So we’re now halfway through the new term at Hosei, and it is becoming ever more apparent that my time here is running out, and doing so very quickly. This semester I’m still in level 3 Japanese classes, and am taking Japanese Theatre, Media and Modernity in Japan, Japanese Literature, a Shakespeare class and Task Japanese. So far I’m enjoying all of my classes, though I seem to be getting more distracted then usual. Guess that’s my own fault though.
We’ve even been on a couple of trips. For my theatre class we went to the theatre, and am going again on Saturday, but I’ll do a separate post for those as they’re worthy of some attention. And today we went to a print museum for my media class, which I didn’t have high hopes for, but when we got there I actually found it really interesting. We got to see replicas of lots of old monuments that were old/ancient ways of relaying information as well as getting to see all the print blocks for making newspapers/paintings and ukiyo-e (woodblock prints, think Hokusai). I want to go back again as I didn’t get enough time to look around, and if you go on special days you get to make you’re own print for free 😉 I likes making things I do.
Also we have a new set of exchange students joined to our ranks. We didn’t get any Australians which we were hoping for, but we have plenty of lovely new people instead so not really that upset. Haha.
And now I’m having to start thinking about my dissertation and collecting resources for it. Having emailed the Japanese Department librarian about my topics and if she knew if there would be any resources available for them I now have an idea of what direction I’m going in. So now just to get collecting… 0 resources down, 60 to go…… Wish me luck.
As of tomorrow I will have been four weeks! So far I’ve slept through more earthquakes, experienced a typhoon and probably know my way around shinjuku really well now!
Uni is going really well, though my language classes seem to be a bit on the easy side despite being the second highest. This weeks grammar homework is to switch dictionary form verbs into polite form. Something I’ve been able to do since I was 16… So looks like There is a lot of self study ahead if I want to get my JLPT 2 at the end of the year. The other classes all seem very interesting too. This semester I’m studying Japanese Thought, Culture and Society in Late Meiji and Taisho Japan, Classical Japanese Literature and Japanese Culture. These are all taught in English, apart from Culture where we have a really eccentric Japanese lady teaching us. She’s amazing!
Home life is going pretty well, but the Internet which started off slow is now pretty much non existent. Pretty sure the typhoon was to blame but it’s now ridiculous. Fee feeling tempted to complain to the dorm company as we’re paying a monthly fee for this and it hasn’t worked properly for almost a week now.
Last Saturday was Celeste’s birthday so we went out for the day in Shinjuku. First we went to a cat cafe where you basically pay ten quid to go sit with cats for an hour. While cat’s aren’t my favourite thing, some of them were pretty cute. After that we went to ‘Sweets Paradise’ which is an ‘all you can eat’ cake shop. It was pretty awesome, though a bit cake overkill. So after eating a lot of cake we went to Meiji jingu, via purikura machines. Meiji jingu is a really big shrine, built in, surprise surprise, the Meiji era! There are a lot of trees and grass so it was a nice change of scene! There were a couple of Shinto weddings going on while we were there too, though I got told off for taking photos by a security guard, despite being surrounded by other people taking photos. I was little put out by that as I don’t know why he randomly picked on me. We then went home and got in our pj’s and got PIZZA! And beer. We also watched A History of Violence which was an absolutely terrible film. Don’t watch it. The dialogue made me cringe.
Also, I have a phone! A phone that makes me feel like I’ve gone back in time, but still a phone!!!