Planning my Trip to Japan

Planning my trip to Japan: Learning Japanese

In September, I’m going to Japan for six nights. Part of planning my trip to Japan is learning some basic Japanese beforehand. I have no real language knowledges regarding Japanese, but I really want to travel there knowing some of the language. Hence, I’m putting my language learning skates on to learn some Japanese.

The only words I really remember without looking them up are:

oishi (delicious (I think)), konichiwa (Hello/ Good Day), sumimasen (Sorry/Excuse me), namabiru (draft beer), ocha (tea)

And that is pretty much it, whoops. I’m not even sure on the latin spellings without double-checking. (I double checked all of them, and I’m still not sure on the translation of delicious). 

I look forward to learning Japanese, hoping I can understand at least a little in Japan. But I am very scared of not being able to understand anything, not being able to communicate with others or understanding a menu at a restaurant.

Luckily, some of my favourite youtubers have uploaded some videos on Japanese phrases that are useful for when travelling through Japan. I’ll link them up down below. I’ve made note of the phrases and translations, and hope to learn a lot more kanji, katakana and hiragana. Not just for the six nights I’ll actually be there. I really hope to buy some manga there, in Japanese, to enjoy reading them at home. I’d absolutely love to get my hands on Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone in Japanese, but that’s not a main goal of mine during these six nights.

Photo of the Day

City in a Crater
John Chiang

Video of the Day

Hello Again

So, naturally, I managed to abandon the 30 Day writing Challenge. I’m partially blaming the fact that I was on holiday and I’m categorically unable to plan ahead. But I’m back.

We’re currently moving home so I’m still not sure on a set structure of posts. There will be another brief update on Monday hopefully, if we have Internet at the new place when we move in. If not, there will hopefully be a longer update on a schedule and everything when I either get to Starbucks or we finally have wifi again.

For today, I really wanted to share this link with you, based on the youtube video below that I finally watched today.

Occasionally I fall into researching Japanese fashion trends and stuff, without ever really feeling like I could actually follow any kind of fashion trend because of my weight. I can’t sow, I can barely knit or anything so I’m really unable to make my own clothing. Usually I get really upset and impulsively eat a bunch of food which just makes me feel worse and its a really rough circle to get out of. But recently I’ve managed to start pulling myself out of this rough circle (super difficult but I am trying so hard). Hence, I’m actually using looking at fashion trends as motivation and inspiration to eat healthily and work out to lose weight and live healthily.

So instead of wallowing in my bitterness, I’m accepting this feeling, realising that this is something I can actively change and that it is something that I really want to change about myself. I know what I have to do to change the reason for my bitterness, so I shall do exactly that. Says the one who literally just drank a really sugary energy drink and had Nutella on their toast. Personally, I believe in moderation and treating yourself sometimes (otherwise I find it impossible to stick to something if it’s a “never can I ever eat this again”).

Now, after my holiday, I should find it quite “easy” to eat more healthily again and exercise more. I’ve stopped eating gluten again. Going gluten free usually reduces my appetite naturally. And since I don’t want to spend huge amounts of money on gluten free cookies or cakes or something (which I don’t really enjoy that much anyway), there is really quite little I can actually binge on. The one thing I do really need to work on is portion size and not drinking so many sugary drinks.

Photo of the Day

ソメイヨシノ - 平安神宮にて / Heian-jingu Shrine in Spring
Yuya Horikawa

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An Interest: Photography

Quote of the day

You don’t take a photo, you make it.
-Ansel Adams

Photos of the day

Ivry-sur-Seine, 2016
End of season

Videos of the day


I couldn’t resist adding a Harry Potter related video, but I thought I’d mix things up a bit more topic wise.
Even though I’ve been taking photos for years now, my actual knowledge of cameras and settings is very slim. Not only have I now turned to youtube to inspire me, but also to teach me.

Somebody in our house is causing trouble again, and I feel exhausted. What fun it is to be in a family where people have foster kids. Ugh. I had high plans for this post but this is the most I can come up with and I aint feeling bad about it at all.

Throw back Thursday

I finally found a reason how I can share my weekly findings with you guys apart from just being a really random person who likes to share things. I’ll only be “throwing back” to past week’s videos or other internetty things I’ve stumbled across in the past week. This week, there are only youtube videos.

Smile ~

First of all, a favourite video of mine is Sharla’s video. She is my favourite youtuber still and I’m just quite happy for her that she’s getting married. It just made me smile, because she’s so happy and I had some flashbacks to happy memories when my friend got married nearly two weeks ago.

There are two videos by Venus Angelic, which made me smile.

Chocolate Frogs! I love the chocolate Frogs from the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, and I will definitely try out to recreate mini chocolate frogs.

Something book related. This video amused me a lot more than I expected and it is SO MUCH FUN.

Japan ~

I am so happy I found Kristina’s Youtube channel. Especially this video about her experience in Japan is really important to me. As much as I want to experience Japan for myself, this particular video has shown me more of what I can expect through two first hand experiences.

Back to Sharla, she talks about Spring in Akihabara. So it nicely relates to the spring tag and the spring book tag I did 🙂


That is it for this week 🙂

Ciaran ~

Feeding Interests: Japan

I am highly interested in travelling. One of the countries I’d love to visit is Japan. To help feed my interest about this country and the Japanese culture, there are a few things I do.

NHK World
One of the things I do is watch programs on NHK world. The programs vary and are very interesting. The webpage even offers Japanese lessons. One of the programs I recently watched informed about Sky Greens and vertical farming in Singapore.

One major thing that got me interested in Japan was actually the word kawaii and the kawaii culture in Japan. Websites such as this one and this one are websites I frequently visit. I never thought that Kaila would have a huge effect on my interest in Japan, but she has.

Youtube videos
I follow Rachel & Jun‘s youtube channel and personally find it very interesting.
Another channel I follow is Texan in Tokyo.
I actually really enjoy videos where people walk through Tokyo, such as this one. These kind of videos give me the feeling of being the person walking through the streets of Tokyo, which I think is awesome.

Travel in general
A favourite traveller whom I follow is Nomadic Matt.

Feature Picture belongs to Sohei Nishino