Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Seto and Photoshoot

So this weekend, me and Emily had to go to Seto to sign up for our part time jobs. Seto is on the other end of the Meitetsu Seto train line from Sakae, and where we live is right in the middle of the line. After we had the meeting, we decided to randomly explore Seto. We wandered around and found some creepy, weird, almost magical feeling places.

We found this creepy old shopping area, similar to Osu in Nagoya, except it wasn't full of people, a lot of the shops were closed, and there were spider webs everywhere. Also, the walking area was narrower and crooked. There was also Kyary Pamyu Pamyu music playing loudly all throughout the area which kind of added to the eeriness of it.

The path let out on this small side street that was full of cats! A guy came outside to feed them.

 At the end of the street was this really cool and old shrine that's more than 1000 years old!

Cat statues! Must be why the cats like this area so much.

Then we found a playground that was slightly falling apart and had cages with chickens and peacocks. I don't think they were very happy there =( I wish I could set them free...

And then a lovely sunset.


Then this is from Sunday at Nagoya Station. I had my first photo shoot in Japan, and this is where we met :)

And here's the park that we went to.

Then after, we went to a cafe.

Aaaand here's a few of the finished pictures from my photo shoot! Taken by Rizki Mardian.
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And here's my modeling/blog Facebook page! Any photo shoots I do will be posted on FB first, and I'm only putting a few on my blog so if you wanna see more go here! :] Gimme a like while you're at it!
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This Friday, me and Emily are going to Aichi University to watch the Doctor Who 50th with another student from WVU who's studying abroad. Yay new places and adventures! Also yay for me actually being able to make plans with people and be social! XD Then on Saturday, Jer will be in Nagoya for the weekend! ♡

Saturday, November 23, 2013

Elementary School Visit, Japanese Children's Games, and Other Stuff

Today me and the other foreign exchange students took a second trip to the elementary school! We got to play some traditional Japanese games like daruma otoshi, origami (paper folding), kendama (ball in cup-ish game), shogi (Japanese chess), and calligraphy. The kids made them all look so easy! I wish I could keep all their cute faces showing, but the internet is a horrible scary place, so I covered their faces to be safe.

First is daruma otoshi. I was actually kind of good at this game! This one was the one that I was most excited to try.

That's me failing

I did it!!!
They were all so interested in the fact that I could write in Japanese.

I also tried this plate spinning game....WAY harder than this kid made it look!

That's my "Oh god, I hope I didn't hit any children with it" face

There's even a Japanese version of chess called shogi.

And they made me some origami =]

And here's kendama, which I didn't try

The children put on these robe things and serve lunch to their classmates, and they all clean the school themselves instead of having janitors.

The head of the school gave us all little gift certificates to a bookstore =]

Here's just some random pictures of pretty plants I saw on the walk back.

And here's just some stuff from my life too little for its own blog post. We had an art class this week. I think I did super well, but we ran out of time :[ Actually, more like I got too much into it and ran out of time.....but those birds turned out amazing! I can't not take art seriously. Second pic is my version.

One of our teachers always brings us little treats to class =] Did you know that 11/11 is Pocky day? XD I'm just learning all the things!

These are some pictures taken with an Instax camera by one of our Japanese friends, and the last pic is from when my Chinese roommate made me dinner =] She does that randomly sometimes; she's so sweet! I made her chocolate pancakes in return.