Oct. 6th, 2012 01:45 pm
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Wowsers, I haven't updated since March! That seems like a bizillion years ago! Anyway, I am procrastinating studying, so I will try to neatly summarise the last six months!


April was mainly just settling into my new flat and classes in Japan. I missed my dog a lot but everything was all new and exciting. I got placed in a higher level of Japanese than I'd expected, so there was a lot of work and I wasn't in the same class as any of my friends, but my teachers were all super nice and the two other guys in my class were okay.

My futon was super uncomfortable.


By May I'd settled into a routine. On Tuesdays and Fridays I finished early so on those days my sister and I would go sightseeing or to karaoke. I still really liked my classes and everything, especially haiku class. My haiku teacher was the loveliest lady and she'd read haiku to us in this amazingly soothing voice, and take us on these excursions where we'd sit in gardens and write haiku and stuff. It was tops.

I went to the Hey! Say! Jump! concert in Yokohama, which was fun, even though I only know like three of their songs and couldn't do the furi at all. Yamada was hilariously princess-like, which was super entertaining, especially when he tried to push Chinen off the stage.

I went to the baseball a couple of times, which was fun. I'd never been to the baseball before on account of I'm Australian and here we have cricket, but I knew the rules from baseball movies and Rookies.

Near the end of the month my other sister came to visit. Three sisters in a tiny little Tokyo flat - you can probs imagine how fun that was.

For my birthday we went to Chiba and watched the Marines vs the Giants and then to the Aiba restaurant for dinner. It was delicious and I ate a lot but refrained from buying merchandise this time.

I bought a new futon but it was still uncomfortable.


Because my sister was visiting, the three of us went to Aomori for a few days. It was good to get out of the city and Aomori is so beautiful. We ate a lot. I had the most delicious thing I'd ever eaten which was this scallop from the fresh seafood market. It was so delicious it made me cry. Even now when I think about it, I want to cry. I also had very delicious curry ramen. If I ever live in Japan again, I would want to live in Aomori.

When we got back, my other sister left and my remaining sister and I decided to go around the Bosu Peninsula for the day. We went to the cat town from 1Q84, which I don't recommend because it's even more isolated and creepy than in the book. We also went to this other town because there was a big sign promising steak and lobster dinners at the train station, but there was no steak, there was no lobster. No lobster town was the worst!

After that I started getting really sick and spent most of the rest of the month sleeping. When I did go out, it was mostly to Shin Okubo for Korean BBQ, because meat was the only thing that made me feel better. Also Korean cosmetics and cute boys.

I did go to Waku Waku Gakkou, because I'd taken my Arashi concert outfit the whole way to Japan and it would've been too depressing not to wear it. That was fun but would've been more fun if I'd got ballot tickets instead of expensive tickets.

Because I was so sick and couldn't go to class, I went to the hospital. It was horrific. Well, the administration was amazingly well organised, but the doctor was an arrogant pig. He told me it was all in my imagination and to just get over it. I told him he was an incompetent arrogant dick.

My sister went to Kochi and Korea, so I got to sleep in the proper bed instead of the crappy futon and that was awesome.


I contacted my doctor in Australia for a second opinion and she said to come home early. My last week in Japan was the most fun I'd had there, even though I was still sick. It was mostly meeting up with people for farewell dinners and karaoke, which was nice.

I didn't go straight home, but to my mum's house for a few days so I could get my dog. I am never leaving my dog again. Or my bed.

July was mostly having doctors appointments and tests and fun things like that. I started back at uni here part-time so that the year wouldn't be a total waste, as I couldn't get credit for the Japan semester because I finished early - which also meant I couldn't do Japanese this semester. I'm doing two literature subjects instead. One of them is quite hard but I'm in love with my tutor so I have to put it lots of work so I don't look dumb. I'll post more about him another time.


August was a blur of trying to get all my uni work done in advance before going into surgery. As a result, I now really hate Keats.


I had to have my thyroid taken out because it was very big and strangling my windpipe and like crushing my internal organs and things, so September was spent in hospital and then recovering from surgery. It went pretty well but my neck is still sore and I have a big freaky scar and I'm still tired and feeble most of the time. I decided to spend my convalescence time rewatching Supernatural before the new season started, but only made it up to season 6
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So far it's mainly just been trying to stay awake and catch up with uni work. I am definitely not doing my major essay on Keats, Keats can stick it.
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