Let’s just say that is going slowly but it’s pretty solid! The awesome writer of the project has started tinkering with some ideas which in turn inspired me to start storyboarding.
  • I’ve began to think about my post-JET career, but that is still a way away..
  • We’ve also been binge-playing TellTale Games The Walking Dead.. FINALLY! We’re on the second play-through now, awaiting my order of S2 to arrive and S3 to be released this month (eeeeeeeeeeeeeee)
  • I’ve been drawing many other things on and off. Some of which will be posted soon.
  • Work is going swimmingly! We’ve had lots of fun projects going on but this term has been much busier, plus I have been involved in other school’s events.
  • All of my technology seems to be failing around me. My phone and laptop both have strange issues, and my video camera broke mid-project… boo.
  • I’ve visited some interesting places which will definitely have reviews coming up on here soon!
  • I’ve been brought in on a couple of drawing related things for a friend and for my school which will both keep me busy for a while.

Mm so yes, that is pretty much all for this moment. Just checking in to prompt myself to post again and basically revive the temporarily sleeping blog here.

Oh, and also.. our new favourite saying is “stay frosty”, as per Lee in TWD. So kids,

Stay frosty!

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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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?

 

Summer Adventures – Part 1: Osaka

Hello everyone!

It has been a while since I last posted.. and with good reason! In August I went on an epic journey across Japan, visiting some of the major cities with my friend from the UK. However.. we did so in less than 2 weeks and on a shoestring budget! We spent around 3 days in each city – Osaka, Kyoto, Tokyo and Fukuoka.

So.. I wanted to make a post about our epic adventure and give you an idea of the kind of things you can do in a really short space of time. For the first post, I’m going to write about Osaka!

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