The sharp eyed reader may have realized that the “immersion” I’ve been talking about does not seem to just involve holing up in my room and reading Japanese, listening Japanese and eating Japanese food. Or did anyone really thought that? 😛 Okay, I do that kind of immersion too but hehe I’ was actually in Japan for a few days!
JAPAN. Like JAPAN. hahaha. My first ever trip to the country and unlike Korea, Japan is a country that I’m totally not familiar with despite learning the language for quite some time. My interest in Japan was solely in its language and it was only when I started reading Cheesie that I started having an interest in the country. She’s one of my favorite bloggers and I find her love for Japan and all things Japanese really mirrors how I feel about Korea. I totally understand how she can adore a country so much.
JAPAN. 😀 hehe loads to talk about my trip there, things I saw, how I felt about speaking Japanese for the first time and of course all the sightseeing pictures. So much things to talk about that I don’t even know where to begin.
Spent time in Osaka, Kyoto and Kobe and it was awesome. Was there with the bff (aka the “plus one” in certain posts) and in hindsight, our legs were really powerful to endure all the walking we did. Walked the whole of Kyoto (all that was on the map we had) and we did not take the subway, not even once. Can’t believe we just point at the map and go “okay let’s go here, then go to this place on the other side of the map, and then move down to this place at the bottom of the map” and just did it. o.O
More on Japan next post!
JLPT is in less than a week and I’m horribly underprepared. I’m very busy these days also, so taking time out to study is almost impossible. In case you wondered, Japan did nothing to improve my Japanese. Okay, it did for the first 2 days. I really tried my best to speak in Japanese. But after that it became quite clear that I look totally foreign and for some strange reason every time I say something simple in Japanese, the person will try to reply in English. -___- And it’s even funnier as everyone likes to ignore me and turn to my friend instead. She looks a lot more Japanese than me but the funny part is that she doesn’t speak Japanese at all hahaha. Another thing that I realized is that foreigners speaking good Japanese is so common that not being able to speak Japanese is less of a norm than expected. So different from Korea. ><