Monthly Archives: July 2012

From the Land of the Rising Sun #1: Shibamata

The two dudes are my schoolmate and Japanese lecturer

Shibamata was the scene for one of Japan’s famous dramas, “Otoko wa tsurai yo” starring Tora-san. His statue is just next to the train station entrance (Shibamata eki). And I just realised that I don’t have a photo of the statue….There is actually a museum that has stuff on that drama. If you walk past the museum you’ll reach the Edo river; crossing it takes you to Chiba. The boat taking people to and fro has been operational for quite some time; its known as Yagiri no Watashi. I remember sitting by the river bank on our second last day: “…Our last free day in Japan. Im at the river, after I horrendously miscalculated my spending and wasted like 250 yen. But the shopping for guys back home is done. I’m going to miss this tranquil, organised, happy, kind and entertaining country; Nihon…” 

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Then I just sat, taking in the view, the moment… I must definitely go back there. Once is not enough.

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From the Land of the Rising Sun #0: Introduction

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Sea of Clouds above Japan

Yoshi! Kimeta! (Ok! I’ve decided!)

I’m an IT student but I’m doing Japanese as a minor. And as is the case for other language students in our university, we were offered a chance to go to the country where they speak the language we are learning. So this April I had a chance to visit the wonderful country of Japan. That is one AWESOME country; friendly people, legendary service…and the food? Yes, that must have been heaven.

Anyway, it was one of the best holidays I’ve had….no, the best holiday of my life; I had super-awesome experiences and learnt a lot being in a place that’s totally different from home. I’ve decided to put up the top 5 experiences I had and hope that you can learn a thing or two from them. Some of the posts we’ll be in Japanese (with translation provided)… Look out for the five parts!

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