Do you ever feel that time is passing too darn fast? I feel like I blinked and January was gone in an instant! Or am I so used to the Japanese working life rhythm that I actually stopped paying attention to time slipping through my fingers? I remember not opening my class schedule until 5 PM for the first few months of my teaching career. Oh the memories of sleeping in until 2 PM… Now? 10 AM to 9:30 PM, an average of 9-10 lessons in a day, waiting for a day off and a longer vacation. I swear, if it wasn’t for the photos that prove January actually happened, I would have thought I just hibernated and slept through it all. Can any other person who’s been living over here in Japan for a while relate to that? Anyway, you know what they say — time goes faster when you enjoy it, so I guess I should take it as a good sign! That being said, here’s a fresh recap of my January adventures!
* Shitamachi Museum in Ueno! There’s a lot of reasons why you should go there, and one of them is the ticket price – ¥300! Another reason is: I really recommend it!
* Japanese style shinnenkai (New Year Party)! Real shitamachi sake bar, Japanese snacks and shochu with gold flakes! I can’t say I’m a big fan of shochu, in fact the taste is way too strong for me, so I had no other choice than to order a chaser and sparkling water to mix it all. The killer look the Japanese customers and the owner gave me for ruining the purity of the drink was priceless.
* Happy day! The boyfriend came to Tokyo for a week, which also meant I had a long vacation! And that also meant a whole lot of January outfits! YAY for my boyfriend visiting!
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* “Please! Pick up poop” aka why I love Japan… You know, in Poland we have a lot of blocks of apartments, and people love keeping small dogs. Nothing special, it’s pretty common in Japan as well (providing that it’s okay to have a pet in your apartment). But living in such area in Poland means also that every day you’ll have to struggle with those little brown landmines of horror left by these barking creatures, because people DO NOT CARE. But here’s Japan. People pick up everything their pets leave on the ground. They would feel ashamed if they left it behind. They also have a special spray to clean up. I love Japan.
* Pokemon lights in Sunshine City in Ikebukuro! 10 year old me would be so happy seeing this….
* Korean food! Because the boyfriend still has special diet requirements, he could only eat Korean food during his stay here. I’m not complaining ♥
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* Double date with Kathryn & her husband! You have to go bowling when you’re in Japan — especially in the evening, when it’s full of slightly intoxicated salarymen. Trust me, you have never seen people this happy about every failed / successful throw.
* On the last day of my boyfriend’s stay in Japan we wanted to treat ourselves to something fancy, but it was too cold to actually go anywhere far away, so we decided to explore my neighbourhood. We found this super-duper cute soba shop and it was super delicious! I shall return there soon.
* I might have mentioned in my December digest post, that shin ramen always finds its way to my shopping cart…. That sneaky little ramen….
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* Tokyo fashion pt. 3
* The most dramatic, cutest, fluffiest cat in the world. I’m super jealous not only about Garyo’s wicked tattooing skills, but also about his cat. I’ll steal him one day.
* Lunch… Don’t judge.
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* Comfort package from my parents! Polish sour rye soup. I cooked 1 litre of this goodness and ate it all straight from the pot. I regret nothing.
* Everybody’s laughing at selfie sticks. I’m not. That’s one high quality selfie I snapped the other day with this cool little thingumabob.
* Japanese people are not religious, trust me. They don’t really name what they believe in (If they do, in fact, believe in anything), and basically it’s just tradition anyway. Yet, these pamphlets keep jamming my post box somehow.
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* What a crazy week that was… Getting my side tattooed at Garyo’s atelier and my inner arm filled with blue ink at my favourite studio LaRuche. All the painful spots.
* I’ve been craving Guiness for ages! I wasn’t exactly an enthusiast of Guiness during my student days, but here — oh sweet mother of the bitter brew! Also, I know a place where you can get a whole PINT for only 750 yen! I shall review it here one day.
* Hobby OFF find, pretty self-explanatory.
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* As someone commented on my Instagram post: Evolution of food! It’s okonomiyaki AND taiyaki. With spicy sauce. Spicy okonomitaiyaki. I’m addicted. Send help.
* Let me make one thing clear — I really didn’t know what I was buying! I needed a book that would help me with my Korean studies, especially vocabulary. When I saw this ‘point and say’ kind of book, I didn’t think much about it and just bought it. When I finally decided to open it up and study some useful vocabulary, I saw that some of the most useful phrases recommended by the author to memorize were… Well, take a look at the photo.
* Donki always delivers! “Reproduce like the baby skin” and my name on it. I should claim copyright or ask for royalties.
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Thanks for reading and expect a whole lot of new posts coming up soon! ♥ Also, thank you so much for over 50,000 views! Seriously though, the fact that someone actually reads my posts means the world to me! Thank you guys!