Loving life today..
Had a reasonably fun Japanese lesson; some sort of stereotypically cute Japanese trainee teacher taught us… I didn’t understand a word she said but she was nice to look at (looking back at this comment I realise that, combined with the fact that I’m doing an essay about lesbianism, I must appear inclined that way..) Anyway, it was fun let’s leave it at that.
Got an hour before Japanese Modern History (BANE OF MY EXISTENCE!) but now that that awful exam is over I can go back to not paying any attention which will undoubtedly lead to failing again next time. The joy.
I managed to write another post for Lingualift about Yayoi Kusama, she’s awesome, let’s all just look at how awesome she is:
She’s in her 80s, living in a mental institution (voluntarily) likes painting polka dots and is collaborating with Marc Jacobs for Loius Vuitton. Oh, she also likes to get people naked and cover them in polka dots…
Hopefully the post will be up on Lingualift soon because quite frankly, I’m not gonna repeat myself when I’ve already written a whole article about her!
I also watched another crrrazy Japanese film last night ‘Apartment 1303’. Verdict: Don’t watch it, but DO read my review (which I haven’t actually started yet… Sorry Marcello, you will have it by the end of the week!)
Right, history lesson time….
Right well I seem to have returned from the portal of stress! In the past 2 week I’ve had THREE exam a presentation, 2 mini tests and I’ve been to work for 6 days. AND THEN my laptop broke so I couldn’t do any of the above with ease, but I made it out alive!!! I can hardly believe myself!
And yeah, so what I haven’t actually painted anything as the above implies I HAVE written another article for Lingualift about a painter… pretty much the same thing right? Japanese painter Nakanishi Natsuyuki. It’s pretty bad ass so go have a look pretty please:
I’m working on another one about Yayoi Kusama, you may have heard of her as she is AWESOME! Crazy, but awesome. She’s doind a fashion collaboration with Louis Vuitton, but I won’t say too mucha bout it as I do want you to read my post when it’s done don’t I?!
Kanji writing practice is on the cards today, I’m a week behind (oh no!) so these are last weeks which I need to learn how to write from memory:
走 送 待 貸 多 単 短 暖 遅 長 痛 低 利 親 足 男 弟 頭 彼 母 妹 友 知 着 通 働 動 読 買 売 泊 発 疲 飛 払 聞 閉 変 返 勉 歩 忘 遊 落 理 料 練 連 話 加
So I gotta go and pick up my laptop from the repairers and then we can expect a lot more posts! Hazzah!!!!
I’ve been LAZY today, instead of doing work like a good little girl I’ve been shopping for clothes. Beautiful clothes! Since it’s Valentine’s Day tomorrow and all I’ve gotta be keeping up those appearances!
And luckily, here in the UK we get chocolates and presents, yay! I know that in Japan it’s customary for the women to give chocolate to men and then you have a sort of ‘reply day’ a month later? But from what I’ve read the women get back about 3 times what they gave so that can’t be bad! To be honest, Valentine’s Day is a bit of a jib really, all this commercialism is enough to make me wanna throw up! And literally all the shops turn pink and fluffy, it’s a bit too much (Japanese shops are probably pink, fluffy and kawaii all year round so it wouldn’t be that bad!)
I’ve just eaten out of date houmous. Ew.
In other non-Valentine’s news, I got myself a post for a wonderful blog; Lingualift.com 🙂 The site is aimed at those wanting to learn Japanese but they also have a brilliant blog section with all sorts of articles about Japanese culture, food, fashion etc. It seemed apt that I start out writing a post on a Top 5 must-see Japanese films sooooo GO:
All this blogging and review writing gets me really excited 🙂 Anyway, on with my Japanese studies, I’ve been a bit naughty and neglected it! Happy Valentines Day Everyone..
Hungover today, it’s not a pretty sight! Had an awesome time at the party though. In the end I took some inspiration from www.japanesestreets.com There was a picture on it a while ago of a girl wearing red pants, they looked awesome. And I love wearing shirts so I came up with the following:
Simple but bold, no?
My shoes weren’t actually the same, but damn, I wish they were.
Thank you to everyone that followed me on Twitter, it means a lot.
I’m doing a bit of Japanese language today (not too much… my head hurts a bit!) but I thought I would ask the natives out there to explain something to me. No matter how much it is explained to me I don’t really understand, so a really simple explanation might do it… my Japanese 先生 makes everything a bit complicated. The difference between はandが. I know it seems silly that I can’t grasp something so simple, but I really don’t get it!
I’m watching Swing Girls tonight, I’m very excited about it so I will let you know what I think.
I had to go to the hospital this morning, I have a crappy kidney and they are trying to figure out what is wrong with it. It doesn’t seem to be too serious though… hopefully!
I have my Cinema exam in 2 hours, eek! I have revised quite a lot (certain parts more than others.. e.g Pink Films!) But I feel quite confident! ありがとう to everyone that suggested films for me to watch, I am currently downloading ‘Swing Girls’ which I have heard a lot of good things about! I will let you know what I think. After this exam today all I have to do is finish my essay about A Snake of June 六月の蛇 and then I’m finished for Christmas! I will of course still be revising all of my kanji over the holiday AND learning new grammar for next semester, which you lot can help me with, yay! In fact, if anybody has any advice on Snake of June, I can give you a little mention in my essay!
So today I’m thinking about fashion. Obviously the whole of the western world has heard about you crazy Japanese and your kooky fashion 🙂 I’m going to a party on Saturday and want to look a bit different. So, what do you wear everyday? Normal Japanese fashion, no Harajuku (which is all I can find on the internet!!) Maybe even add a picture of your favourite dress, shirt, bag etc
I appreciate all of the comments you wonderful people leave 🙂 I really do. Don’t stop!
And wish me look for my exam, I will be back tomorrow to let you know how terribly I did.