Kamakura and Enoshima

30 December 2014, Tuesday

Super fun day warning ahead! Highly recommended, too! Definitely make your way out to Kamakura and Enoshima (Enoshima more than Kamakura). You can buy a whole day use of the Enoshima trains for ¥700, so it’s really nice!

In the morning, Ching, George, Juu, Kyuu, Jeongi and I traveled from Musashi-Kosugi, to Ofuna, and lastly, to Kamakura. We quickly walked through the streets nearby, looking at all the food stalls. They had a lot of interesting foods and desserts, like an oshiruko made out of mikan (oshiruko is a thin, red bean soup)! I passed by a dango shop selling off-beat flavors like sakura, matcha, chestnut, and honey-lemon. I really wanted to try the sakura and strawberry flavors, so Ching offered to buy one, while I buy the other. George saw us eating them, so decided to buy matcha for himself.

From front to back: sakura, strawberry, and matcha

From front to back: sakura, strawberry, and matcha

I highly recommend the strawberry flavor! The sakura was so-so (some people say it’s a perfume-y flavor) and the matcha was also just okay. But the strawberry – well, if you love strawberries, you will love this dango.

Look for this shop!

Look for this shop!

The other shop we went into was an ice cream store connected to a store selling candied citrus fruit peels. They also had free samples! Soooo yummy. Juu decided to buy houji tea flavored ice cream. She let us girls try it, but the guys were off-limits xD It had a smokey, strong, dark flavor (if I remember correctly). There were plenty of other, unique flavors like caramel flan, cassis, sweet sake, mitarashi (the sweet soy sauce used on mitarashi dango), and cafe au lait. However, prices were a bit high.

We ended up walking to a temple…that I don’t know the name of.

This is the front of the place

This is the front of the place

Sorry – I don’t plan the trips

>.<

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The temple

There were a lot of other tourists around the area, though. I picked up a kuji from the temple and then we walked around. At the place where ema were hung, there were a lot of ema written in English, Arabic, or other languages.

The grounds of the temple were quite nice – there was a large pond with a cemetery island in the center.

We didn’t stay for long, and soon made our way down another street filled with shops selling souvenirs and food. I saw a place selling a distinctly green pastry called Kamakurayaki – which was essentially a cake filled with red bean paste. Similar to dorayaki, but not made of two thin cakes.

Kamakurayaki and Teddy Bear

Kamakurayaki and Teddy Bear

The shop with the Kamakurayaki

The shop with the Kamakurayaki

It was quite good and cheap, so I would advise buying one as well. I even convinced George to buy a pack for his family as a souvenir. They weren’t green tea flavored like I had expected, though.

We walked through a few other shops, but made our way back to the station to head to other places in the area.

*Some of the stations in Kamakura/Enoshima have stamps in them, so, if you like that sort of thing like me, it’s advisable to bring a small notebook so you can use the stamps. If you want to try out the stamp rally, I believe, at Enoshima, you can get a stamp rally map if you ask a station attendant.

Our next stop was to the Great Buddha, another popular tourist destination. On the way, there were a ton of shops selling Great Buddha souvenirs and food items. What really caught my eye, though, was a shop selling Turkish ice cream. I read an article that the ice cream is distinct in texture and is famous for the amount of stretch it has, so I really wanted to try it. However, we had to go to our destination first. There was a small entrance fee to get into the temple housing the great statue (¥200) and a fee to go inside the Buddha (¥50 or so). Just be aware that you can go inside the Buddha, especially if you’re intending only to go once. A friend’s friend didn’t know about that. The entrance is right behind the statue.

The Great Buddha

The Great Buddha

The inside really wasn’t much though. There was a sign to read inside, and the space was pretty small. The stairs, especially, were narrow and hard to see. The grounds behind, however, were much nicer. They also sold ice cream and souvenir foods at a shop outside.

On the way back to the station, I got my Turkish ice cream – fig and vanilla flavor!

Tiny, but yummy

Tiny, but yummy

I would advise just getting the vanilla flavor. Fig is exotic (to me), but it didn’t taste as good as I expected it to. But, I’m not a fan of Fig Newtons either, so…

We tried to find a good place to stop for a shirasu don (a bowl of rice topped with shirasu, which are a tiny, translucent white fish that are eaten whole), which is famous in Kamakura/Enoshima, but everywhere was really expensive. We decided to hold back until Enoshima.

Our next stop was to Gokurakuji Station – literally, just the station. Kyuu and Ching were fans of a drama that was shot there called Saigo kara Nibanme no Koi and wanted to see the place. There was even a signed piece of paper by the cast of the drama on display at the front of the station. The building itself was quite interesting – there was no IC card reader or ticketing booth available for use. It was tiny and manned.

The station

The station

*Just me rambling, but if you’re a fan of trains, Enoshima’s are probably the best. There’s a ton of varieties and colors, and a lot of them are old and still have wooden floors.

Train and conductor

Train and conductor

We were probably there for 15 minutes before we headed to our next destination: the beach! ….or so I thought. It was the beach, but we went to Kamakura Koukou Mae Station just to see the place where the Slam Dunk anime was set in. The scenery was beautiful and it was actually quite fun trying to recreate the scene. However, cars pass by the train crossing all the time, so it was really difficult. We managed to do something similar, however, it wasn’t perfect. We probably embarrassed ourselves and caused havoc for the cars haha.

Trying to recreate the scene

Trying to recreate the scene

The actual Slam Dunk scene

The actual Slam Dunk scene

And then we finally made our way over to Enoshima. You have to walk there, but we made it to the closest station and stopped by a Lawson to buy lunch on the way. There were tons of advertisements for shirasu don and shirasu-filled dishes (like shirasu pizza!) there. There was even a small building with train memorabilia.

The bridge to Enoshima was really chilly. It is by the sea, so it can’t be helped, but be prepared for strong breezes.

Crossing the bridge to Enoshima

Crossing the bridge to Enoshima

Once we arrived on the island, there was really just one, thin road up to the shrine. All around were shops and restaurants and even a stall selling shirasu (and even wasabi) ice cream! I was thinking I’d try it, but I never did. Which might be for the best.

I also got lost in the crowd a few times. The street up to the shrine was really crowded, and if you don’t keep track of your companions, they’ll up and leave you behind and head to the shrine themselves.

Enoshima is also a popular couple destination. There’s a bell on the island that couples are supposed to ring together (you’ll stay together forever, or some other superstition if you do) and there are fantastic views. The shrines seem to be famous for love, too, since I saw some heart shaped ema requesting you write names of the boyfriend/girlfriend and your own name.

You pass through the loop to get to the area where you pray

You pass through the loop to get to the area where you pray

There are also tons. of. steps. The place has so many stairs, and, like a the smart business it is, there are escalators you can use at some points on the island – however, you have to pay to use them.

Well, at least you can get a ton of exercise. But, trust me, you will get super tired.

Something else I found interesting about the island was that they have specific areas with stands specifically for taking selfies. It’s convenient but also really funny.

There are more than one shrine on the island and we passed by them, but made our way to the caves. Unfortunately, we couldn’t go inside, since it was about to be high-tide, so we instead, watched the sunset from the shore/rocks. It was a really pretty sight and there were a ton of cameramen about, probably swarming there to get the perfect shot. Wish I did that.

Enoshima has amazing views

Enoshima has amazing views

It was really relaxing and beautiful.

At night, the Sea Candle is lit up. I was thinking of going there, since I saw an ad for it at the station, but I didn’t feel like climbing more stairs, so we quit and went up and down a ton of stairs to get back to the entrance to look for a place to eat dinner.

Enoshima's Sea Candle

Enoshima’s Sea Candle

There was a garden near Enoshima Shrine that was filled with lights. Even after dark, Enoshima is gorgeous.

We found a cheap shirasu don shop near the middle of the narrow street back down to the bridge we took to enter Enoshima. The amount of food you get for the price was really good. Sadly, the wait was super long. The restaurant was called Tobiccho.

Shirasudon bigger than my head for ¥850

Shirasudon bigger than my head for ¥850

But still, highly recommended! Fresh shirasu is really good. Unlike when I had shirasu sushi at Hamazushi, the fish didn’t have a strong, sea taste. It was refreshing, and there was only slight fish taste. It might be uncomfortable to some to eat tiny fish that can still stare at you, but I advise you to try it at least once. If you’re fish shy, though, they have shirasu tamagyaki, which hides the fish pretty well in layers of egg. They even had shirasu beer and ice cream!

Just be sure not to buy the bowl that has a huge fried something on it (it’s fried veggies, maybe) – it’s way too much and way too greasy, my friends who all got it were tired of it after half the bowl. I had to finish it off for them (but even that is ill-advised, since I had a severe stomachache after the huge amount of food I consumed). So, sadly, my day ended on a bad note of indigestion lol.

 

But, overall, the trip was absolutely wonderful. I kind of wish I spent a whole day just at Enoshima, though. It would’ve been nice to do all the activities there. But definitely go for the views and food! A+++

 

 

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Jump Festa

20 December 2014, Saturday

Oh dang, I messed up the order!!! Well, no matter.

Jump Festa is another one of those manga-esque, game-centered events at Makuhari Messe in Chiba. After lunch at Keio, Chou and I took the trains to Makuhari and went inside. The event was totally free of charge, but it costs like ¥1000 to get there. The place wasn’t as packed as say, Comiket or Tokyo Game Show, but people still showed up. There was a Pokemon booth with a free Linoone for people with Pokemon ORAS, and I was surprised to find out that Yu-Gi-Oh is still quite popular. There were a bunch of “duelists” there playing the card game. Oh, 5th grade memories.

There were a lot of picture opportunities, too – booths with characters set up. I decided to go for the One Piece one.

Greeted by this Jump Festa Poster

Greeted by this Jump Festa Poster

There were a ton of floats with well-known characters like Naruto, Luffy, Kuro-sensei (Assassination’s Classroom), Kuroko, Ryoma Echizen, etc.

Duelists

Duelists

There were also Tokyo Ghoul booths. The Pokemon booth actually had a part for gamers to have battles.

I spent quite a bit of time watching the Super Smash Bros on Wii U tournament. Wish I owned a Wii U. And Smash Bros. I’d love to try out playing as Avatar…

Super Smash Bros

Super Smash Bros

I also played a the demo for the new Phoenix Wright game with Wright’s ancestor as the main and Sherlock Holmes. But since my kanji skill sucks, I was literally the only person who could not finish the demo and was left behind in the booth for the whole 15 minutes while everyone else passed me by. It was so embarrassing and the staff member even tried to give me hints.

I also played the new Dragon Quest Theatrhythm game, which was actually quite fun. But I played it for the lovely free postcard set I got with it! (I asked the staff member if we get the whole set and they said yes, so I said “じゃ、やる!笑”)

Well, for the Jump Festa, I recommend only going if you really like Shonen Jump. Neither Chou nor I were fans, so it wasn’t exactly the exciting experience I was expecting.

 

For dinner, all-you-can-eat pizza, at a place called Grazie by Motosumiyoshi dorm (right across the street). It was totally worth it. Staff go around asking if you want a slice of the newest pizza that’s come out of the kitchen, and you get an entree and appetizer for free. And that appetizer is HUMONGOUS. You eat way more than you can handle. The friend I went with, Tammy, went on an empty stomach and couldn’t even eat that much.

Lobster Pasta

Lobster Pasta

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Shirasu, mozarella, etc pizza

 

 

Comiket Days 1 & 2

28 December 2014, Sunday

COMIKET! Something I’ve been looking forward to whenever I found out about it. I don’t even know when. But it was like after I came to Japan lol. I was actually informed that it’s not a super pleasant experience, considering it usually gets so crowded you cannot even make a phone call to your friends. If you get lost, it’s game over.

And it was indeed crowded. I’m not deeply embedded into doujinshi culture (I mean, I know they exist, but I don’t know any) so I didn’t really enjoy myself to the fullest. But the experience was interesting. There are a lot of fujoshi out there…

It was the first time I ever had McD for breakfast, too. They were the only food place opened early in the morning (we probably left at like 5 or 6 am…). The doors opened at 10am, but we came two hours ahead of time and already had to wait in an extensive line. Ching, Sunny, and I weren’t even waiting in line for the more popular hall (where all the main series were), yet we probably had to wait like three blocks away from Tokyo Big Sight. It was ridiculously packed. To waste time, I decided to skype people from home (it was the first time I’d be able to during the day time, since I never wake up early enough to skype with the 13 hour time difference).

People behind me in line. The line goes for a long, long way.

People behind me in line. The line goes for a long, long way.

It was a good waste of time, and quite a fun experience. It’s surprising that it can be fun when you’re waiting in such a long line (and Japanese do it all the time. I think I’m starting to take on the mindset of “oh my god, there’s a line in front of this shop – it must be popular! LET’S JOIN.”).

The walk there was long even after we started moving. We had to cross street and go up stairs. And enter the hall and find where we’re supposed to be going. I didn’t really have any place in mind, but Ching knew what to buy. She did her research (unlike me). So we wound up in the BL section, which…I’m not a fan of, but it was interesting, I guess…

Sunny went to the official goods section, where all the guys were.

Looking at so many people filing up stairs is a really funny sight

Looking at so many people filing up stairs is a really funny sight

Later, I ended up just walking around and I found a few things that interested me. In the East Hall (we started off in the West), there were a ton of Pokemon doujinshi. And I really like the Touko x N pairing, so yep, needed me some goodies. There were also Digimon pairings (….none of Kari and TK, which made me quite disappointed), Johnny’s idols, Naruto, etc. The stars of the day were probably Haikyu and Free! Saw a couple fo Eva Kaworu and Shinji fics, too. I also found a novel for Gaius x F!Avatar (of Fire Emblem: Avakening fame), so I bought the one with the pretty cover. If I will ever read it remains to be a mystery, since too much Japanese and no pictures frustrates me, since I don’t have the patience to read that much kanji.

Besides comics, they also have handmade goodies

Besides comics, they also have handmade goodies

 

29 December 2014, Monday

Since the next day had otome games, Persona, and Zelda (really, just all games), I had to go. Ching also wanted to buy Phoenix Wright merchandise, so we went together. We left at approximately the same time, and waited for the East Hall this time. Unfortunately, this day was extremely cold and rainy and HORRIBLE.

Horrible, rainy day

Horrible, rainy day

It was a really bad day to be waiting in line for two hours outside with electronics. But I decided to skype a friend again, so I managed to waste maybe…an hour. The rest was spent shivering and not being able to feel my toes. It was miserable, and they didn’t even open their doors for us until 10:30….

Devil Survivor

Devil Survivor

But inside was sweet relief. Ching made her purchases (Phoenix x Edgeworth), and to my surprise, she had to leave right after, so it was up to me to spend time alone there. Which wasn’t bad per say. I got to go to all the booths I wanted. I spent a lot that day! Sadly, I couldn’t really find any Persona doujins I liked (just one that I found before on pixiv, which, by the way, leads to an advice point)

If you attend Comiket, which you should just for the experience:

  • Use pixiv first to find doujin you’d like to buy (just search what series you’d like and click the pictures you’re interested in – usually they will list a date they will be showing at Comiket or some other market)
  • If its raining, bring a plastic poncho
  • Be prepared to wait. A long time. And for crowds. At the station, people will push you out of the way.
  • Also, bring your own bag to put your purchases in. Make sure it’s rather large. They don’t provide you with bags unless you go to specific booths, and then they only give you one if you purchase specific sets.

    Amnesia's Ukyou

    Amnesia’s Ukyou

Well, I don’t think the stuff I wanted was very popular. I looked through the Legend of Mana stuff (there wasn’t much, and the art wasn’t my favorite), Final Fantasy (Lightning x Hope), Smash Bros, Persona (LOTS of Yu x Yosuke, though I was hoping for more Shinji x FeMU), Summon Night (by accident), and otome game stuff. I ended up not buying anything otome game related, since they had no Clock Zero! I was super disappointed! They had way too much UtaPri, which I really don’t like…There was a bunch of Hakuoki, too, but I’m tired of it already.

La Corda d'Oro Doujin

La Corda d’Oro Doujin

What I did end up buying, though, was a lot of Fire Emblem. I bought a whole manga for ¥2000, which is super expensive!! But the art was absolutely lovely, and I really liked the emotions in the book. The unfortunate thing is that I accidentally bent a corner of the lovely cover! I regret that so much.

Other point of interest:

Comiket is in Odaiba, which is already maybe an hour+ away from Hiyoshi, where I live. Odaiba is a gorgeous place, but if you’re going to Comiket, you won’t get much time to explore there, since you’ll be pretty tired out for the rest of the day. I still need to go back and explore.

I did take a few pictures of cosplayers, but I was too embarrassed to ask to take pictures by myself (Also most of the picture-takers are guys).

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Crwods

The third day of Comiket was geared more towards guys, and I didn’t have much I wanted there. They showed off software and more game stuff. The only thing I was interested in was Fate/Stay Night, and specifically Fate/Extra (Gilgamesh or Archer x FeMU), so I had a friend who was going anyway buy one of the doujin for me xD

 

Oh second thought, dang, I might’ve bought some La Corda d’Oro doujin if I watched the anime before going…

I only asked these cosplayers for their picture, since I know the characters from Marginal

I only asked these cosplayers for their picture, since I know the characters from Marginal

My many purchases from Comiket

My many purchases from Comiket

 

Motomachi Chuukagai All-You-Can-Eat and Akiba

26 December 2014, Friday

Last Camera Club

That was literally it. It was the last camera club meeting. And we spent it at Motomachi Chuukagai eating all-you-can-eat and it was delicious. My favorite thing was the egg, but I have no idea what they call it here.

Not very pretty but hella delicious. A bit greasy, though, but, hey it's Chinese food.

Not very pretty but hella delicious. A bit greasy, though, but, hey it’s Chinese food.

The list on the all-you-can-eat course was pretty extensive, but being the shy person I am, I barely ordered anything. I probably want to go again with a group I’m more comfortable to pig out with (lol). I definitely wanted to order more than two desserts. The only problem with the place is that they charge you for anything you cannot finish.

Fried Shrimpy Goodness

Fried Shrimpy Goodness

The table was also segregated with girls on one side and boys on the other. I’m pretty sure the boys ate the most and the girls held back their appetites.

Beautiful, beautiful desserts: annin dofu (almond jelly) and orange jelly

Beautiful, beautiful desserts: annin dofu (almond jelly) and orange jelly

Oh, but if you go (the place is called Suiryu, website: http://www.suiryu.com), I don’t recommend buying the diamond shaped mochi dessert they have. It’s really plain and not very sweet.

 

 

 

27 December 2014, Saturday

Went to Akihabara. Can’t say much about it, but I just highly recommend going to Mandarake if you want figurines. It’s second hand, but I got a rather good quality (I cannot judge, since I usually don’t buy figurines) N figurine for ¥1000. LOVE HIM. Sofmap is also a good place for second hand games. They had a lot of PSP games on sale for ¥500 and less. I almost, almost bought Digimon Re:Digitize there and a couple of otome games, but I decided not to….

On the plus side, they both take credit card!

Goodies from Akiba. I won Sakura in a crane game and bought Dot Kareshi - which, to my happy surprise, has been translated to English, so I can enjoy the game to my heart's content. Also, in the back is the N figure, THE LOVE OF MY LIFE.  jk. I'm just a fangirl.

Goodies from Akiba. I won Sakura in a crane game and bought Dot Kareshi – which, to my happy surprise, has been translated to English, so I can enjoy the game to my heart’s content. Also, in the back is the N figure, THE LOVE OF MY LIFE.
jk. I’m just a fangirl.

 

BIGBANG Concert on Christmas Day

25 December 2014, Thursday

Right after the last day of Case Analysis Class, Akane (another exchange student, who’s from Australia) and I headed out to Tokyo Dome for the BIGBANG Concert! It was the first concert in December in Tokyo, and my first official concert. To be honest, I was rather nonchalant about it. I love BIGBANG, but I was way past my BIGBANG phase back in high school. So I’m, a fan, but not really a fan. I heard, however, from a friend, that their concert is always sold out and it’s difficult to get tickets for their show. But they seem to be at Tokyo Dome every year, since Erika went last year.

Tokyo Dome! Really cool. Actually, Tokyo Dome City looks like a cool place to hang out...

Tokyo Dome! Really cool. Actually, Tokyo Dome City looks like a cool place to hang out…

As soon as we got there, we entered the long line to buy goods. We were intent on getting light sticks, but oh my dear, they are expensive pieces of plastic. They’re fun to have, but you literally will never use them again. Yet we bought them.

Some of the goods

Some of the goods

Akane and I ended up purchasing krunk x BIGBANG keychains, a light stick, and a light ring. We both got TOP keyrings, but I received the colored one, while hers was silver. Light rings were also given at random, and I got the regular red one.

Krunk x TOP

Krunk x TOP

The concert, of course, was incredible. BIGBANG has a lot of personality, and there was a Q&A session with the fan club in the front. It was funny how they reacted to how fans rated them (G Dragon being super popular, Seungri being liked for being pitiful). Taeyang was made to say I love you to one of the audience members who requested it.

It was weird to hear their songs in Japanese, though – the only ones I could really get into, as a result, were Koe wo Kikasete and Gara Gara Go. I like the original Korean versions of the songs….which they did sing some of. And I’m still a fan of the originals: Haru Haru and Lies. The remix part with all their singles one after the other was really nice, and when they launched goodies at the fans….I really wish I got one, dangit.

In any case, concerts are really all about the experience. Just found that out. The sea of lights from all the fans’ light sticks was really beautiful! It was also fun to wave them around to the music and see everyone else doing the same. I guess it’s like a unified sort of feeling – it’s hard to describe.

Sea of lights

Sea of lights

Actually, I always thought concerts lasted well into the night, but this one ended around 8pm (if I remember correctly), so after that whole experience, it felt weird going home to do nothing.

But 10/10 would attend again. Well, maybe not another huge concert like this (it was super expensive!), but another concert, definitely. Then maybe I’ll discreetly use my BIGBANG light stick again just to get some use out of it.

 

…Annnndddd that was how I spent my Christmas.

Kawagoe Part 2

23 December 2014, Tuesday

So I had a personal reason to go to Kawagoe, which was to buy a certain protection charm for a friend, but I was also looking forward to going back anyways. Ching and I went early in the morning (it takes a while to get there – Kawagoe is actually in another prefecture) and walked around taking pictures. We got there maybe around lunch time, so we decided to go through the streets, looking for a place to eat. Now, I’m a super picky person – I like cheap and good, but I also never know what I want to eat unless I look through all the options. However, we eventually got too tired to look anymore, so we settled on a tofu place. That might seem unusual, but Ching and I are both tofu fans, so it really wasn’t a problem. The price was rather high, but, actually, it was quite a nice and filling meal.

Three kinds of tofu, pickles, soy milk, and miso

Three kinds of tofu, pickles, soy milk, and miso

I got the more expensive set, since I wanted to try all the different kinds of tofu (I only remember that the middle one has black sesame in it). The miso had a lot of ingredients and even more tofu, so it was absolutely delicious. The soy milk, however, was thick and plain, so it wasn’t to my taste. It was literally like drinking tofu. I thought it’d be sweetened. The “pickle” was actually fried tofu with a sauce on it. Tofu, admittedly, has a very light flavor, which is something that not everyone is fond of. I usually like strong, concentrated flavors, but I don’t mind tofu so much. And it’s always nice to know you’re at least eating healthily.

After finishing our lunch, we continued to walk around, and went to Hikawa Shrine again. Hikawa is known for fated marriages and I intended to buy a love charm for success in confessing. I actually had to ask the shrine maidens which one was effective for that, so it was a bit embarrassing.

I also got to visit a sweets street (which is recommended on this map you can get at Kawagoe Station) and buy a purple sweet potato manju – which was super yummy! I hate sweet potatoes, but I could eat this again.

Purple Sweet Potato Manju

Purple Sweet Potato Manju

We bought a couple of other sweets, visited the animate for a second (way too small) and then went to Shibuya. Ching had something else to attend to, so I hung out on my own in Parco. From rocketnews24 (a Japanese news site I frequent), I found out about an ice cream melon pan shop, so I went there and had one. It’s a bit expensive at ¥400 per, but they really put a literal block of vanilla ice in that melon pan, so I’d say it’s worth it. It’s really a delicious combinations – the soft, warm, fluffiness of the melon pan combined with cold, creamy ice cream….just thinking about it makes me drool. I could use another one…

Melon Pan Ice Cream

Melon Pan Ice Cream

The shop is called The Second Best Freshly Baked Melon Pan Ice in the World (世界で2番めにおいしい焼きたてメロンパンアイス), and it’s only a five minute walk away from Parco (so maybe 15, 20 minutes from Hachiko), and I highly recommend going!

Lateness

Just a short entry.

Sorry for being so extremely late at posting all the time! Lately, time has been pretty fleeting, and I’ve been trying to use most of it on enjoying my time while abroad. I totally understand how difficult it is to keep up with a blog now! I keep a journal regularly as well, so writing a blog make it seem like I have to write a journal twice a day! Instead of posting every day (especially since it’s been two months), I’ll try to condense things and skip more “insignificant” events, since I’m sure no one’es really that interested in the small details of my life. I’ll be posting more on the travels and recommendations (places to eat and go), which will hopefully be a lot more helpful than saying who I met on what day. I did, after all, start this blog to help students who are going to study abroad at Keio in the future.

Anyways, I’m sure there will still be a ton of infrequency on my part (I’ll be traveling more soon, since it’s spring break), but I’m going to do my best to try and finish up the entries for the two months I haven’t posted anything about!