素晴らしきかな、この世界

It’s been almost 2 of months since I last did an entry. I’ve been quite busy during these 2 months. Finally live is “normalized” here. Living here in Japan feels ALMOST normal now! We’ve been studying hard during these two months. Especially studying Japanese has been quite demanding but my skills have been improved a lot! (thanks to our amazing Japanese teachers). Sometimes we even have classes during Saturdays due to cancellations of normal classes. This really differs from studying in Finland.

At the moment it’s spring vacation for Japanese students (which is more than 1 month). Japanese semester ends in March and begins in April which means that our school is going to have new students in the beginning of the April. At the moment the campus is quite empty…just us international students and some hardworking students. Yaay! this means that it’s e.g possible to have a lunch while sitting 😀 Normally campus and cafeterias are really packed.

I’m very surprised I haven’t experienced a cultural shock yet. Maybe it’s because I had some knowledge of the language and culture before coming here. And as well people are so nice and I have some Finnish friends here as well. Of course I get homesick sometimes. And today it’s the day I’ve been here exactly half of the time I’m supposed spend in Japan. Feels pretty unbelievable! Time is literally running out.

We had a “spring break” during the beginning of the February. Me, Lotta and some other exchange students travelled to Busan, South Korea for 5 days. It took about 3 hours by the ferry and it was such a great trip. It really made me realize how much I actually understand Japanese culture and living, since in Korea I felt totally lost. I couldn’t understand language and after being used to Japanese manners I could say I experienced some kind of culture shock there.

During the weekends  we’ve been trying Japanese food, singing Karaoke, visiting Izakayas, parks and even did some ice-skating and bowling. It’s been such an experience! And one thing I can’t wait is Hanami (“flower viewing”) meaning going to a park for a picnic when cherry trees are in their full blossom. Spring is here! It’s about +15*c here now in Fukuoka 🙂

 

 

Busan

 

 

 

 

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Aikaa on tosiaan hieman vierähtänyt viime kerrasta! On ollut aikamoinen kiire tässä parin kuukauden aikana. Etenkin Japanintunnit on aiheuttanut paljon töitä ja monesti viikot menee kirjaimellisesti testeihin lukemiseen. Kivaa on silti ollut 🙂  Tällä hetkellä meidän kampus on melko tyhjillään kun japanilaiset on lomilla. No eipä haittaa, kun mm. pääsee syömään koulun ruokalaan ilman kauheaa jonottamista. Tänään on se päivä kun mun matka on puolessa välissä. Käsittämätöntä miten aika on kulunut nopeasti. Parikuukautta on tullut oltua nyt Fukuokassa. Vielä ei ole kulttuurishokkia tullut, mikä on sinäänsä ihme. Ehkäpä se on auttanut että mulla on ollut jotain tietoa kulttuurista ennen tänne tuloa ja vähän kielitaitoa. Ja mm. Lotta on ollut niin paljon apuna että ei voi tarpeeksi kiittää! 🙂 Kaikkea kivaa on tullut tehtyä. Lomalla käytiin Busanissa, Etelä-Koreassa vaihtariporukan kanssa. Lisäksi mm. Karaokessa (ollaan vakkariasiakkaita nyt!), keilaamassa, luistelemassa ollaan käyty. Japanilaista ruokaa on testailtu paljon ja nyt odotellaan Hanamin aikaa, mikä tarkoittaa että päästään puistoon piknikille katselemaan kirsikankukkia. Kirsikankukkien aikaan kaikki Japanilaiset kerääntyy puistoihin. Fukuokassa on nyt kevät! Joka päivä on melkein +15 astetta lämmintä. Jee 🙂