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25 April 2009 @ 10:36 pm
I am bored and currently too lazy to cook myself some food. So, I'm going to be a fatty and make a list of American food/snacks/drinks/candy/etc that I REALLY could go for right now. Some of which I may be capable of making or buying here, but most of which I can't.

Ha. What a stupid thing to be posting about, right? Oh well. Maybe I'll look back to this list when I go home and can't decide what to pig out on first.

I want:


I could probably keep adding to that list. I'll stop for now.

Hm. I think I'll also make a list of Japanese food/drinks/snacks/candy/etc that I know I'm going to MISS and WANT when I go home. Again, some of which may be obtainable in the states, but most will probably be harder to get.


Again, I could probably add more to the list, but since nothing in particular is springing to mind I'll stop there.

I'll probably make another list at some point of things in general that I'll miss about Japan (convenience stores, recycling bins, vending machines, public transportation...etc). But that may be a long one. I'll do it later. :)

19 April 2009 @ 12:08 am
So I kept forgetting to update this. As per usual.

The rest of our trip was awesome. Here are links to all 4 facebook albums I made, where you can view most of my photos from the trip. You don't need a facebook account to view them. Be sure to check the captions if you're interested in more info about specific shots; I think I wrote something under each one.

The rest of spring break was nice. I didn't do much, but that in itself was enjoyable. Definitely got my sleep schedule way backwards. I'm still working on fixing it. It's hard to go from a bedtime of 4~6:30am (and getting up at 3pm) to a bedtime of 11pm~1am (and getting up at 9-10am).

I've taken more photos recently but I have yet to sort through them, fix up the nicer ones and put them online anywhere. I'll try and post a few here as I type.

Let's see... I'm trying to think of what I can write about, as far as things I've done since my last post.

Saw Watchmen with Jesie, Andrew, Perkins and Viet. That was fun. I bought some merchandise for the movie at the theatre's little gift shop (click the link below for photos).
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So, yeah, I liked the movie a lot. It stayed very close to the original graphic novel's storyline, which was a big plus. And the 2 hours and 45 minutes of screen time didn't seem like a lot, because they definitely worked as much information as they could into that time, since they couldn't have possibly covered the entire book.

Anyway, what else... Well, I got to see the cherry blossoms bloom here last weekend. Very pretty. I got a lot of photos, but I'll just post a couple. Click the link below to see them.

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I also got my hair cut the other week. It was only 1800 yen (~$18) because Wednesday is Ladies' Day at the place that Jesie and I went to, so that was pretty cheap to have it washed, cut AND styled. I also dyed it that weekend, so it's a darkish red now. Here are a couple recent photos, before and after dying it (and with some new clothes on in the more recent photo). Again, just click the link.

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Classes started this past week. So far I know I'm taking Japanese (this trimester it's split into 5 courses: Grammar, Speaking, Writing, Listening and Reading), Kanji, some Intro to Japanese Society class, a Southeast Asian Studies class, and--drumroll--a PHOTOGRAPHY CLASS! Finally, one that's in English. I'm also hoping to take a class that's supposed to be about food. If I can get into that, then hopefully I'll enjoy it, AND hopefully that will mean I'll have the choice of dropping one period of class--most likely, Japanese speaking class, because I know I won't do too good in it. We can take anywhere from 1 to 5 of the Japanese courses, so it will be fine if I do that.

So yeah, class is going fine so far. I like my photo class, even though we've only had one day of it. Our professor is nice and he tries to teach in both English and Japanese, in case the Japanese students don't understand something or if he explains something to them in Japanese and then has to translate it for us.


Anyway. *cough* Back to my life. Uh. Oh, Jesie and I went to Tokyo today. We planned on going to the zoo, so I decided to invite along this guy Josh who's stationed in the Navy near Atsugi, Japan. I've been talking to him online a bit and I figured it would be nice to show him something he hadn't had a chance to see yet, since he only just got stationed here in February. So that was fun. I made sure that it would be the three of us, since I never meet up with an online friend alone, and we hung out at the zoo and then went to Harajuku for dinner. Oh, and I bought a skirt there. It was only 1000 yen (~$10). :) Here are a couple photos; one of Jesie and Josh, and one of me in the skirt. Just click the link.Photos!Collapse )

It was interesting having the three of us walking around together, because Jesie is 4'11.5" and Josh is like 6'1" and 210lbs or something like that. Hahah.

Hm, I guess that's all I really have to update on right now. 2 1/2 months to go. It feels like it's going to go by really fast. Part of me wants it to, but another part doesn't. I mean, I'm EXTREMELY excited to go back to the states and see everyone again, but at the same time, I know I'll reeeeeeeeeally miss a lot of things (and people) that I've gotten used to over the past 7 1/2 months.

Oh, one last thing. I got a Twitter account, for the heck of it, because Jesie had made one since her dad sent her an e-invite to the website. So here's my Twitter url: http://twitter.com/heylookitskira
11 March 2009 @ 01:51 am

I'm just going to copy and paste what I e-mailed to my parents. Here are the details of my trip so far from Tsukuba to Osaka and Hiroshima. Sorry I haven't posted in so long!


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08 February 2009 @ 12:54 pm
So I'm looking up both Catskill and Tsukuba on wikipedia. It's a little hard to compare the two since wiki has both the Town of Catskill and the Village of Catskill, the town being the larger one. BUT, the 'town' includes Palenville and all the other 'hamlets' around Catskill, so I'm assuming that the village is the better one to base this on. Anyway...

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In other news, I went on a loooooong walk last night. About 11km, so 6.8 miles total. Turns out there's a pathway going all the way from my school to the other end of town, and it passes through a bunch of parks and stuff. Was nice to take a break and explore that a bit, since I had never been past a certain point on the pathway (I'd only gone about 500 meters). I want to bring Jesie there when she gets back from visiting her friend's mother in law.

Oh, but now my feet and legs hurt, haha. My body is SO not used to exercise (I tried jogging a bit in small spurts, but my stamina is terrible). I do want to try and make it a habit to go on that path, though. Definitely worth the exercise.

27 January 2009 @ 10:17 pm
I'm going to bed so I'll make this short, but I just wanted to update since I KEEP. FORGETTING. TO COME HERE.

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I guess that's all for now. It's getting a little late, and I'd like to get a nice amount of sleep tonight. I'll try and post again soon; hopefully I'll remember to get on here on a more regular basis.


Oh, one last, completely unrelated and random side note. Jesie has introduced me to watching the show House, and dear god, WHY DIDN'T I GET INTO THIS SERIES SOONER? I'm really going nuts over it. You guys should watch it if you don't already. I really like it. :D
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14 January 2009 @ 11:52 am
Here's another set of photos from Alex and Tom's visit. Most of these are from the zoo we went to. I'll try and put the last bunch of photos up soon, but those are also just from the zoo, so there are a lot of animal photos.


09 January 2009 @ 10:43 am
So last night I uploaded the first of probably ~3 albums on facebook of photos from Tom and Alex's visit. It's 60 photos, mostly taken in Tsukuba and then in Asakusa (a more traditional area of Tokyo full of street vendors and shrines).

Click here to see the photos. Just click on the first one and it'll give you the larger version, and when you want to go to the next photo just click on the photo you're on and it will bring you to the next one. There are captions at the bottoms of the photos that I wrote to explain stuff. :)

I'll try and get the rest of the pictures uploaded soon. When I do, I'll post another link here.

I'll post one photo here just to give an example of what you'll see in the albums. This is the Sensoji--the Asakusa temple, which is apparently Tokyo's most popular and well-known temple.

08 January 2009 @ 12:14 pm
I'm terrible at remembering to update this, aren't I?

I don't think this will be a long entry. Just a quick update and I'll try and write out a more detailed one a little later on (which will hopefully include photos from Tom and Alex's visit).

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09 December 2008 @ 09:49 pm
...until my 20th birthday, as of the start of me typing this.

At least in Japan time. I guess if you go by actual time passed since I was born, I won't be 20 until it's...um...11:11am on the 11th here (wow, too many 11's). But oh well. I'm just going to 'celebrate' tomorrow. Though I'm still not sure what that will consist of just yet.

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I'm going to go to bed now so I can get up early to prepare for class. Ughh 6:30am shouldn't be a time I should ever have to set my alarm for. Oh well. Oyasumi~
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03 December 2008 @ 08:19 pm
(Sorry if all of this is random and boring)

So, I'm sitting in my room eating...guess what? Ziti, with Prego spaghetti sauce. And I'm so happy because of it. There's an international food store in town and it turns out they sell the sauce. YAY. I couldn't find it anywhere else and I know that no other spaghetti sauce will taste as good. So I spent the ~$3.50 on a small jar of it. Probably won't last me more than another serving or two, but it was worth it. I'm content.

On that note, I also bought a can of A&W cream soda (~$1) and a small jar of Skippy peanut butter (~$4) from that store, and a box of Kraft mac & cheese (~$3.50--yikes! but worth it) from another store that happened to have it. Also, I'm curious as to why all the international food stores here seem to sell just as much wine as foreign food. Hm.

So. My Thanksgiving break went well. I celebrated Thanksgiving with Jesie and our friends Perkins, Daniel, Brando, Caroline and Andrew. We made okonomiyaki (click here for wikipedia entry explaining what it is) and mashed potatoes (which I mashed and mixed myself--they turned out awesome). Then we all sat down and watched The Dark Knight on Perkins' laptop... Yeah, it's not out yet, but yeah, he had a download of the movie. :P

Oh, which reminds me, my DVD of Tropic Thunder came last week. More happiness. Can't wait to watch it with Tom and Alex later this month. Only 24 days until they get here!

And, on the topic of countdowns... I've got one week left of being a teenager. Eep. I haven't decided if I'll like turning 20 or not. But I'm sure Alex will be happy that I'll be able to buy alcohol when she and Tom come here.

Sorry I keep jumping around. I'm trying to tie subjects together so each new paragraph isn't too random, but yeah...having some trouble.

Anyway...what else... I still haven't had my hair cut since I got here. Maybe I'll do that on my birthday. Or maybe I'll let it keep growing since it's getting colder. But it's kind of annoying me. Hm.

Oh, also, my room definitely looks a lot more home-y now. I'll try and post some photos soon. I took a lot outside today, too, since I biked into town and then went out again a couple hours ago to take some night photos. So I'll try and get those up here soon. I hope people still read this...

Anywayyy. I guess that's it, I can't really think of much else to say. I'm going to try and send out postcards/letters to people for Christmas but I can't really afford to send out much more than that.

As usual, I'll try and post more often on here...hopefully once a week or so. So keep checking back~
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