Saturday, April 17, 2010


Long time no post.
I've been accepted as a master student here, so I've been busy with university.
Will talk about Japanese master course as soon as I get to know about it better.

I just wanted to talk about gaijin in Japan.
Japan is a very popular country right? With now Arashi is pointed as Japanese tourism representative.
Even my lab is filled with mostly gaijin for now.

Today I watched 2 shows focusing on gaijin.
First was the news this morning, which interviewed gaijin and asked their opinions on Japan.
A theatre in Tokyo where ladies play as samurai and men play as ladies is interesting...

The second one was about gaijin's right to participate in Japanese politics.
A Chinese who just got a Japanese residency kept on saying how she's not a Japanese. She's a Chinese that has a Japanese residency permit. And how Japanese passport is so convenient and that's her reason she wants a Japanese residency?

A Taiwanese then replied how she didn't agree. She got a Japanese residency as well. And she's proud to be a Japanese and in case if Taiwan and Japan fight, she'll stay on the Japanese side. And that as a Japanese she also want to make Japan better.

A Thai said she stays in Japan, but her identity stays as a Thai, though she got a Japanese name.
A Korean whose family(?) has been in Japan for a long time but hasn't got a residency yet...

I do want to be able to stay in Japan as long as I can. But I'm not sure whether I can get a Japanese residency someday or not. Japanese passport is convenient, yes, but if getting a residency with just that thoughts is hmmm... wrong. But I'm also not sure if I can say I'd do as much as I can to make Japan better or die for it, as much as I love Japan. Maybe I can? Hm? I remember a lecture the other day how he wanted the students to make Japan as good as it was in the past...

But on the other side, as a Chinese Indonesian, I don't think myself as a Chinese, and yet I'm not that familiar with or love Indonesia even if I'm born and raised there.

I'm not sure what I want to say in the end.
Just a thought.
I do want Japan to be more open to gaijin, but on the other hand I can see (wait, what do I see?) how Japan want to keep itself purely Japanese.

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Autumn Leaves 紅葉

In spring we enjoy pink trees (I have yet to enjoy it yet, though, I will in a few months time). In autumn, we enjoy orange trees. One of the popular destination is Arashiyama (嵐山) in Kyoto. The viewing period around here is mid November to mid December. It was 見頃 (Migoro -- viewing time) when I went there last weekend.


Hankyu transfer train #1.


Transfer train #2. Katsura station. XD


Queueing to get out of the station. =_=;;

Following the people to get to the river. Definitely will not get lost, everyone's heading the same direction.. XD Pretty view, right?


The food stands were so crowded. Didnt feel like sitting in the crowd.


Bought an "Aki Dango" though. ¥100.


The famous Togetsukyo (渡月橋 -- Passing Moon?) bridge at the background. Some of the trees are leaveless though. Is it sakura? The pigeons were flying in groups. So pretty.


Geisha? Or a cosplay? Not sure.


Passing through this small garden to go to Tenryuuji temple. There are restaurants inside. Actually wanted to eat the Tofu there. Kyoto's also famous for the tofu?


Sitting at the balcony of the temple while viewing the pond and the background. So pretty, and I love the tatami feel. I could just sit there all day... ~o~


I like this railing design.


See those orange leaves... *o* So pretty...


Just on the left of the Tenryuuji North gate. You can't miss this. It was stunning... I wish I charged my camera.


Took the train to Nijo-jo station, to transfer to Karasuma Marutamachi station. This is pretty big. The mall behind has a cinema too.


Rainbows! I haven't seen one for a long time. Took several pics of it at different places.
This is taken at the Kyoto Gyoen (京都御苑), a big park surrounding the Kyoto Imperial Palace. Too bad you need to make reservations days before to enter the palace. It's not open everyday, and many people visit, too.


There were patrol cars going around the big park. It's seriously so big and anyone can enter it freely... How can they guard the whole place really...


I saw 2 trees like this. *o* The fallen leaves are pretty...


Well, it gets really dark at night, there are barely lightings. Time to go home. It was so freezing that my hands and feet hurt.


Bought from Kyoto. Shinsengumi chopper. A papercraft of Kyoto cart. Actually I like the "Machiya" better, but it's just square, easy to make by yourself if you want. But this one.. the wheels have detailed holes *o* And a pretty postcard for a friend. I should've posted it from Kyoto, eh... orz

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Friday, November 20, 2009

Japanese Clinic

Is busy with uni stuff and moving and end of year stuff so I haven't been writing.
m(_ _)m

I went to a Japanese Clinic today to get a health check up, required for my master course application. Found one clinic nearby that was less crowded and cheap. The one I found in the city costs ¥40,000 o_o it takes like 3 hours and do i dunno what test. But I only need to get the form filled, only ¥9,000, was lucky to find this clinic... through google. And thankfully, despite being a small clinic, they can fill in the English form.
Really. I can't survive without internet. I'm so thankful they have a website.

The clinic was full of old men. I was worried when I came in that I thought I'd have to wait for all of them. And I already came early, since I want to get it done fast before my class. But apparently I'm the first one to do the test (only one?). That still takes about 1.5 hours. Well, they're not doing health check up only, so I have to wait for people who do injections and stuff.

Those old men was then called upstairs, and when I went upstairs, I saw a room of beds with those people there. I'm not sure what they're getting cured off, blood care for diabetes? Anyway, I was too scared to peek in.

I did urine test, weight, height, a machine with some weird "tentacles" to my body which produced a graph, x-ray, blood test (ouch), blood pressure, doctor check, and eye test. It'll be another 2 weeks before I can get my result. It's still in time for the application. Phew.

The blood pressure was probably free, it's just outside of the counter. The toilet has cups and pens to write down your name, and passing the cups through the window. Same as what I did in Aussie too, but this one was an old building, haha. I'm really not sure what graph was it the tentacles machine produced... it's very weird. I should've asked. x-ray was really fast, hmm.

Eye test! It looked something like this:


@_@ very different to what I knew. It includes hiragana!
And my sight was something like 1.5? 1.2? I have no idea what those numbers mean. They're written beside the lines. I can only read 2 lines from the last line. Does this mean my eyes are going bad? I remember I can usually read till the last one, but it seemed to be bigger than these ones.

Monday, October 26, 2009

rilakkuma mug

collect 20 points (about 10-20 of ¥100 ish bread) and receive the mug for free at lawson X3


it should be a common view here. but it just suddenly popped into my eyes how they're all males, and all crowded up the magazines area. interesting.

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Hanafuda 花札

Something I forgot to mention on my Summer Wars post yesterday.
The game they played throughout the movie, and what was used to beat the Bot at the final stage, was a card game called Hanafuda, with the phrase that often said "Koi Koi". I had no idea such game exist. I knew about Karuta, the hiragana games that's played in new year's...


The Tsundere Boys Karuta version. Or Tsundere moe version. Or Queens Blade version. I played them when I first learned Japanese. Whoah, I wish these cards existed back then XD So interesting!

But! After some googling, turned out that Nintendo, that's apparently been around since 1889! *gasp* produced card games, oh wait, produces! The Hanafuda cards, they still sell it till now! Aaaa... That's why there were no PSP, because even the card game and DSi are all Nintendo XD (Maybe)

That made me want to learn and get this card game. Some rules and online version of the game, though I had no idea and just keep on clicking and losing o_o;;

There's even a Hello Kitty version of Hanafuda (and Disney as well)!


Summer Wars サマーウォーズ


So today I went to watch Summer Wars. It's released on 1st August, though I only watch it after seeing a documentary with Hosoda Mamoru, the director. It's an awesome movie. o_o!!! Here's the first 5 minute of the movie.

Basically the story is about an AI bot went beserk and attacking an online community, OZ, which also ended up messing the communication system in Japan. The main character is a high school boy who (almost) represent Japan in Mathematics Olympic. He won a Janken over his friend and won the part time job offered by his senpai, quite an idol in the campus. The job, was actually to be the senpai's boyfriend! She wanted to introduce him as her boyfriend to the grandma, who'd be having a big 90th birthday party in a village in Ueda. And the problem happened during his stay in the castle-like house...

Some points that caught my attention:
• The amount of tech and gadgets stuff!! The online community and Windows 7 to start, super computer, Japanese cellphones, Nintendo DSi, iPhone (complete with AT&T signal, owned only by Wabisuke-jichan? Not sure if the friend's also own one), a laptop that looks like a Dell.
• Why is it that the stupid action wasn't punished?! The ice, the fight...
• But I suppose without these annoying scenes, it won't be a complete movie?
• I don't understand why the need to damage the completely nice house...
• The family's history went back to Sengoku era, and there were some war talks, which I don't really get, must study on that. So the movie not only includes some high tech stuff, but also the old Japan itself, and very stylishly. I thought it's awesome.
• I thought the nosebleed scenes are so cute. No, it's not perverted.
• Family is important, really. I always like it when my big family gather around in new year's and some other events. Not a family that get along perfectly well, but I do love that we still make time to gather around. I hope it continues.
• Seems like sitting till credit finish will be my habit. They never turn on the light before the credit finishes. I like it anyway, not rushing to go out...

Definitely a must watch anime. I want to rewatch it again! X3


Other than that, Namba Parks, where I watched at, is such a stylish place. Love it. But it'd be very dangerous to visit Namba so often (too much dangerously want-to-get stuff, either otaku goods or zakka goods). Went to Denden town too. Finally got myself an Animate member card. The Bantorra pics is a free brochure from Animate, it has some info on new Anime/goods. Then, by printing out this coupon, you can get the Hello Kitty strap, Animate Tenchou version... XD