Long time no blog~

Hey guys,

sup?

It’s been a while~ A lot of stuff has happened since the last time I blogged.

For one thing, Typhoon Lionrock. Unfortunately Iwaizumi was hit bad on 30th Aug. My apartment flooded and was full of mud. We lost bridges, roads and houses destroyed. But we’re all slowly recovering bit by bit. It’s going to take years to get the town back, but everyone is working hard.

I did some more unpacking today. A lot of my stuff is still bagged up and in suitcases. It doesn’t help that I don’t have much furniture now. I did manage to buy a desk, some storage and a sofa so my apartment isn’t as bare as it was 2 months ago.

I started learning Spanish. At intermediate level now. Been using Duolingo. I’ve also gotten back into courses on coursera. Currently doing “Magic in the Middle Ages”. I’ve always been interested in history and the history of magic so i thought it might be nice to do. I really want to do a course on Japanese history, especially Sengoku history. I’ve become really interested in it lately and want to learn more.

Anyway, this is only a quick one. Just wanted to let you guys know that I’m still about~

 

Pokemon go

So me, like most people my age grew up with pokemon. As a kid I used to watch it everyday and adored it. So much so that I learnt all the words to the pokerap (of which I still know to this very day).

I was very excited when Pokemon go came out, not just because it’s pokemon but because it’s the ORIGINAL pokemon. The ones from my childhood. I gave up watching a little bit after the Johto series because I grew up. And also because remembering all of those names was near impossible. 

Unfortunately the release was delayed here in Japan and it didn’t come out until 2 weeks after the US. First thing I did when I got it was walk. Since getting the game last Friday, I have walked 20km.  I have been working everyday, so in my opinion that’s quite a lot. 

Here’s my character so far:


Team Valor, level 11. I chose Valor mostly because my friends did too. It seems as though, most people here in Iwaizumi are team Mystic though. Almost every gym is blue (except for the station, yay Valor!)

Here’s my current high CP pokemon.

I haven’t particularly been catching many. Plus there are too many weedles and pidgeys around here. I ran out of stardust and pokeballs really quickly. There are a few pokestops in town which is good, but they rarely give me more than one ball.

I don’t play very often but the game has gotten me out of the house. Im looking forward to seeing what I can catch when I get back to England on Tuesday~

I might go out tonight and play.

Happy gaming!

Lu 

Breakfast egg muffins (no milk or flour)

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So I made some egg muffins today. They were really yummy. So anyway, here’s the recipe for all you cooking loving fiends 🙂

Makes 9 muffins. (I used a cupcake baking tray)

Ingredients:

6 medium eggs.

1/2 an onion (diced)

3 small hot dogs (wieners as they are called here)

1 pepper (I used green)

dash of salt

cheese

optional:

dash of hot sauce (I use’d cholula)

garlic puree (about 1/4 teaspoon)

 

Method:

  1. Preheat oven to 220 degrees C.
  2. Cut up all veg and hot dogs into small chunks.
  3. Put all eggs in a bowl, add salt and whisk until smooth. Add the veg and hot dogs.
  4. Mix well and add in garlic and hot sauce if desired. Add as much cheese as you want.
  5. Grease the cupcake pan with oil (or butter) if it is not already non-stick.
  6. Place the mixture evenly amongst the pan.
  7. Add a small slice of cheese on top of each section.
  8. Cook in the oven for 20-25 minutes. (or until firm)
  9. ENJOY!

 

 

Dental care in Japan parts 1 and 2

I had to do the inevitable the other week and finally go to the dentist here in Japan.

First things first, I am absolutely terrified of going to the dentist. Like shaking, feeling sick level of fear. Don’t get me wrong, it’s not like I don’t frequently go… I just really hate it. Back home in the UK, every time I went I would always come out with more problems than I had going in. Not to imply anything directly, but I think the fact that my dental care was FREE until I graduated University might have had something to do with it.

So while I was at work training the other week, I bit into some Lawson karaage (basically chicken nuggets) and had a sharp pain go straight through one of my front teeth.

 Number 2 in this diagram.

It spread into a headache and was hurting non stop. I thought that I had shattered it, so I knew that I had to go to the dentist. Unfortunately it was a week of national holidays, also known as Golden Week. Over these days, most business, especially dentists, are closed. I had to wait to get an appointment. Which made it very hard to eat, sleep and basically do anything through the pain. Pain killers here are pretty weak too. But I persevered and got help with booking the appointment. I would be going there alone however.

This is a tooth that has gone through so much with UK dentists. It’s been drilled into, filled, cemented to the one next to it, separated, filed, buffed.. It’s no surprise that when I got to the dentist here, I was told that I would need a root canal. 

Not what someone who hates dentists wants to hear…

So, in the first appointment I had to fill out a questionnaire about what was wrong (in Japanese of course), had to be seen and had to find out what was wrong. The dentist spoke really quickly and I could barely understand (and tbf my Japanese is pretty good), so I just said yes a lot. Next thing I knew I was being prepared for work to be done. The dentist did notice that I was a little confused so showed me what he was going to do using root canal diagrams.

He drilled a hole into my tooth (after giving me a local anaesthetic of course) and then that was it. Nothing. I moved on to the reception with a numb face and paid for my visit.

In Japan, it’s common for dental work to be spread out over multiple visits. For the money and also not to overwhelm the patient…. (of which I certainly was). I booked another appointment for a week later and left with a huge hole in my tooth.

Eating was still hard. But surprisingly enough, the tooth stopped hurting.

Today, (a week later), I had my 2nd appointment. I was fully prepared for the filing and cleaning to be done….However, he ended up just shoving some antiseptic covered cotton wool in the hole and sent me on my merry way. All of which took no less than 5 minutes.

I have part 3 booked for next Tuesday evening, so we’ll see how that goes. Until then, I have to overcome eating. I did buy soft food and honestly some baby food. I have to eat at school with the kids some days this week and I have to set an example… I can’t just sit there with a yoghurt. Gotta get creative yo.

Fingers crossed I won’t have to go more than 4 times this month…

 

Lu xx

Moe Moe GYU!

I apologise in advance… this post will be very picture heavy. 

So I went to Tokyo 2 weeks ago. Literally 3 years after I went there on holiday during my University exchange and a full year on from when I arrived in Japan this time round. I got to see a lot of what I missed during the last trip. There’s so much to see and do there, it’s very difficult to squeeze it all in one week so I’m glad I was able to go again.

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I got to go to Asakusa and see the temple there. This place is very famous. Look at any travel guide of Japan and this place is usually featured. We stayed in a hotel near it 3 years ago, and again this time too (but at a hostel). It was very crowded as you can imagine but beautiful all the same.

 

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I saw Godzilla in Shinjuku. I was really unsure as to whether he was still there but we found him :). And it made for a great photo. He was huge. To be fair it’s only his neck and head but his size was impressive. I had to walk a good kilometre away before I could get a decent photo.

 

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Finally saw Tokyo Tower! Something I’ve been hoping to do for years. I always see it in the japanese dramas I watch and it’s much bigger than I originally thought. You have to pay to go up inside it, but the view from below was more than enough.

 

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In Odaiba I saw my 2nd Statue of Liberty here in Japan. I didn’t realise there were so many around the world. This one was a lot more feminine than the one I saw in Aomori. (That one totally was a dude). It was such a nice area too. The view around it was amazing, but even though it was a warm day, there were so many clouds so I couldn’t get a photo that wasn’t so….. grey.

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Tokyo Skytree!! I saw it last time I was on holiday in Tokyo, however it hadn’t been entirely completed at that point. My friends went up in it and took photos of the amazing view. However, being the scaredycat that I am… I stayed behind that night. I am really not good with heights! It was so pretty at night. It changes colour depending on the time of year.

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DISNEY STORE! TSUMS! AHHH! I really wanted to get Roo, but they didn’t have him so I ended up getting Dumbo instead.He’s still really cute. I want to try and collect as many Tsums as I can. But so that I don’t waste all my money, I’m only saving it for trips. I’ll only buy them when I’m actually at a Disney Store. The closest to here is a 5 hour drive… so trust me, it wont be very often. You can order them from the webstore, but not worth it as the postage alone is more than the price of 1 of them.

 

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One of the highlights of the trip has got to be our visit to a Maid Cafe. It’s not something I particularly wanted to do, however it was something I had to do at least once while I was in Japan. And I actually ended up loving the experience. Yeah, it was embarrassing but it was a lot of fun. 2 of my friends from University came along with us and it was great to see them! I’ve missed them a lot and I hope I can see more of them in the future. It sucks that Tokyo is too far from here…. T^T. Below is a photo of the Tsundere parfait I ordered while I was there. With the set that we got, we took a photo with our maid too lol.

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I was never a Gundam fan, but seeing the statue was pretty awesome! Seeing it was kinda unreal.. Like, it didn’t look real. Great photo op though!

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Palette Town… just because. Ash did start his journey with Pikachu there after all xD

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Akihabara. Anime central of Japan. The billboards always look amazing and are really impressive.

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Kabukicho. The Soho of Tokyo. After I did a translation piece about it in my 4th year at University, i’ve always wanted to see it for myself.

I did a lot in Tokyo and saw a lot. I got to go to Harajuku and have one of the crepes I had 3 years prior. I had a lot of fun. It was sad to say goodbye to a few friends, but I’m glad that we could make some good memories together before they flew off back home.

 

Lu xx

Back blogging…

As you may have noticed I haven’t been great at sticking at this. Even though I’ve done some post worthy stuff, I just haven’t found the time to post about it. Therefore, for the next week or two I will be back blogging. The school year is winding down now so I find that I have some free time on my hands. Besides working out in this free time, I’m pushing myself to blog too. I’ll be blogging about my holiday in January, my new found hobby, the day I saw the mini statue of liberty and many more.

 

It will be a strain on my memory skills, but it’ll teach me not to abandon the blog again.

Is it really that cold?

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Tono, Iwate

The answer is yes. Yes it is.

When you have to wear gloves and a jumper to bed… It’s cold. “Just put the heating on” I hear you say.. And my answer is “what heating?”

Japan doesn’t really have central heating in its houses and apartments. You can get heated flooring in newer places but that’s pretty much a costly add on when building a swanky out-of-anyone’s-price-range apartment.

We do however have air conditioning units with built in heaters. Unfortunately though these are expensive to keep running for the 8 hours a day that it’s needed. There are other heaters you can get which run on gasoline, however in the usual tiny apartments, these can be very dangerous. And leaving them on at night is a big no-no.

There are also these electric heated tables with thick blankets that are called kotatsu but once you’re under it, you never want to leave… This can be a problem when you have to pee or if you have a job. Who wants to leave the warm cosy inside and go out into the freezing cold right? So how else can you keep warm?

Recently I’ve been trying to work this out. What could be the most beneficial way for me to keep warm? I’ve finally decided that enough is enough and I can’t bare sitting on my backside and shivering any longer.

The best way I keep warm is getting active. Doing just a quick 20 min workout keeps me warm for about an hour afterwards. While my friends are wrapped up in loads of blankets hibernating in their wooly socks and puffer jackets, I’m sitting here in joggers and a vest top. Sure it’s still -8 but I’m warm, and burning calories while I’m at it.

I do however have an electric bed warmer which I use at night but for the rest of the day I’m trying to get in as much exercise as possible.

It appears to be doing me a lot of good too. I have more motivation, I can get up earlier, sleep better and to top it off my clothes have gotten loose. All in all, I think I’ve succeeded in finding the best way to stay warm.. For me at least anyway.

xx