The Great Japanese Chocolate Digestive Ranking

Ok, I’m writing up a megapost about food currently but it’s taking ages. So here’s a different one. For some reason, since coming to Japan, I can’t stop eating chocolate digestives. Maybe it’s a homesickness thing, like how I’ve suddenly started to religiously watch Eastenders and The Apprentice when I never really paid much attention…

seoulsearching

The spring break adventure continues! After Hokkaido, I had two days of concerts. No rest for the wicked. There isn’t much remarkable to write about them; I’ve already written about countless An Cafe concerts. Although, after the first one ended they brought down a projector screen and there and then announced a new single and…

hokkaido

I’m writing this on the plane as it departs from New Chitose airport. Efficiency. Plus they dimmed the lights so I can’t read my book (One Day, freshly stolen from the 10 yen store that has materialised in the dormitory lobby, made up of all the cast-offs left behind by those leaving Hoshien). So, my…

tower records

On Sunday February 4th, I found myself ticking yet another thing off of my Japan bucket list. Not that I have a concrete one, mind, it’s mostly just stuff I’ve come across and been like “ah yeah i remember reading about this once upon a time, that would be pretty cool to do”. However, amongst…

880 yen slap on the ass

Quick forewarning: Some of the contents of this post aren’t entirely appropriate. The bar we went to wasn’t entirely appropriate. Sorry. Anyway. Semesters at Waseda are 15 weeks long (what???? at Birmingham it’s only 10 – they like to pretend its 11 but being a filthy BA student I get a tasty tasty Reading Week…

classes at waseda

My first semester at Waseda is finally over. It’s slightly hard to believe that just a year ago I was sitting in my French translation class, aggressively refreshing my emails until one dropped into my inbox, announcing that I was indeed being nominated to apply for Waseda. It’s also hard to believe that just a…

wasps of hakone

God, I have so much work to do. My teachers have turned from lovely, supportive educators to torturers who insist on going “Oh, by the way! I know this isn’t on the syllabus/you already have a final for this class/I told you you’d finished the work you needed to do, but here’s another test/report/presentation to…

actually leaving my flat for once

Hello! So, the trouble with having 21 hours of class over 6 days of the week with tests and homework on top is that it doesn’t really leave much time for exploring, which is problematic in that you start to feel like you’re wasting the opportunity of living here. I mean, it’s true that the…

ch ch ch ch changes

This is a pretty hard (and slightly embarrassing, considering the amount I go on about them) blog post to write, but it’s a very big part of my journey here so we’ll go with it. It’s going to sound very over dramatic to you, but I really cannot overestimate what Morning Musume means to me,…

happy happy new year

Ooh she’s doing one of those looking back posts. Super deep. As if I haven’t done enough of those already. Oh man. Looking back on 2017, it’s just really weird. It feels like it didn’t really start until September, because I spent the first 8 months of the year waiting, and, thanks to UoB’s spectacular…

a very nyappy christmas

Christmas Day, 2010. Or maybe it was 2009? It was one of those… A young girl loved a band with all her heart, but unfortunately they are Japanese so she thought she would never get to own one of their CDs, let alone ever see them live. She unwraps a present and immediately bursts into…

christmas time, and wine, and wine

Christmas is upon us! If I were at home, I would currently be on my Christmas break and would’ve been that way since the 8th of December: basking in a festive glow as I bash out a French literature essay with a terrible made-for-TV movie on in the background. Here, I’m drinking a lot of…

モーニングコーヒー飲もうよ二人で

As promised, here I come to you fresh (or not so fresh – been hit with a big old cold again) with a story about my trip to a theme cafe. This wasn’t just any theme cafe, however; this was the Morning Musume 20th Anniversary Cafe. Which I will now proceed to describe in painstaking…