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…

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,…

I Haven’t Died of Anaphylaxis (yet)

Okay, I’m not going to do a blog post for EVERY DAY OF THE YEAR. But these last few days have been so jam-packed; nobody can be bothered reading it all in one go. I certainly can’t. So here’s my attempt at catching up now that’s I’ve settled and slowed down a bit: 新宿 Shinjuku…

ここにいるぜぇ!

As the title says – I’m here! So I’ve been so busy I haven’t had time to write this at all, but that’s okay! I’ll do it in several posts, since I have done so much recently. I tried doing it all in one, but it’s hella. So big. Yowzers. ANYWAYS SO The weeks before…

(Part 5) Visa Application

Waseda e-mailed my home university’s Study Abroad office about mid-July to say hey! We’re sending you crazy kids your physical documents! I finally got them 1st August (well, 2nd August is when I picked them up because I wasn’t home to sign for the envelope but whatever) This seems to change by year but I…

(Part 4) Taking Medication into Japan

Japan is (fairly) quite strict about what drugs you can import, and in what quantities you can import them. The Ministry of Health has guidelines on what you can bring, and if want to bring anything more, you’ll need to apply for a Yakkan Shoumei (Certificate to Import Medication), which basically gives you permission to…

(Part 3) Accommodation Application

I received my acceptance by email from Waseda on June 1st, and applied for accommodation on June 5th. You apply for accommodation at Waseda by filling out a lifestyle, or personality test (amazing). After normal questions (name, birthday, gender, home university, would you like university owned accommodation, would you like a single or shared room,…

(Part 2) Aaaaagghhhhh (or, Applying for a Japanese University Exchange)

In early February I was offered my allocation to Waseda, and at about 5pm on February 17 (notably, this was a Friday evening, because this country operates on business days and hours only) I got an email from the Study Abroad Office, in which they’d forwarded me Waseda’s application pack. I was so excited. Then…