Dec 31, 2009
Time flies...It's well known phrase which I hear around the end of year. Actually, I didn't feel like that this year in 2009. The first two months, I was struggling with my dissertation all the time. Then, I visited S.Korea and stayed for 12 days!! I met many Korean friends=)
After commencement, my job started from April. Around August, it's so hard time for me. As I wrote down here, I burned out and I really didn't have any idea how to recover from it. I went out to S.Korea again in September during my summer holidays. My friends made me happy there.
Thank you my friends who gave me much support.
As I said above, I could meet many of my Korean friends this year.
Next year, I want to see other friends too.
Hope you have great 2010!!
One of my favorite songs for you=)
はつ恋 by 福山雅治
Hatsukoi by Masaharu Fukuyama
Dec 30, 2009
After work, I went to a shopping mall by myself and enjoyed shopping.
I happened to meet one of friends from college. She's working hard on her master's thesis. Good luck!!
I got some clothes and a calendar for my office desk. I also wanted to get Alicia Keys' latest album but I will buy it at Amazon. I'll get big saving if I buy it there.
My short break lasts until Jan 3rd. So happy la~~~=)
Dec 26, 2009
28th is the final working day in 2009. After that, we'll have big end-year party and my band members will play songs there so we're practicing them. Today, we had practice from 5 to 7pm. Tomorrow, on Sunday, 4 to 7pm...So busy!!
Dec 12, 2009
After that, we moved to another bar to have another party. When it just started, I talked with one of my coworkers. Actually, I was hurt what he's saying. It didn't mean he offended me strongly but I couldn't help being angry. I just thought I didn't want to stay there anymore. It's really blame to leave there if I assume this is party related to office though.
I don't know if he noticed about it but he followed me. It's like he's waiting for my words. I just said totally different things and left there.
I haven't have such a feeling for a long time.
It's showering outside. I didn't have an umbrella but it didn't matter at all. Rather, it felt good. I walked down the street with many bars and izakayas, listening to some music with my iPod. It's 10:30pm.
Luckily, buses were still available. I found a bas stop and I waited for a bus. It's still showering. I was thinking of many things. I didn't think what he said. I felt I wanted to meet friends outside Japan.
Then, one guy talked to me. He asked me to come under his umbrella. He was also waiting for a bus. I was happy to hear that and said thanks. There's some place which is under roof in a closed shop so I said I would be there.
The bus came. Before getting on the bus, I appreciated him again and he said 'no, I didn't do anything'. I didn't remember his face at all. I didn't even know where he got off the bus.
Just some words hurt people. Just some words make people happy.
Dec 3, 2009
At first, I was wondering if I had H1N1 because I met two persons who got H1N1 the day before yesterday...I'm working for a general hospital.
I have bad sore throat and headache.....I just hope I could come back home from office tomorrow then take a plenty of rest!!!!!
Nov 23, 2009
Nov 4, 2009
These day, I'm into music outside Japan. But, this is one of exceptions. Yes, she's Aoyama Thelma(青山テルマ). I'm not big fan of her but I have really wanted to try her latest album titled 'Emotions'.
Usually, I don't listen to every song in one album but any song is great in her album. I'm even thinking of BUYing this album. It's worth doing so. Yeah, seems I'm really fan of her now.
I see she's so popular overseas. For example, her songs have high ranking in Yahoo Taiwan. Now, somehow because she doesn't release new music, her name doesn't come up in TV and media. It's like she wins wide popularity here.
I recommended her songs to my friend then talked about music etc...It's comfortable holiday.
Oct 25, 2009
I went out to prepare for the winter!!
I was really surprised to see around shops because they're decorating stores with CHRISTMAS STUFFs!!!!!!!
Neither Halloween nor Thanksgiving hasn't come yet but here, in Japan, Christmas goods are already available. We don't enjoy Halloween so much but Halloween goods are filled with the stores just for decorations. In case of thanksgiving, many Japanese don't know what it is. As a result, Christmas decorations is coming up right after Halloween here.
I went to UNIQLO to get a fleece and some T-shirts (Speaking of UNIQLO, the store opened in Paris right?). These Heattech T-shirts were sold so much last year and it's still popular this year. The size I got is XL but I want to insist that this XL is totally different from the one in the States!! This XL size in Japan is like M size in the States.
UNIQLO used to have a image of reasonable stuffs. Now, it's not like that. This Heattech T-shirt cost 1,000 JPN (10USD). It's getting colder and colder. Don't catch a cold, don't catch a flu~~.
Oct 20, 2009
Last Friday night, my coworkers and I had fun. At first, we just cook some stuff then went out kinda amusement park called 'Round 1' where we can play many sports, bowling, karaoke. We stayed at all night from 11pm to 6 am!!!!! (1,300JPN but it cost 1,500JPN to play bowling 2 times.)
I haven't excersice so much like this so I felt so fine!!
Then, we went back to one of our corworkers' home. Even though we're so sleepy, we were still chatting---how we feel about jobs now, how we want to live from now...kinda serious one. At last, we noticed we're hungry and went out again to have lunch. As a result, we're together for 18 hours from 6pm to 2pm next day!!! Needless to say, I went to bed right after coming back to my home=)
Oct 3, 2009
This week, I have been busy but meetings with other staffs in other sections were really meaningful.
It seems I've got more visitors from all over the world for this blog. Thank you! Feel free to leave comment, please~Have a good weekend=)
Sep 27, 2009
Sep 19, 2009
From today, 19th, so-called Sliver Week started!...You have never heard this word? Actually, I knew this word a few week ago.
Some of you already know 'Golden week', a string of national holidays on May (see http://ilovegrapefrui2.blogspot.com/2009/05/day1-in-gw.html)
Then, what's sliver week?? This is also long string of holidays from today Sep 19th~23th. This is the first time to get such a long holidays on Sep in my life. Because national holidays fall on from Monday through Wednesday THIS YEAR, we've got 5 days holidays including Sat and Sun...
You may see Japanese around your place...If you see them, you can just say 'what's your sliver week going?' haha.
Next time, this sliver week will come in 6 year...I want to upload blog so much as I can during sliver week!
ps. Today's drink---メープルティーラテ＝Maple tea Latte.
Sep 4, 2009
Aug 29, 2009
Aug 27, 2009
Aug 25, 2009
Through working on this project, I learned many things no matter whether they're good or not. Actually, I'm still surprised to see my boss's irresponsibility! lol. I can't believe my boss depends on me so much even though I'm still pretty freshman here...
Headache and my ears hurt...buzzing...I may be tired physically and mentally...
I had lunch outside. I usually eat my lunch at cafe for staff or on my desk. I wanted to leave my desk (otherwise, I keep thinking of the project, you know) so I came outside. It's a little garden on 3rd floor (don't know how to express this place...). The sky is not summer sky anymore. Autumn has already come here...read English book a little.....it's important refreshing time.
Aug 15, 2009
Aug 11, 2009
Aug 2, 2009
Comic 'peanuts' and some drink which is a little bit expensive (for me haha), available in convenience store. I feel happy while reading peanuts, drinking this.
The author of Peanuts, Charles M.Schulz, was born in St.Paul, Minnesota. I was really expecting to seeing something related to Peanuts and to buy some cute Peanuts stuff while I was in Minnesota. However, unfortunately, I didn't see them at all...I heard some monuments were in St.Paul though...oh, I had one shown in the following.
You can meet this snoopy in security area of Minneapolis International Airport.
If you see some monuments in St.Paul, take pictures and show me please=)
(※ps. Thank you for your warm message on my postings. I'm sorry I didn't reply them quickly. I put comments on your messages. Check them out=))
Jul 30, 2009
I'm getting ready to talk about my job here. I mean, I started to understand my job enough to tell you. From today, I began to be involved with kinda big project. It's gonna be time-consuming actually. But, I was so happy today because my opinion seemed to be reasonable for processing this project. August will be busy month but I will try to do my best, taking care of my health.
Details on my job will be released later, I hope.
Well.....I'm going to bed. I hope I have good dream, not one related to my job haha.
Jul 17, 2009
Jul 14, 2009
Twilight by going under ground
I'm looking for some nice songs to listen while commuting. Give me your recommendation=)
Jul 1, 2009
Moreover, we talked how hard she's studying until the midnight in the library (I also worked hard, just in case lol). I joked that she must have been hanging out, not studying...We just joked and joked, which reminds me of days we shared. I really think I've got good roommate. Even though we're apart, she's still my roommate.
Oh yeah, when we moved out from the dorm, our CAs said our room was the cleanest in all of other rooms.
I can keep going more and more but...it's time to sleep. I think I will have dream related to this story tonight.
Have a good night~!
Jun 28, 2009
On 23th, I got my bonus. My dictionary says everyone cannot get bonus in the states usually. Here, even freshmen like me can get bonus. Because of economical crisis, some company cuts bonus. I'm lucky to get bonus in this situation.
I decided to give some of bonus to my grandparents, who helped me much so far. Yesterday, I went to see them. My grandparents were pleased to get it, which made me happy. It doesn't matter how much I can give them. It was my pleasure to show gratitude to my grandparents.
We talked on the spot we can see the backyard. It breezed. It was really good time. Can you see two chairs and tables which are made of rattan? My parents gave them to my grandparents 24 years ago. It's right before I was born. These chairs and I were same ages!!
Chatting, eating cherries, drinking tea...It was pretty peaceful moment.
Jun 22, 2009
This is an exception.
I strongly believe that this grilled squid is the best in the world!!!!! It tastes salty. It's very tender!!
I like to eat grilled squids especially in a restaurant on the boundary between Akita where I live and Aomori where it's located to the north of Akita. It's 2 hour drive. That shop is on the cliff.
I haven't come here for 3 years. Staffs are really kind as usual. If there's a world grilled squids competition, I'm sure this restaurant will win! lol.
Yesterday, as these pictures say, it's good weather. Now, it's pouring. Here, it's rainy season. We'll have rainy days from today...I don't hate rainy weather but I can't stand with humid one~~!!
May 30, 2009
On the way back to the parking lot, I started to notice it would be a little bit difficult to get out of that parking lot because it's really nallow space. Usually, I back the car up into the parking place so that I can easily drive out of there. Today, that parking lot didn't allow me to do that. That is, I had to back my car out of that parking place.
Oh my gosh...I couldn't.....as I anticipated.
I tried again and again, back and forth. My car almost rubbed against the wall.
What should I do.....??
I came up with one idea. I looked for someone who APPEARs to have super-driving skill and asked them to back my car out of the parking lot.
But, I also thought if that person hit my car into the wall?? I would regret doing that. That person would also feel bad.
Therefore, I decided to get help from my family. When I called my home, there's only my mom. She has also driving license.
But, I had still one more concern...
It's because my mom hit out family car into the wall.....IN THIS LIBRARY.
Because my father was out of home, my mom came to the library by family car. She rode in my car and started to back my car. I was standing near the car, giving her advice...my car almost rubbed the car again and again...Finally, my mom made it!!
My trial (fail) 5 mins
The time I was waiting for the rescue(=my mom) 20mins
My mom's trial (success) 10mins
I need to be relaxed once again.
May 10, 2009
Beautiful sunset makes me relaxed after work. Then, I go back to my home, listening to my favorite music unless I need to work overtime.
When I see the sky, I wonder how my friends in other countries are doing at that time under the same sky.
This sky leads to your sky. This gives me encouragement.
May 4, 2009
Her unexpected remarks inspired me.
She's not the sort who says her feelings or opinion. However, today, she suddenly started to say how happy she is because she stays friends with me . She remembered the day when we met for the first time and talked about it precisely... She said she thanked me...Oh, I don't deserve to be appreciated~~
I'm not awake enough to talk about today's story. Actually, today's story is deeply related to what I have really wanted to write down here. Later, let me introduce it again.
When I came back to my home after the gathering with my friend, my grandparents were there. Tomorrow, my family will take them to spa and stay for one night. On the way to spa, we will see my workplace...Well, it's better to go to bed soon. Good night~~
May 3, 2009
May 2, 2009
My corworkers and I finished job around 10pm. In the beginning of each month, we have lots of things to do. I thought it would take more time...It's just 5-hour overworking.
By the way, from tomorrow, GW will start!! Do you know what GW stand for?
Let's talk about it tomorrow!! Have a nice GW!!haha
Apr 26, 2009
Apr 13, 2009
So far...I'm pretty enjoying my job and life. I didn't expect I could feel happy with my job like this. My bosses are really nice and my corworkers are also helpful. We, freshmen, are working in different section but having corworkers is really encouraging.
I'm not good at waking up in the early morning but I'm getting used to do. I wake up around 6:15am and leave my home at 7:30. I drive a car to my office. It takes 30 mins and I work from 8:30.
While driving, I'm listening to music and sometimes singing with them kk. Especially, I really like to do when I go back to home. What am I listening to? Last week, I always listened to music by Big Bang, Korean group. I bought their CD in S.Korea and got much fan of them=)
I'm too tired to open my PC on weekday haha. Still, I'm really fine and feel happy with my job and this life.
Mar 28, 2009
I will start to work from April 1st as a member of society, not student anymore.
Mar 8, 2009
I will write my travel diary later here.
Today, I'm staying in the 6-bed room in hostel. Other travelers, three Japanese senior students, already left this room to go back to Japan. Now, I'm alone in this room. I remember how fun it was to spend time with my Korean friends so far...I feel even kind of nostalgic...(I don't know how to say this feeling in English.) ah, maybe, I should just say "I'm really missing you guys".
I've got 4 more days left including today. I'm gonna make myself enjoy more!!
At last but not least, I really thank you, my Korean friends, who gave me many good memories!!
Mar 1, 2009
Here, March is the end of academic year. Many students graduate from their school and enter new world.
I'm also graduating from university on March 22th. From April, I will start to work.
As I wrote here before, I was working on my dissertation from last August to Feb 2nd. You can see my grad thesis next to books.
During working on dissertation, I read many books and papers again and again. Furthermore, I could not have finished my thesis without you guys' help and encouragements. If you gave me some help for my research your names are on my acknowledgement page in my dissertation. I sent my paper to my prof at St.Cloud state university where I studied. Information she gave me deepened my research.
Again, thank you so much to everyone who gave me much help and encouragement.
I wish I can have safe trip=)
Feb 23, 2009
Feb 19, 2009
I didn't have any trouble today but it took much time to go to the workplace. It's because everyone drives so slowly.
The picture is taken near the workplace. This intersection is famous for dangerous place...many cars slip. One of friends also had car accident. I call this intersection 'T.I'. I stands for intersection and T comes from the first letter of my friend's name. It's like famous singer T.I. haha.
Until last week, there's no snow. It's pretty warm in this winter. From this week, it started to snow. I have to practice driving on the snow!!
Feb 13, 2009
We usually eat sticky(?) curry sauce (not soup one). This soup curry is famous in Sapporo, Hokkaido, the northern part of Japan. It started to become popular several years ago in entire Japan. There're not so many restaurants we can eat soup curry.
This soup curry includes boiled egg, 'Kakuni' which is braised pork dish, eggplant and green pepper...We soak white rice in this soup and eat it. It made us feel warm...We're convinced that people in Hokkaido, a cold place, like this soup curry.
For some of you guys, it may be familiar to this type of curry. What's curry like in your place??
Feb 10, 2009
That doesn't mean I forgot how I lived in the States. I'm still clearly remembering my days in the States. The problem is...I haven't written papers in Japanese for a long time. I can't write a paper in the same way I used to do it. Academic writing is really tough work no matter what language we use. But, I have never felt such a difficulty for composing papers in Japanese!! It's pretty stressful...
Feb 6, 2009
Sashimi/Sliced raw fish
Potato with cheese and bacon...It's like pizza.
Tsukune/meatball. This is Hinai-dori(chicken). Hinai-dori is a specialty of Akita. It's one of big three chickens in Japan. This egg comes from Hinai-dori. We put this Tsukune in the egg. It's delicious! I didn't drink alcohol cuz I needed to drive a car. This Tsukune made me feel drinking pretty much!!We ordered too much...Everything was pretty nice!!
Ah~~~It was nice time to have delicious food...Thanks dad!!
Feb 3, 2009
Jan 22, 2009
The due date for my the last and biggest paper, that is, dissertation, is coming soon. I have more two weeks to go. I started to work on it from last Aug and it'll be finished finally.
As the title says, I have a strong headache almost every day. It may be because using PC for a long time tire me. I also got stuff shoulders. Besides, it's definitely because of feeling stressed. I always wonder how I should go on the discussion or something. I have to submit the paper but I'm not really sure if I can finish writing good one. I started to feel stressed unconsciously.
Plus! I'm a type of getting headache easily. It's called "migraine". When I feel I'll get a headache, I always take a medicine. I have suffered from migraine since I was a kid. Migraine follows me in my life---oh my!!!
Anyway, I'm working hard, fighting against headache...It'll be the last time to concentrate on studying literally all day in my life. I have to appreciate the joy I can study even though I get headache.
But...the headache is headache. Ahh~~~~~hate it!!!!!
Jan 10, 2009
Last month, the printer got out of order and we had it repaired. After I took my printer back to my home from the shop, I didn't notice the ink (only blue one) was leaking!
Luckly, the ink didn't spread out any place except my hands. It took much time the ink was gone rather than I thought. Everytime I saw my hands, I was surprised with myself only a little bit haha.
Jan 7, 2009
We exchange New Year's cards in the beginning of Jan. We usually start to prepare for cards from Dec. At first, many people buy blank New Year's cards in post office. We make cards the way we like. If you're good at drawing, you can do. Cards reflect each person's characteristic.
Then, we drop them into mailbox. Mailmen start to deliver them from Jan 1st. If we mail them until Dec 25th, cards will be sent on Jan 1st. (I always drop my New Year's cards around Dec31st. That means, my friends cannot get my cards on Jan 1st. Well, we celebrate New Year not only on Jan 1st also until 3rd. I hope it's not so problem my friends cannot get cards on exactly New Year's day hehe. )
I hope my friends both in Japan and abroad enjoy my New Year's cards. They're not so special but I wrote down messages, remembering friends' faces.
Jan 5, 2009
In our university, classes will start from 13th, next Tuesday. This is not the beginning of the semester. The semester started from last Oct and will last until the middle of Feb.
In my case, I'm taking only one class for writing grad thesis. Basically, from Jan, I just need to concentrate on writing grad thesis by myself. So, I decided to start working on the thesis from today.
Well, during new year's break, my family stayed at home, having delicious food and relaxing.
My family visited a shrine to pray for new year on Jan 2nd. This is called Hatsumode (はつもうで・初詣). We make wishes for the new year.
This year, we went to a shrine we had never been. It's smaller than the shrine we usually go. Many people visited this shrine.
May 2009 will be fruitful!