Stuff I'm getting up to on my year abroad =]

I was updating my ‘Odd Things’ post with more pictures and realised that some of the things I’ll be taking photos of that don’t need their own whole post aren’t ‘odd’ but ‘cool’! So this is where the cool photos are from now on 🙂

Also, at the very top of the blog is a little box of links to all the ‘Constantly Updated’ posts, so if you want to bookmark them, or find them quickly, you can 🙂

Mitch and I have tickets to so many things!!

Mitch and I have tickets to so many things!!

Japan and Marlene have introduced me to golden kiwi fruit; it's delicious :)

Japan and Marlene have introduced me to golden kiwi fruit; it’s delicious 🙂

So you know underground car parks? Well Japan cycles so much that they have them for bikes!!!

So you know underground car parks? Well Japan cycles so much that they have them for bikes!!!

They even have a thingy which pulls your bike up for you!

They even have a thingy which pulls your bike up for you!

I bought the Japanese guide for my Japanese version of Zelda and now I can finally get past damn Jubajuba! It counts as practice :P

I bought the Japanese guide for my Japanese version of Zelda and now I can finally get past damn Jubajuba! It counts as practice 😛

I love these hair extensions!

I love these hair extensions!

I got my own ice lolly makers :D

I got my own ice lolly makers 😀

My first ice lolly of many this summer

My first ice lolly of many this summer

Marlene taught me how to make cute paper hearts :)

Marlene taught me how to make cute paper hearts 🙂

Marlene and I made omerice and curry sauce one night; it was yummy!

Marlene and I made omerice and curry sauce one night; it was yummy!

Dessert!

Dessert!

I bought bear tights!!

I bought bear tights!!

I started cheerleading!!! It's great fun :)

I started cheerleading!!! It’s great fun 🙂

The ends of the temporary fences are so much cooler in this land

The ends of the temporary fences are so much cooler in this land

booze post! I ordered alcohol from amazon, I didn't know you could do that!

booze post! I ordered alcohol from amazon, I didn’t know you could do that!

A nice Starbucks person drew me a smiley face :)

A nice Starbucks person drew me a smiley face 🙂

Delivery company with a man powered delivery tuck. Love this.

Delivery company with a man powered delivery tuck. Love this.

My present for doing another research thing for my teachers

My present for doing another research thing for my teachers

I recently aquired chairs and a blanket to make a sofa on my balcony!!

I recently aquired chairs and a blanket to make a sofa on my balcony!!

I started learning German!

I started learning German!

Best ice lolly ever; watermelon covered in soda chocolate with chocolate 'seeds'

Best ice lolly ever; watermelon covered in soda chocolate with chocolate ‘seeds’

This little guy was huge! About the size of your thumb. Just chilling out in my halls.

This little guy was huge! About the size of your thumb. Just chilling out in my halls.

I bought a polaroid!!

I bought a polaroid!!

The only way to revise; with my new favourite alcohol that Japan has revealed to me! Cassis and orange juice

The only way to revise; with my new favourite alcohol that Japan has revealed to me! Cassis and orange juice

I got a once-a-month job as an English conversation person and this is the nice entrance

I got a once-a-month job as an English conversation person and this is the nice entrance

Bekah as a ginger!!

Bekah as a ginger!!

And Sam as a ginger!!

And Sam as a ginger!!

They drew on the cups :)

They drew on the cups 🙂

My friend Robin drew me. The expression pretty much sums us all up in that particular class!

My friend Robin drew me. The expression pretty much sums us all up in that particular class!

I retail therapied myself and bought all the Harry Potters in Japanse!!

I retail therapied myself and bought all the Harry Potters in Japanse!!

I also bought a candle which makes my room a lot cosier :)

I also bought a candle which makes my room a lot cosier 🙂

The last in the set!!

The last in the set!!

I started football!! Yay! I have been going for a few weeks now and I'm really enjoying it; the girls are all lovely and it's awesome Japanese practice :)

I started football!! Yay! I have been going for a few weeks now and I’m really enjoying it; the girls are all lovely and it’s awesome Japanese practice 🙂

You can get anime themed juice at convenience stores!!

You can get anime themed juice at convenience stores!!

I have recently learnt to make my hair do this :D

I have recently learnt to make my hair do this 😀

My hair in those big curls making excellent antennae

My hair in those big curls making excellent antennae

So most men in Japan have these wonderful and stylish manbags and I just love it! I had to snap a sneaky pic of this guy's as it was just so designer looking :P

So most men in Japan have these wonderful and stylish manbags and I just love it! I had to snap a sneaky pic of this guy’s as it was just so designer looking 😛

The manager of the football team went home to Kyoto for a bit and brought back these amazing matcha biscuits; they were really sweet and had white chocolate in them :D

The manager of the football team went home to Kyoto for a bit and brought back these amazing matcha biscuits; they were really sweet and had white chocolate in them 😀

In class our yes/no cards got updated from bits of paper to proper little paddle things! They're so cute!

In class our yes/no cards got updated from bits of paper to proper little paddle things! They’re so cute!

Practical Japanese; this id how I learnt the word for graze!!

Practical Japanese; this id how I learnt the word for graze!!

This, my dear friends, is my booking for KFC on Christmas day. Bitchin'! KFC wont know what hit them when we turn up... I might wear a Santa hat and everything.

This, my dear friends, is my booking for KFC on Christmas day. Bitchin’! KFC wont know what hit them when we turn up… I might wear a Santa hat and everything.

On my way to the immigration bureau to pick up my forms, there was this funky tower. I don't know what it is but I liked it.

On my way to the immigration bureau to pick up my forms, there was this funky tower. I don’t know what it is but I liked it.

Some pretty trees on the walk to the Bureau! Which actually only took 20 mins; quicker than waiting for and riding the bus and much prettier and cheaper too!

Some pretty trees on the walk to the Bureau! Which actually only took 20 mins; quicker than waiting for and riding the bus and much prettier and cheaper too!

A nice view of Tachikawa station plaza

A nice view of Tachikawa station plaza

I had jacket potato at Sam's! I miss ovens >.<

I had jacket potato at Sam’s! I miss ovens >.<

It was cold so we hid in the duvet :)

It was cold so we hid in the duvet 🙂

I found my university advertised on the tissue packets they give out! That's something Japan does; gives out little packets of tissues with adverts in. I reckon it's awesome as I'm way more likely to take the advert and then never need to buy tissues! Sadly this would just end up going very wrong in England...

I found my university advertised on the tissue packets they give out! That’s something Japan does; gives out little packets of tissues with adverts in. I reckon it’s awesome as I’m way more likely to take the advert and then never need to buy tissues! Sadly this would just end up going very wrong in England…

Bekah, Sam and I had a DS party :)

Bekah, Sam and I had a DS party 🙂

This cost me about 60p..... It's huge!!!

This cost me about 60p….. It’s huge!!!

A photo I forgot I had from when we went to Ikea; I fit inside this egg chair just for kicks!

A photo I forgot I had from when we went to Ikea; I fit inside this egg chair just for kicks!

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I bought a spray art from a guy in Ikebukuro and now all my photos are making the best ever frame :)

I bought a spray art from a guy in Ikebukuro and now all my photos are making the best ever frame 🙂

I bought another Nanoblock Pokemon :)

I bought another Nanoblock Pokemon 🙂

Mitch sent me flowers from 6000 miles away. Who said long distance relationships don't work! He's a cutie <3

Mitch sent me flowers from 6000 miles away. Who said long distance relationships don’t work! He’s a cutie ❤

I couldn't resist this from a 100 yen shop; it says Cat, What makes you so happy?

I couldn’t resist this from a 100 yen shop; it says Cat, What makes you so happy?

Oh I don't know, maybe because it's filled with CHOCOLATE!

Oh I don’t know, maybe because it’s filled with CHOCOLATE!

I used the wrapping from my flowers to cover my bedside table :) Much prettier!

I used the wrapping from my flowers to cover my bedside table 🙂 Much prettier!

I realised that this is probably something I should put on the blog as it's really not something we have in England! Everywhere you go in Japan there are vending machines. Including in front of my dorms, in front of my lecture building, in the stations, randomly on street corners etc. They sell everything from biscuits to ice cream to canned coffee and some, like the one in the photo, are totally digital; you can pay using your Pasmo or Suica (Japanese Oyster Card) and they even have built in bins for when you have finished your drink. They're so great! They don't cost more than the shops either so if you're thirsty they rock! Good ol' Japan and its convenient stuff.

I realised that this is probably something I should put on the blog as it’s really not something we have in England! Everywhere you go in Japan there are vending machines. Including in front of my dorms, in front of my lecture building, in the stations, randomly on street corners etc. They sell everything from biscuits to ice cream to canned coffee and some, like the one in the photo, are totally digital; you can pay using your Pasmo or Suica (Japanese Oyster Card) and they even have built in bins for when you have finished your drink. They’re so great! They don’t cost more than the shops either so if you’re thirsty they rock! Good ol’ Japan and its convenient stuff.

My wall of photos above my bed! It's very comforting to have these all here, and with all the purikura I'm doing the collage is getting slowly bigger!

My wall of photos above my bed! It’s very comforting to have these all here, and with all the purikura I’m doing the collage is getting slowly bigger!

During the school festival I didn't have classes so I had the luxury of being in my room when the sun hits my bed in the early afternoon! It has been great to warm myself up here :D

During the school festival I didn’t have classes so I had the luxury of being in my room when the sun hits my bed in the early afternoon! It has been great to warm myself up here 😀

I went back to my dorm a different way and the sun was setting and looking all pretty :) My room is the right hand building, top floor, third from the right!

I went back to my dorm a different way and the sun was setting and looking all pretty 🙂 My room is the right hand building, top floor, third from the right!

Autumn is beautiful here

Autumn is beautiful here

In class we interviewed a Japanese student about her future and the teacher took this! I think it's a great memory, thanks sensei!

In class we interviewed a Japanese student about her future and the teacher took this! I think it’s a great memory, thanks sensei!

Thanks Steph, these are working wonders on my feet now it has gotten cold :)

Thanks Steph, these are working wonders on my feet now it has gotten cold 🙂

I went to do a random thing for my teachers' research project and they gave me a USB in return. One can never have too many USBs I guess!

I went to do a random thing for my teachers’ research project and they gave me a USB in return. One can never have too many USBs I guess!

Our teacher gave us cookies in class :)

Our teacher gave us cookies in class 🙂

No one ever told me chocolate sauce was free at Starbucks! This was an exciting moment.

No one ever told me chocolate sauce was free at Starbucks! This was an exciting moment.

When you do something well in Japan the teachers circle it rather than tick it like we do in England. So when you do really well, you get a giant spirally swirl on the entire page! This made me giggle a bit :P

When you do something well in Japan the teachers circle it rather than tick it like we do in England. So when you do really well, you get a giant spirally swirl on the entire page! This made me giggle a bit 😛

My friend told me about a shop nearby that sells western stuff! The item that made me most happy was the Maggi!! I was expecting to have to eat my eggs without it for a long time but now I don't have to! :D I know the tins and herbs aren't specifically western, but I finally found ingredients for chilli, so this made me very happy!!

My friend told me about a shop nearby that sells western stuff! The item that made me most happy was the Maggi!! I was expecting to have to eat my eggs without it for a long time but now I don’t have to! 😀 I know the tins and herbs aren’t specifically western, but I finally found ingredients for chilli, so this made me very happy!!

For those of you who can't Japanese, I'm going to attempt to explain why this is so cute! Basically the sign says "this is panda bread" which doesn't sound all that great, until you know that it reads "panda pan da!" which is a very cute little play on words :) The first 'panda' is written in the script used for foreign words and means 'panda'. the second 'pan da' part uses the foreign language script for 'pan' (bread) and then the normal script for the 'da' (this is). Does that make sense? If not, just know that it's a sweet little word play that tickled me :)

For those of you who can’t Japanese, I’m going to attempt to explain why this is so cute! Basically the sign says “this is panda bread” which doesn’t sound all that great, until you know that it reads “panda pan da!” which is a very cute little play on words 🙂 The first ‘panda’ is written in the script used for foreign words and means ‘panda’. the second ‘pan da’ part uses the foreign language script for ‘pan’ (bread) and then the normal script for the ‘da’ (this is). Does that make sense? If not, just know that it’s a sweet little word play that tickled me 🙂

The view from the 8th floor of the Research and Lecture building, where I'll be studying in my breaks from now on I think!

The view from the 8th floor of the Research and Lecture building, where I’ll be studying in my breaks from now on I think!

Casual evil sticks with a traffic cone on a rolla bolla. I like Ikebukuro.

Casual devil sticks with a traffic cone on a rolla bolla. I like Ikebukuro.

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I know my address works for ordering online; I Just got all my translation books!! I can start reading around my dissertation topic now :D

I know my address works for ordering online; I Just got all my translation books!! I can start reading around my dissertation topic now 😀

LOOK WHAT I WON IN A UFO CATCHY ARM MACHINE IN IKEBUKURO!!! The people there see you trying and come over and open the door to move the one you want to win so you can actually have a chance if you get it right :D Isn't that cool? The ones in England are all just cons, so I'm very happy :) I went with Bekah and she won some Attack on Titan stuff she has had her eye on for ages too :D

LOOK WHAT I WON IN A UFO CATCHY ARM MACHINE IN IKEBUKURO!!! The people there see you trying and come over and open the door to move the one you want to win so you can actually have a chance if you get it right 😀 Isn’t that cool? The ones in England are all just cons, so I’m very happy 🙂 I went with Bekah and she won some Attack on Titan stuff she has had her eye on for ages too 😀

Diggers are a much fancier colour in Japan! Or at least this one is :)

Diggers are a much fancier colour in Japan! Or at least this one is 🙂

The covered walkway down the long road between the halls and the main campus :)

The covered walkway down the long road between the halls and the main campus 🙂

The lovely view from the second floor of the main lecture building; how cool is the circular yellow brick road!!

The lovely view from the second floor of the main lecture building; how cool is the circular yellow brick road!!

This isn’t really odd, but cool! I was in a lecture and the lecturer asked us where we were all from. Seeing it written down that there were 25 different countries represented in one small room really made me think about what it means to be here!

Comments on: "Constantly Updated – Cool things!" (2)

  1. Make good friends with all those people so you have 25 holiday destinations in the future!!

  2. Judith Cooke-Sanderson said:

    You mean to say all those years at school with a blackboard were cool?

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