Tomorrow I’m leaving. Everyone keeps asking if I’m nervous, I say yes but that isn’t the word I would describe this strange feeling with, I don’t think such a word even exists! :D I’ve been hungry all the time in the past few days and I’m pretty sure it has something to do with the departure. My stomach feels strange, I guess you could call it butterflies.
I am excited, nervous, unsure, confident, calm, panicing, sad, happy. I think I’ve left some things at home - I’m at my dad’s brother’s house right now, they live in Helsinki close to the airport, we came here today with mom and we’ve been just walking around, bought me some toothpaste XD
5.20 PM Finnish time the plane will go up and at 10 AM Japanese time on the 21st day it will land. We will stay at some hotel near Narita and after that spread out into three orientations, mine is at Tokyo. That lasts a few days and then we’ll go into our families at the 24th - my liaison person added me on facebook and sent me cute messages in decent English telling me she’d take care of me and I should trust her, ending it with “love, [her name]” ;__; so cute, but yeah, I’ll probably meet her and she’ll take me to my family or something? Not sure!
Oh and I apologize if I’m not 100 % thorough with my explanations and everything - I’m holding 3 blogs you see :D one in Finnish, one in English and an official one for a newspaper that I get money from. But, if you have any questions feel free to ask me! I think I will put more pictures here than to the other two because tumblr just feels like a good place for that.
Anyhow, I’m gonna go stare at a wall and breathe deeply now. I shall babble more once I have arrived and had the awkward “helloidontspeakjapanese” greetings with my host family and I will know everything I have wondered about for the past year.
ps. we made sushi on my last day at home on sunday
because I probably won’t get enough in Japan
Posted on March/20/2012
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I CAN’T POSSIBLY FIT EVERYTHING I WANT TO TAKE ALONG IN ONE SUITCASE AND the hand luggage thingy ;__; it’s 23 kg for the suitcase and 8 kg for the backbag, I CAN’T!
My suitcase is already full and there are nothing but clothes - the other half of the clothes I want to take along are being washed XDD oh god.
First world problems ftw. I’ll manage somehow D: I’ll have to really cut the clothes into the absolutely necessary ones and the ones I’ll be leaving here, I am taking a lot of other things too aside from clothes, so.. Oh well. :D here’s a picture of my empty luggage:
Oh and here’s a picture of what I look like! C:
Posted on March/15/2012
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,first world problem
The people who will temporarily adopt me sound really nice C: I was the first to get my school but the last to get my family, I guess that’s fair then haha. I got the information about them around a week ago.
Here are two pictures I got. The only one missing from them is the grandfather - the family consists of a mother, a mother, a younger sister and brother (-96 and -95, I was born in -94), grandparents and two dogs that can be seen above too! They live in the Ibaraki prefecture, only about 30 km north from Tokyo in a town called Inashiki. My school is 30 km north from there, in Tsuchiura, and it’s called Tsuchiura Nihon University Secondary School, or Nichidai Tsuchiura for short C:
The file told a few things about their hobbies and interests - for example, the brother does music which means they have a piano at home, which means I will have something creative to do when I’m bored! The sister paints and reads, grandmother cooks and grows vegetables, grandfather plays golf and grows a tree (bonsai?), father fishes and does downhill sking/snowboarding with the son. And finally, the mother does gardening and calligraphy ^^ Sounds like a fun and creative family!
This is their house - real traditional and Japanese, which naturally is awesome. Soon I’ll be strutting around there, only 16 more days to go! I’m soooo excited but at the same time scared, like, what if I don’t know enough Japanese to survive? What if I don’t make any friend, what if my family doesn’t like me after all? All them doubts, I feel like I’m pregnant with this emotional rollercoast I’m having xD I know I will miss Finland and I will miss my friends but I also know there are so many wonderful things I will experience out there in Japan.
I’ve actually been e-mailing with my family a bit already, in Japanese because they don’t know much English. It’s a good thing though, it means my Japanese will improve a lot faster when I will just simply be forced to live with it :D I’ve used google translate to help me get the gist of the kanji jungles they’ve sent me along with some grammar help online and a dictionary. I’ve managed quite well, I know my e-mails haven’t been perfect but at least they state the most important points. I hope.
Welcome on board to my personal adventure! 20.3 is my date of departure, meaning that there are 20 days left until I leave. Twenty! It’s really hard to believe at this point :D
Anyhow, I already have a school and a host family, I’ll probably make a post about them later.
Posted on March/2/2012