Monthly Archives: May 2011

The Wrong Kind of Grey and Developments in the World’s Oat Stocks: Monday 30th June

In today’s lessons we learnt all about colours and the ever-changing face of Gender stereotypes in Japan. Of course, because our textbook is mental, there were a number of interesting, not to mention completely alien, viewpoints used to demonstrate the … Continue reading

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Life as an Eternal Student and Mushroom Boy: Sunday 29th May

If my neighbours had been listening very carefully this morning, then they would have heard a heavy sigh coming from my room, as it was raining again. I considered going for a run, and then I remembered yesterday’s trauma and … Continue reading

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My Bête Noire and Drowning in a Sea of Relative Clauses: Saturday 28th May

I awoke this morning to dreary weather that insisted on remaining throughout the day. However, I decided to head out for a run about midday, determined not to be beaten by the rain, which had now subsided to a medium … Continue reading

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A Crocodile’s Dinner and Michelin Relief: Friday 27th May

Today’s schooling was replaced with an educational trip to Ueno zoo, where we queued to see the giant pandas, tutted at the incredibly tiny elephant enclosure, and were overwhelmed by the amount of school children and their regimented behaviour.  Of … Continue reading

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Irritating Students and Posing like a Drunken Monkey: Thursday 26th May

Today in school we had the ‘privilege’ of a large written test. As expected there were vocab, grammar and kanji recognition elements to it. As not expected there were quite a lot of kanji that we hadn’t been taught, but … Continue reading

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Life As a Grammatical Puppet and Another Visit from Jehovah: Wednesday 25th May

Today in class we were discussing the notion of how the attachment of physical objects to one’s body is different to the ‘attachment of ideas’. In order to demonstrate this ideology, my Taiwanese neighbour took it upon herself to point … Continue reading

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A Little Strange and the World’s Most Complicated Cup of Coffee: Tuesday 24th May

Recently the phrase that I have been hearing more than any other is: ‘chotto hen’ (a little strange). This is mainly because the teacher finds my grammatical constructs to be very odd; but its usage towards me is by no … Continue reading

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