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Japanese Life (Just some Stuff you should know)

Hey everyone! Life is pretty quickly settling into a routine here. Summer vacation leaves us with a lot of free time, though since school starts September 8th that will quickly change. Be forewarned: this post is going to be pretty long since there's a lot of stuff I want to mention.
1. Walking around Sayama (my new home). Sayama is pretty nice with everything you could need within walking distance; and if you can't get there by walking the train at least is only two minutes away so catching one is no problem. ((Quick note on trains: they are ON TIME. Last night we checked a train time-8:28 am. Guess when it arrived: 8:28 am ON THE DOT.)) Here's a quick look at Sayama:
The view from my おばあさん’s room on floor 14.

That large building on the right is our apartmet complex. We're on floor 6.

A cute sign and the train.

2. Found a book store! Guess what I found inside of it??
MANGA. (My little piece of heaven.)

Also found a tennis magazine.

SIDE NOTE: Want to see what my current reading material is? Prepare to be amazed:
I am at the reading level of a three year old; and reading one page still took me about a half-hour since my vocabulary/ verb conjugation level is zero.

3. For those of you YaleGALE people who may be reading this, look who I met today:
NEMO! Good to see him again and catch up about stuff in Shinjuku with Asako and my host mom.

4. Finally, just some interesting facts:
A. Japanese egg yolks are orange. Not yellow, ORANGE. A nice orangey orange. But they taste about the same.
B. They rival us American's for TV watching.
C. IT IS H.O.T. I am sitting here writing this and sweating, and I just took a shower. I will just sweat off all the food I eat so I won't gain any weight.

That's about all I can think of to write about for now. I got to see my school today, and got my uniforms (one summer, one winter) but you guys won't get to see pictures yet. The principal asked both exchange students to get up and give a speech at the opening ceremony...GACK! Wish me luck writing it!


  1. Oh, gosh, it sounds like you're having a lot of fun so far. C:

    (I found your blog via the AFS website, I'm not some random creeper! xD)

    Can't wait for more updates~

  2. Aah, your city looks so pretty! <3

  3. Oh god, not school uniforms. Perish the thought! I totally forgot that that's pretty much the norm for Japan.

    Speaking of manga, you know that right now you could TOTALLY be a character in a Shoujo manga. Just saying.

  4. That looks so cool! Still, school uniforms... Enjoy :-D By the way, I am in favour of Ethan's comment.

  5. KIAHAHAHA! sweat your food off well that's what i thought, i thought the same in China but you just can't!

  6. Ok, so how does the language thing work @ school? So curious.

    Also, can't wait to see the uniform!!!

    xo clare


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