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Ask me anything   Submit   Jessica. Twenty years old. Honolulu, Hawaii. Also Seattle, Washington.
This blog is dedicated to my year of studying abroad at Tokyo's at Waseda University.

So since I missed my flight the next day I went to the Sky Treeeeeee. I guess then that it was a good thing that I missed my flight because I wouldn’t have went to the Sky Tree otherwise! Honestly I had no interest in the thing but since this day was not crowded (a 1 1/2 hour wait) we decided to go up. It was pretty cool. I’m glad that it was the last thing I did in Tokyo, because what better way to sum up everything. Me, Maru, Ross, Ross’ bro, and Yukina went. After we went down Kei met up with us too and we ate omurice. Yummmm. What a good last meal. Everyone had to go, so Maru took me to the train. It was sad. He is one of the first people who I met in Japan… that day a year ago at Narita International Airport. And here he was sending me off to the same place. It all came full circle.

— 1 year ago
The scheduled last day of mine was supposed to be on August 19th. This day, my friends (Shoko, Yurika, Ross, Sou, Hikari, Ryosuke, Seiya, Yuto, Mokkun, Yukina) came to the rotary to see me off to the airport. However, we had some time left so we went to Saizeriya and just talked. I originally had the plan to leave Baba at 5pm, but some how or the other it was a little before 6pm when we got on the train from Baba to Nippori. Accompanying me was only Mokkun and Maru (Oh yeah, Maru met us at Saize. He shortened his travel by one day in order to see me off!). At Nippori we looked at the Keisei Skyliner and realized that I wouldn’t make my flight….. hahahahaha. I have never missed a flight before. I was very embarrassed because earlier in the day we had so much free time. Luckily Maru offered me his home. I was a little nervous meeting his family at first but they are SOOOOO nice. His mom and dad are really funny and outgoing, and his sisters are really unique and it’s hard to see a relation between them and Maru. They treated me as if I were family even if I was intruding on such short notice. They are wonderful people. Truly. Also, Maru’s room is so strange! He has a lot of little figurines and he said that was his hobby growing up… LOL. He also has a lot of books and you can tell that he reads a lotttttt. The whole thing was an interesting experience. And out of all people, it was Maru…. hmmm.

The scheduled last day of mine was supposed to be on August 19th. This day, my friends (Shoko, Yurika, Ross, Sou, Hikari, Ryosuke, Seiya, Yuto, Mokkun, Yukina) came to the rotary to see me off to the airport. However, we had some time left so we went to Saizeriya and just talked. I originally had the plan to leave Baba at 5pm, but some how or the other it was a little before 6pm when we got on the train from Baba to Nippori. Accompanying me was only Mokkun and Maru (Oh yeah, Maru met us at Saize. He shortened his travel by one day in order to see me off!). At Nippori we looked at the Keisei Skyliner and realized that I wouldn’t make my flight….. hahahahaha. I have never missed a flight before. I was very embarrassed because earlier in the day we had so much free time. Luckily Maru offered me his home. I was a little nervous meeting his family at first but they are SOOOOO nice. His mom and dad are really funny and outgoing, and his sisters are really unique and it’s hard to see a relation between them and Maru. They treated me as if I were family even if I was intruding on such short notice. They are wonderful people. Truly. Also, Maru’s room is so strange! He has a lot of little figurines and he said that was his hobby growing up… LOL. He also has a lot of books and you can tell that he reads a lotttttt. The whole thing was an interesting experience. And out of all people, it was Maru…. hmmm.

— 1 year ago
We are so cute.

We are so cute.

— 1 year ago

It was my last night in Tokyo and I spent it with Shota and Taka! It was kind of a childish kind of night but I feel like that’s a good way to end the year. First we met up at Tokyo Dome and went in a haunted house in the little amusement park over there. It was not that scary. Well I mean I screamed and all but when we emerged from it I thought “Oh that wasn’t that bad” so it must have not been. Ha. Then we went rollerskating at a rink also in Tokyo Dome City. I’ve never been in a roller rink before! And I never used those four-wheeled skates before. It was kind of difficult. And my feet really hurt after. But the place was bumpin’ like a club ahaha. Super fun. Then we went to eat yakinukuuuuuuu. Yum. And they treated me to all of this. What. Gentlemen. Don’t find guys like this in the states. Thennnn we went to a game center and as a joke I said that I wanted this big stuffed-animal-pillow from one of the claw machines…. and they were like yoshhhhhh let’s get it. The two of them spent so much time and money on that machine. Even the worker lady started watching us and ended up giving us tips lol. And guess what?? They got it for meeeee. I was so happy. But I don’t have room in my suitcases already….. what to do about that hmmm. Then we took purikura of course. What awesome guys. I love them even though I started hanging out with them less than a month ago haha.

— 1 year ago
Ms. 美人, Shoko Ando

Ms. 美人, Shoko Ando

— 1 year ago
#長崎  #Glover Garden 
Tonight I had dinner with Kei, Takaomi, Hikari, Taka, Shota, and Jason for one of my last nights. Even though it was a random group of people, it turned out to be really fun! After dinner we went to big box and took purikura / played games. But because it was the last time I would see Kei, Takaomi, and Jason, it got a little sad. I didn’t cry this time though, surprisingly. Maybe the past couple of weeks dried me all out? haha.
I received this amazing album from Kei. She worked so hard on it. It may be the best present that I’ve ever received in my life. Most of the important people that I’ve met this past year are in it. I love it. And I love her. I’ll miss her but I’ll probably see her soooooooon.

Tonight I had dinner with Kei, Takaomi, Hikari, Taka, Shota, and Jason for one of my last nights. Even though it was a random group of people, it turned out to be really fun! After dinner we went to big box and took purikura / played games. But because it was the last time I would see Kei, Takaomi, and Jason, it got a little sad. I didn’t cry this time though, surprisingly. Maybe the past couple of weeks dried me all out? haha.

I received this amazing album from Kei. She worked so hard on it. It may be the best present that I’ve ever received in my life. Most of the important people that I’ve met this past year are in it. I love it. And I love her. I’ll miss her but I’ll probably see her soooooooon.

— 1 year ago

Today was my last lessons for Naomi and Mayumi. I will miss them so much. Having eikawa was so natural and fun that it didn’t feel like work at all, especially with Naomi. Also, they gave me presents! From Naomi I got a bunch of face masks and a sweet letter. And from Mayumi I got a cook book (in both Japanese and English) of Japanese foods. It will be very useful next year because I won’t have a meal plan, haha. Also Taku had given me a little present too. Being a teacher of eikaiwa is the best job everrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr.

p.s. I’ll miss you so much Naomi! Thank you so much for everything. Read this for blog for practice even though it’s not that interesting :)

— 1 year ago

熊本らーめん

— 1 year ago
Clock found in the rubble of a house in Kamaishi, Iwate. A little hard to see, but the hands of the clocked stopped at around 2:26, a.k.a. the time of the earthquake.

Clock found in the rubble of a house in Kamaishi, Iwate. A little hard to see, but the hands of the clocked stopped at around 2:26, a.k.a. the time of the earthquake.

— 1 year ago
#時計  #釜石市  #東日本大震災 
Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum

It was intense. The whole time Shoko and I just walked slowly around, reading all the descriptions, staring at all the photos, watching all the videos, saying nothing. There were remnants salvaged from the bomb, testimonies from survivors, history of the war, and pictures. So, so many pictures. It was really really disturbing. Actual bodies. Or what used to be bodies. Just black burned messes that somewhat take the shape of a human. It was really intense. I don’t know how else to explain my reaction. A part of me thinks that some of the things they display shouldn’t be shown to the public, especially because there were many children there. But also I understand that the truth needs to be shown. Also, throughout the entire time I had conflicting emotions going through my brain due to my American nationality but strong association with Japan. Some times I thought “America shouldn’t have used the bomb” and other times I thought “But Japan wasn’t so innocent either.” I know there are very strong arguments against what I thought, but I just don’t want to into it. It’s a very sensitive topic so I will stop. I just wanted to share that going to the atomic bomb museum was a very interesting experience and I recommend that everyone go there too, regardless of nationality. It’s eye-opening for everyone I am sure.

— 1 year ago
佐世保

Today in Sasebo we met up with Nacchan and her mommy and they took us to eat cream puffs and Sasebo burger!! The burger was sooooo yummy. Ah. But this whole trip I’ve been receiving things from so many parents! First Shoko’s papa then Okkun’s mama then Nacchan’s mama! They helped me so much! I am so grateful for their kindnessssss.
Then Shoko and I took a boat around the 99 islands. It was so pretty. Different from islands in Hawaii. Now we are off to Nagasaki city!!!

— 1 year ago
長崎

Today I took the bus to Isahaya to meet up with Okkun. While I’m on the bus there, he lines me to tell me that his mom is also coming!! What!!! He said it was cause he doesnt have a drivers licence and needs her to taxi us. But still. It was weird. But she turned out to be really nice! We went to see a view of the ocean from the top of a mountain. Then we went to a billion places to find something to eat. And we ended up at this nice Japanese restaurant where I ate a yakiniku teishoku and it was SO good! But it was like we were getting married or something. I am just not ready to meet moms. Especially Japanese moms whom I have to use keigo with!

— 1 year ago
Last night I arrived in Fukuoka! Then I met up with Shoko, Nacchan, Yurika, and Nacchan’s little sister. We ate dinner and then went walking but it started to rain so we ran under this covered shopping street. Then, they gave me a cake for my farewell!!!! Ahhhhhh! I was so happy. It said “Thank you, Jessica.” What they are thanking me for, I have no idea, but it meant so much to me. Especially because Yurika bought it and I don’t know her that well. I felt bad. I wish I had gotten to know her better this year. Anyway. They are all so nice. I will miss them. Wahhhh.

Last night I arrived in Fukuoka! Then I met up with Shoko, Nacchan, Yurika, and Nacchan’s little sister. We ate dinner and then went walking but it started to rain so we ran under this covered shopping street. Then, they gave me a cake for my farewell!!!! Ahhhhhh! I was so happy. It said “Thank you, Jessica.” What they are thanking me for, I have no idea, but it meant so much to me. Especially because Yurika bought it and I don’t know her that well. I felt bad. I wish I had gotten to know her better this year. Anyway. They are all so nice. I will miss them. Wahhhh.

— 1 year ago