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Halloween in Tokyo

Halloween in Tokyo

So I wrote this article the day after Halloween while I was at school. I went home and tried to upload it, but somehow the file was corrupted and there was no way to find a previous version on my tablet. Then, I wrote it a second time on my tablet and it also self destructed. As a result, I’ve had to start avoiding writing on my tablet. So, I apologize that writing this article for a third time has…

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Plátano Power And Supporting the Arts

Plátano Power And Supporting the Arts

I haven’t really given much of an update because I don’t have much to report. After months of averaging three day work weeks, my last few weeks have been extremely busy. I have had a day and night class almost every night for the last two weeks. I even worked this past Saturday and Sunday. Nevertheless, I’ve still managed to squeeze in some fun these last few weekends. Both of them were very different and each had their own theme….

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Falling into Autumn

Falling into Autumn

With the start of September, Tokyo Summer ended: no more yukatas, festivals, and fireworks shows. However, now that fall is officially here I’m excited for cooler weather and changing leaves. Tokyo summers are brutal. Heck, even today I find myself profusely sweating everywhere I walk.  Anyway, I welcomed the fall equinox in the best possible way, with a day trip and hiking. Saturday I went to Yokohama with some friends. One member of our group lives there and wanted to…

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Conquering Mount Fuji 

Conquering Mount Fuji 

Summer is officially over. My school assignments are in full swing. However, I had time for one last summer adventure. Last Sunday and Monday I climbed and conquered Japan’s highest mountain, Mount Fuji. After nearly six months in Japan, I can finally cross something off of my bucket list. Not to sound arrogant or crazy in shape (because I don’t consider myself either) but I didn’t find the climb as difficult as I imagined. However, the descent was more brutal…

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Party Till the Break of Dawn

Party Till the Break of Dawn

Would you believe me if I told you it took me nearly six months to party all night in a city as vibrant and crazy as Tokyo? Maybe I wasn’t out partying until daybreak every night in France, but I was out dancing at least 3 to 4 times per week. I feel like I’ve become more antisocial in Japan because I don’t have many friends and for the first time in my life, I live alone. However, when I…

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A Day Trip to Kamakura

A Day Trip to Kamakura

A few weeks ago my summer school holiday started and what better way to kick things off then with a day trip?! During my first few months in Tokyo I haven’t exactly been a social butterfly because I knew summer was coming and with it a lack of assignments and therefore money. However, I planned accordingly my first few months during my antisocial period and now I’m allowing myself to explore a bit. Just don’t expect me to start balling…

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Oh-Geez, Look at that Ice Cream

Oh-Geez, Look at that Ice Cream

I had a jam packed weekend exploring the city. Sensei told me he was unble to go to Japanese class this weekend. That makes two weeks in a row, and since I’ve had plans I haven’t gone and worked with another teacher. Well, I did at least study at home this weekend, in between binge watching Death Note. DoD texted me Saturday morning asking if I was up for lunch. Since the only thing I had planned was maybe going…

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Fête de la Musique

Fête de la Musique

Two weekends ago I celebrated the beginning of summer a la française. I made a new French friend (the architect) earlier in the month at a Meetup picnic. Unlike people I’ve exchanged contact information with, we actually talked. She invited me to a music festival hosted by the French Institute of Tokyo. I had almost completely forgotten about la Fête de la Musique in France. This free festival included classical, folk, choral, and rock music sung in Japanese, French, or…

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Iris Flowers, Salsa Music, and a Mini Reunion

Iris Flowers, Salsa Music, and a Mini Reunion

I know I’ve been awful about posting. Every other entry is me stating that I’m awful about posting. I start drafts on so many topics then never finish them. Truthfully, I spend every waking moment on WaniKani, obsessed with learning kanji. If I’m not using WaniKani, I’m binge watching anime, specifically Ansatsu Kyoushitsu (Assassination Classroom). I frequently get asked by children which anime I like. I’m not a huge anime fan, although I’ve started watching anime here in Japan. My…

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I Have a History of Taking Off My Shirt

I Have a History of Taking Off My Shirt

It’s been one week. One week since I saw my last cockroach. Now, one week may not seem that long, but considering I was seeing two cockroaches per day, I consider one week a vast improvement. However, I think it’s premature to think they are gone for good, but I sincerely hope they are. Last week was a nightmare. As you know I spent the better part of Sunday fortifying my apartment. However, afterwards, the gokiburi situation seemed to get…

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