JAPAN FINALLY! demo…nihongo wa dekimasen!

Japan finally! I can’t believe this.

Me and Lotta Watia arrived on Wednesday morning to Osaka Kansai airport and spend couple of hours in Osaka. After that we took a ferry to Fukuoka since there was no direct flight from Helsinki.
We left Helsinki 3rd of January and arrived to our dorm (Internationa house) around 8am 5th of January. It was a long trip but defnitely worth it. There was no problems at all which was quite a surprise. BUT when entering the border…surprise…my visa had a small problem. My sex was marked as “Male”. DO I LOOK LIKE MALE TO YOU? :D But nevertheless was able to enter Japan.

There were 2 students from Seinan Gakuin University to pick us up from Hakata station.
First day we were introduced with our room which is awesome! The whole dorm is great and the locations is superb.

During this past week we’ve been able to experience a lot. It’s hard to explain all in details.
We have wandered in the city, visited Tenjin which is a big shopping district, tried traditional Japanese Izakaya and visited Ohori Park, Japanese garden and famous Fukuoka Castle Ruins.
Tomorrow will be the first day of school! ^^

One thing I’ve realized is that although been studying Japanese for 1½ years I CAN’T speak Japanese. It takes a lot of courage for me to try…I do understand some but speaking is still quite troublesome.
We also had a Japanese placement test in which I was put into Pre-Intermediate level. I hope I can learn a lot though!

People are extremely nice and polite…They will always do whatever needed to help you! :) And food is awesome.

I’ll try to post more often because no one wants to read this long posts, ne? :D

Oh yeah, and boy do Japanese like their application forms! At least in our school you need to fill application form for everything! You should see my pile of papers!

またね!

 

 

 

6 Comments

Kostas
Posted 2.2.2012 at 19:54

Hello,

I have a small question regarding your stay in Seinan gakuin. I was wondering how the international students are placed there as in, do you have a specific dormitory with only international students, and have a special building where international students have their lectures? I am asking this because it seems to be the case with certain other universities and it will diffidently help me decide whether I should pick fukuoka for my exchange in the beginning of 2013.

I hope you are enjoying your time there and I’m looking forward to your reply,

-Kostas Piludis
Amsterdam – The Netherlands.

Laura Ikonen
Posted 3.2.2012 at 12:05

Hey!
In Seinan Gakuin we have couple of options for living. I myself live in International House where mainly international students are living. Except every floor has at least one Japanese advisor living anf helping us if needed. I-house is Seinan’s own building. It’s also possible to live in other dormy which has students and Japanese people living together. Home-stay is also a possibility.
If you’re thinking of coming to Seinan, I recommend I-house! You’ll meet a lot of international students but Japanese students as well :)
When it comes to classes, we usually have classes in the same floor and same classroom. But in same floor there are Japanese student’s classes as well.
So far I’ve been very happy with school and living here in Fukuoka! City is great. It’s not big as Tokyo or Osaka but still a huge city with a lot of to offer.
I seriously recommend this place! You won’t regret it :)
Hope my answer gave you some percpect!
And If there’s anything else you want to ask, I’ll gladly answer.

– Laura Ikonen

Kostas
Posted 3.2.2012 at 22:21

It definitely sounds nice :P, I have read up on the city for a bit and it does indeed sound nice. At this moment I’m kind of torn between picking either Kansai gakuin (Osaka) or Seinan. I kind of like the Kansai university since it is close to Osaka as well as Kyoto and Nara so right in the Cultural centre(Both places that I really want to visit). They also seem to have a lot of field trips while there (Kansai). Therefore I was wondering if Seinan has any field trips on their schedule as well. From what I can tell from their website they only have one field trip planned in the september-January semester but I will be there during the feb-may semester and on their website there are no trips scheduled then. (Of course I can always go myself if I can find the time but it would still be nice to know :P)

Thanks for taking your time to answer my questions ;)

-Kostas Piludis

Kostas
Posted 4.2.2012 at 16:22

Oh and also, do you have Japanese class every day? or only a few times per week? :P

Kostas
Posted 10.2.2012 at 1:31

And lastly, is it noticeable that it is a Christian university? or not so much?

I hope I don’t bother you by asking so many questions I just want to make the best decision :D

Laura Ikonen
Posted 10.2.2012 at 15:37

Sorry it took some time to answer! I was in Korea for couple of days.
We don’t really have that much field trips, unless you choose “natural world of Japan” course which includes many many field trips!
We have Japanese classes almost every day. I’m studying all the other days except Tuesday. Normally 1 japanese class is 1½ hours but 2 times week we have 2 japanese classes in a row meaning 3 hours of Japanese/day. Classes are divided into Grammar/Oral and Written classes. Honestly I’ve learned already so much during this 1 month! :) And about the Christianity…Not noticable at all! It’s like a normal university :D Of course there’s possibility to engage yourself in Christian activities in the campus.
And about the field trips still…from Fukuoka to Busan (South Korea) it takes 3 hours by ferry. So in case you wanna see other countries close to Japan while being in Japan, Fukuoka is a great place because it’s a coastal city :)

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