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A student of the Japanese language, spending a year studying in Matsuyama!
Mmmm...that IS a tasty burger!
This spot will always for me hold the memory of stepping off the night bus from Matsuyama at 5.30am, bleary eyed, about to take my first journey through Tokyo. Shinjuku was an amazing terminal to arrive at and the experience only got better from there.
Real Gold! They sold giant paper cups of this in a vending machine on my university campus. Cost about 100 yen and got me through so many long lectures on Japanese linguistics...
It's also super sweet! A lot of my friends really disliked Japanese bread because it was so much sweeter than back in the UK, but I loved it. Japanese bakeries are some of my favourite places in the world.
I know that feeling! My flight to Japan was one of the worst experiences ever. No amount of excitement could make up for the crippling inability to sleep...
No idea, I've eaten a few but I've never been told the names...
Do love me some cheeza now and then. Gonna miss Japanese snacks/food in general hardcore when I'm back in the UK...
In Japan, so I go out and buy it!
The Vita isn't region locked, at least not for physical copies of games. Downloaded games is another matter as they're tied to your PSN account, but if you buy a hard copy of the game then it's fine. I can understand waiting for an upgraded model though, as it surely won't take long given the PSP's history.
Interesting, not sure I'll run the risk of doing this myself, but good to know! And good to see someone is giving the Vita their support, fingers crossed sales start to go up with the release of some great new titles. Only have Tales of Innocence and Uncharted for my Vita so far, but looking forward to both Gravity Daze and Sumioni.
Well some can actually, IIRC there are some that you have put some form of ID card in to use... Also, cigarette vending machines will ask you for pre-paid cards thst you buy at a tobacconist (probably other places too). Never quite understood that though as no matter what time of day it is you're never more than 30 seconds from a 24-hour conbini, selling more fags than you could need...
A lot of alcohol vending machines will just let you spend away though, no ID required!
Considering it's yakiniku that's more reasonable than I was expecting! It would probably be about the same out here in Shikoku - and I thought I was going to be saving money by living out in the inaka!
Oh the irony, I'd be all over this if I actually had a proper interest in anime... Maybe if I watch ALL the anime tonight I might just get the job...
Are you in possession of a shiny new PS Vita then Danny? Lovely piece of kit - can't understand why they aren't flying off the shelves in Japan! Only have Uncharted and Tales of Innocence so far but they are taking up all my time - haven't looked a Japanese textbook in days!
Just missed ya! was here on the 7th and it wasn't too cold actually, until you got down by the river and it was bloody freezing! Had to dive in to a local Mr Donuts and abuse the free coffee!
10 years old and contemplating how I could get a hold of one of these things! Remember spending all my birthday money and more and getting my parents to wait up until about 1am bidding on eBay! So worth it in the end though.
This map gave me nightmares a few weeks back trying to find the best exit... Are the happy gaijin family posters still plastered everywhere?
Whilst I've had Indian curry in Japan that has tasted fantastic in it's own right (finally, lamb!), I couldn't call it Indian curry. They served curries that would normally be spicy with a wide choice of spices, and curries that should have taken the roof off my mouth, but instead contained no spice at all.
Still delicious, but very different!
I thought you were wearing an orange glove for a minute there!
You got to ni-kyuu in two years of self-study?! Wow, that's dedication. I've been studying Japanese at college and uni for three and a half years now and it's still going to take some serious study to be ready for ni-kyuu next July!
Canon Powershot SX150 IS
I've completely stolen this idea and homemade kanji posters are now adorning the walls of my room!
This makes me wish I'd studied a little harder to get in to a top University, they have it so good! That said, Oxford Brookes is decent enough, and some of our Japanese Studies lecturers are absolutely fantastic; the facilities pale in comparison to what's on show here though...
Surprised by the drop out rate at SOAS as well, I assumed that even though it's clearly a top, top institution, the sheer ability that one needs to get accepted would mean that the students who did get in would be the sort that would get their head down, study hard and push through. The SOAS Japanese course must be a tough nut to crack! I applied myself, and actually got the grades, but SOAS being elite, they looked down on my A's at A-level in Media and Film...