Thursday, January 31, 2013

Japanese Stars Hollow and Bingo

I can't believe I forgot to post the Purikura from the adventure with Moe, Yuuki, and Mitchell!
Can you tell which ones I decorated? XD

Wednesday was a pretty relaxing day. I worked out, went around town, cleaned a bit, watched a documentary on people going vegan, dyed my hair, and such. As I was walking around town, I heard "Look who it is!" and was swarmed with some of the students from the mochi making party. Oh goodness. Their mums were with them, so I was talking with one of them as we walked to the station.

Later on in the day, I was at the bookstore and felt a tap on my shoulder. This always surprises me whenever I'm somewhere other than school. It was Sabrina! =^.^= We talked for awhile and went to nearby shops to look around for some souvenirs for her to bring back to her family since she's going to go visit them this week. They're a lucky family because she bought a ton of sweets to share with them.
We found this is one of the stores:
They're covers to put over spray bottles. Japan makes everything and anything they can cute. lolol. ^___^

As we were saying goodbye at the station, 3 people we knew, Shota, Yuuki, and Yuka, came up to us to say hi. Man, are we in Stars Hollow?

Speaking of, does anyone feel like Granny's Diner from Once Upon a Time looks and has the same feel as Luke's Diner?
Workers with flannel and back-heavy hats. Okay, maybe not for that reason. BUT STILL!

Yesterday, most of the other exchange students and I went to the Seijo grade school to play games in English with them. Evan and I got assigned to play a Bingo using pictures of different foods. There were also about 4 mothers, a father, and 2 teaching assistants that were in our group. They all spoke really good English too. After getting to know each other, setting up and practicing for a bit, we had some lunch.
I knew I would have to have an obento again before I left...
It was pretty good except for the Caramel color and preservatives that they added XD. I really should stop reading the nutrition labels of these.

Then, we headed back to the game area to practice a bit more. There was even a song and a dance to match that we learned. x___X Something about feeling joy and then feeling joy on your head and toes and all over and I don't even know. But it ended up being really fun. XD

There were about 5 groups of 15 kids each that we played Bingo with. We had to show them pictures of food and ask the kids what they thought it was in English. "Do you know what this is? Do you like hamburgers?" Some of the kids didn't know much English, so they struggled a bit, but then I realized how helpful it was to have so many people in our group to help the kids out. Either way, the kids were are terribly adorable. I still marvel at the fact that I haven't seen any kids here pick their noses...
Anyhoo! After, we danced to the song with them a few times. So much joy, man.

We cleaned up and then hung out for a bit more with some hot tea. I tried teaching one of the mums in our group to say "'Merica" correctly. It ended up sounding like "miracle." lolol. I don't even remember what other things we were talking about but I was laughing a lot yesterday.

About a half an hour later, we headed to one of the cafeterias to have our going-away party. There were a ton of desserts:
And then another full tray O___O.

I didn't bother taking pictures of most of the party since Hamanaka looked like she was taking a bunch that will probably be posted on Facebook later. I'll post them here if she does!
But here are the two others I did take:
Bye, "Mithell"! lolol. He never noticed until today even though he's had the same name-tag for a year.
Tom learned the hand-slapping game and hated it. lolol. I got a video of his rage that I should post sometime. XD
But anyways, it was a really chill party. Besides the exchange students, there were only about 12 other people. I had to give another speech and was actually able to say something besides "My name is Kat." I joked and said my go-to, that I liked sports. I think I said that in nearly every other speech, but those were all for introductory ones. I may have to give one more at this party that Okuma sensei is throwing me. Bah! haha.
Then, Yuka came up and said some really nice things and such and then I hugged her and picked her up. lolol.

The party only lasted about an hour. Sabrina and I had made plans yesterday to go out shopping after the party, so we went to Shinjuku ^___^. She wanted to pick up some Tokyo Banana desserts to bring to her family. We were thinking about going to Ikebukuro to go to the Chocolate Paradise exhibit that I went to with Moe, Mitchell, and Yuuki, but since there were so many desserts at the party, we decided not to. I was really relieved actually because I'm kind of sampled-out and not in the mood for a ton of sweets at once, haha.

We stopped at a Liz Lisa to look at the pretty top that I wanted, but after trying that on again and a few other things, I didn't really like the look of it on me as much anymore. I just need to go to Nike. lolol. Sabrina ended up buying some stuff though! She looks good in anything in that store.

We stopped at my place after so I could give Sabrina her present since she'll be gone soon and I won't be able to see her again. It was present day 'cause I gave most of the other exchange students their presents too. AwWwww yeaAaAhHhh!

Sabrina and I were both wondering why we didn't hang out more together here. The time just went by too quickly x___X.

Today, the exchange students will be going to lunch with Toyama sensei. After, Sabrina and I are probably going to be shopping in Shibuya since we'll be there already and then head off to Shimokitazawa for Mitchell's birthday party. Another full day!

This was a lot of text. I need a picture somewhere...
Oh, this is appropriate:



  2. All of your friends are so nice--very cute too! I can't believe so many friends found you when you went out on adventures. It must be your orange hair. You're easy to spot in a crowd--lol.