Last Week In Japan!

August 6, 2014

Dear readers,

Sooooooo. Here we are already. My last week in Japan (again). Although this doesn’t mean forever (as I will most certainly always come back to Japan for some time and may it be for shopping and meeting friends.) I know it’s a clichรฉ to say this, but wow, that did not feel like 5 months AT ALL. The time in Tsukuba was just crazy, but then again, half a year is over so fast especially when you are adapting to a new surrounding. (Although my half year in Bonn was terribly long but that was probably because it was winter -brr- and I didn’t need to adapt since it was a) in Germany and b) I was home every now and then.)
Especially the experience of being a graduate student in Japan was very new to me; last time I was enrolled in university here as only to take Japanese language courses, foreigners majoring in a Japanese university is still quite rare, at least here in Tsukuba. I have to say I really enjoyed Tsukuba although everyone is complaining how there is nothing here. They have no idea. My last university, Tokai, on top of a mountain in Kanagawa prefecture, THERE was nothing. Here is plenty. We have shopping centers (yes, plural!), a load of restaurant, supermarkets, drugstores, everything one needs in daily life and more so I did enjoy having all that in a very close distance to myself.
I did enjoy most of my classes and I even made some really good friends here. I am not sad to leave Tsukuba as not much is holding me here; but I am sad for that one really really good friend I made here. But since she will stay in Japan for quite some time this also might not be the last time we’ll see each other, so far I have met a lot of people again that I’ve met two years ago in Japan. ๐Ÿ™‚
Finally received my visa for Korea!! I got a 2-year-student visa as I am enrolled as a graduate student in Korea University too, although I will not graduate from there (there is a limitation to everything, two degrees are already enough work..) I am so excited for Seoul!! This is the first time abroad that I will actually live in a big city. Although I have always been in travel-distance to Tokyo I never lived there (and thank god for that, my worst nightmare..). I did study in Berlin of course but the last years I did mainly study in „rural“ areas like Tokai University (on top of a hill, cannot stress that enough, ON TOP. No bus.), Bonn or Tsukuba so I am so excited to be in Seoul!! I’m also afraid because my Korean is almost non-existent but well… it will work somehow. Has to, right?
So now that I have my visa I can finally relax; I was SO stressed because it wasn’t clear if I could get the visa in time or not as the forms from Korea University where sent extremely late to us. I was afraid to give away my passport to the embassy as my boyfriend is coming to meet me in Seoul I could have not postponed my travel plans… BUT! Everything turned out just fine and I am very happy that there will be no problems for me entering South Korea ๐Ÿ™‚
Since it is the last week and all the Japanese in our program are moving to Germany soon we did have a lot of „goodbye parties“ to spend some last time with each other. Although I did not have many close friends herre it is always a bit hard to completely leave a place for something new.
ๅฅณๅญไผš (Joushikai) Girl’s night with all the girls from my graduate program! From left clockwise around the table: Haruka, Boseol, Sabrina, my humble self, Yurim, Yuka, Nicola and Chihiro posing in front like a pro. As you can probably tell from the picture it was INCREDIBLE HOT inside Yuka’s room. She does not own an aircon and therefore we had 40ยฐC at least in that room, especially with all these people it was unbearable. After 1 hour we moved to Sabrina’s room because all of us were dying out of a heat stroke (but Yuka has the biggest room since she lives alone in a twin room… but well.) This was actually some hours before I got incredibly sick; we did eat a lot of different stuff and with the heat I am not surprised now that my body was collapsing.
We also had a little party with our teachers after the last seminar with some food and some last talks before we all will leave for Germany and Korea! I am really sad to loose such great teachers, especially Aizawa sensei which you see here on the left has been a great supporter throughout the whole stay in Japan I will definitely miss him!

Special take-out for all my readers. Not the whole party but most of them ๐Ÿ™‚ Don’t mind me, this seminar has also been Wednesday from 6 – 9 PM so I’m never wearing any make-up and look… like this ^^

Alsooo on Sunday my friends and I were having a little water war! We brought a pool and water pistols, ice cream and other fun stuff to the nearby park and we’re just chillin‘ to escape the extreme heat and I have to say it worked out pretty good!

My friend Lisa and I with our water pistols, I am wearing my finest garments for lack of a bikini. Threw the top away after that because it’s old and not flattering (Usually wore it on a Sunday when I stayed indoors ๐Ÿ˜‰ )

There were these Japanese kids who were very apt for playing with us (we had water guns!)
And of course we got photobombed.. after we had our little water war I was completely SOAKED as you can see but it was so much fun! Best idea ever ^__^
Today I went to the 100 Yen sushi place together with Lisa and we had a blast! It was soooo good to have some final sushi and we spend the whole day in the shopping center nearby; we didn’t really buy anything but just had a fun day together. It’s already 2AM Thursday so it’s my very last day in the dorm! I am so excited for finally moving out of here for several reasons and so excited for my time in Korea. I will prepare some blog posts for you to read but updates on my move to Korea probably won’t happen before the 23rd which is the day I can move into the dorm in Seoul, before I will just move around all the time and probably have no internet or no time for internet ๐Ÿ™‚
Thanks to everyone who supported me that far and thanks for the good times!
See you soon ๐Ÿ™‚
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