Today, I met up with my old host sister from my high school days. At the time, I really couldn’t speak much more than very, very basic Japanese. Like my listening comprehension was pretty much nonexistent. I had been studying in high school for three years, but I really did not pay attention senior year … More 4/25/2016 – 原宿; Old Friends, Old Hangouts; New Contacts, New Discoveries
This week’s Japanese lesson comes with a vocab lesson, a geographic lesson, and a lesson in how puns don’t translate into different languages without excessive explanation. For almost the entirety of my third week I was off doing a job in 笠間市、茨城県 – Kasama City in Ibaraki prefecture. Otherwise known as the 田舎 – inaka, … More Week 3 – いばらきます！
I realized today, the day I finally had all of my classes, is the one month anniversary of my arrival in Japan! So of course I am going to make a post about it. Today’s post will be short, and won’t have any pictures – I promise tomorrow’s post will have a ton to make up … More One Month Anniversary – 疲れた ヽ( ´O｀)ゞ
I had a LOT of things going on in the second week of being in Japan. I was officially “settled” which meant that I was free to hang out and run around the city like a maniac. Which, if you know me, means one thing and one thing only – FOOD!
Weirdly enough, I wasn’t nervous at all about flying. I had just made one international trip about a month prior. I have four decent friends and a handful of acquaintances in Tokyo. I was flying with a friend. I had what a language guide would call “survival Japanese” – if an earthquake or a fire broke out I could understand the directions. Or, less drastically, I could order food and ask where the bathroom was.
However that didn’t necessarily prepare me for the two types of 怖い that I experienced within 24 hours of landing in Japan. … More Week One (3/12-3/19) |「怖い」ということ
With the knowledge that whoever is out to steal my identity probably already can, and a blog won’t stop them, my name is Imara. I am 20 years old, I am black, and I am studying abroad in Japan for the semester. This is the first in (hopefully) a series of blog posts about life … More And so the Japanese experiment (officially) begins…