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…

日本に来た理由は…

If you’re a foreigner and you come to Japan, every native you speak to will ask you the same question: Why have you come to Japan? When I first came here, I was kind of embarrassed about my true reasons. I told people that I wanted to experience the culture, I wanted to improve my…

thanksgiving in a rice cooker

Hello everyone! Long time no see. I didn’t write a blog post last week because, frankly, I didn’t have anything to talk about. The only notable parts were that I spent last week studying for my midterm, and went out on Saturday and ended up trawling Harajuku at 4.30am in search of Famichiki (Family Mart…

panic! at the campus

Before proceeding with this blog post, I’d like to say there is relatively little panic within this blog post, but when I was trying to think up a witty title relating to the recent hustle and bustle surrounding campus that one just ended up sticking. I guess you could say that by lying like this…

spooky halloween

Amazingly, this blog post is going to be about me actually doing things rather than me trying to squeeze faux philosophical thoughts out of my daily study grind. Hooray! ハッピーハロウィン!Happy Halloween! This last Tuesday was, of course, Halloween. While I didn’t find myself celebrating on the day of Halloween itself (due to having a 3…

there’s no place like home

Scarecrow: What have you learned, Dorothy? Dorothy: Well, I-I think that it, that it wasn’t enough just to want to see Uncle Henry and Auntie Em – and it’s that – if I ever go looking for my heart’s desire again, I won’t look any further than my backyard. Because if it isn’t there, I never…

ことばはいらない、気持ちがあるから

This weekend, in spite of the Japanese super cold that’s been plaguing me all week, I dragged myself to both of アンティック-珈琲店- Anchikku Koohiiten An Cafe’s shows at 新宿ReNY Shinjuku ReNY this weekend (14/10 and 15/10). I had been planning to going to the first for about a week, but I bought the second ticket entirely spontaneously on the…

for the love of japanese efficiency

efficiency [ih-fish-uh n-see] the state of quality of being efficient, or able to accomplish something with the least waste of time and effort; competency in performance. accomplishment of or ability to accomplish a job with minimum expenditure of time and effort Japan as a country and culture is, amongst many other things, probably best known for…

Vegan Octopus Balls

22nd September – 1st October Life has definitely slowed down a lot. I’m not travelling all over Tokyo every single day, for one, and, of course, classes have finally started. I almost forgot that I’m here to study; every day had just been adventure after adventure. Unfortunately, responsibility always rears its ugly head, forcing you…

Tenacious Noodles

Time really flies, doesn’t it? Just this time last year I was getting ready to start my second year of uni, and I had barely even looked into third year. Now I’m here. I have been thinking about Birmingham quite a lot, and it kinda sucks that I’ll only have one year left by the…

We’re Not In Birmingham Anymore, Toto

So, as of yesterday, I’ve been in Japan for two weeks, and it’s starting to settle in that I’m very much not on holiday and I’m here for a long time. It’s obvious, but then again, I’ve been going out and doing very touristy things every day. Now the dust is starting to settle and…

Scammed By a Maid Café?

秋葉原 Akihabara 10/9 Almost immediately upon exiting the train station, I was greeted by the Square Enix Cafe and people dressed as Mario characters riding go-karts, which gave me a pretty good idea of what was to come. Obviously, when it comes to Japan, I’ve always ran in the terribly nerdy J-pop and music anime circles,…