Samstag, 22. Oktober 2011

しゅうがくりょこう or : about progress, regress and unexpected luck

hey guys,

the cheeky devil is back!>:D

The last week is full of things I'm sure you want to know from!:) So let's not make the foreword longer than it needs to be, and let's get the party started!/^o^/

Well, as I told you, I was on a class trip this wekk, but befor I'm gonna write about that, Let's talk about my weekend:

Finally, finally Raku-chan and me managed to do something together - It's been really a long time since we last saw each other. We went shopping in namba together, talked, bantered, fooled around and laughed a lot. A REAL girl's day, you could say!^^ And after that, I stayed overnight at her family, which is like high society and super rich, but super nice as well . They really seem to like me, each time I'm there they say at the end: Come again soon!!^^(this sunday, we went to a festival near raku-chans house, and after that, they invited me to eat sushi in a sushi-restaurant which is known for the best sushi far and wide, and ONLY uses best-quality ingredients - to eat there costs about 300-400 CHF. per person !!!00''- I don't want to know what they paid in summary for lunch!0.0'' But it was DEFINITELY the BEST sushi I've ever eaten in my entire life!!^^<3<3<3) But because the family is going to be on to much busyness trips from now on, raku-chan has to change family(poor her, I really feel sorry for her, since she really liked them and they really are nice - I hope for her that she can keep contact with them!:D)
However, the next day, we went to nippon-bashi, you can think of it as the akihabara of Osaka, with the difference, that in Akihabara are also a lot of tourists, and you don't see the real HARDCORE otakus as obviously as in Nippon-bashi, where a lot of "more than just weird" people were, and we the only Europeans were. This was such a strange place, I can say: there were the REALLY Hardcore Otakus (Bad smell, last shower I don't know when, glasses, spending much to much money for some weird fan-articles), Whole malls with just different games and game-machines where hundreds of Otakus fought against each other (I don't know when they have been breathing fresh air the last time - the rooms were also a bit dark - a feeling like in a cave!=.=''), malls with 10 or so floors, of which one floor was just full with games for nintendo etc., one for mangas, one for hentais(whhheeeeeeeekk, we went straightway to the next floor, the people and the products there were just gross!!>0<), one with just anime and anime soundtrack, one for coslay, and a few others, but the absolute strangest was the floor just with puppets from animes, vocaloid, mangas, games etc. There was a section just with arms and legs in I don't know how many diferent sizes - really scary, I can tell you. But the weirdest thing we saw that day ,amongst other REALLY weird things, were maids. Well, I don't talk about the normal ones. In Nippon-bashi, there were a lot men that where dressed up as femal-maids - it was just disgusting!00'' Imagine a really cute maid dress, but there is no breast, and then you look dow, there are really muscular, hairy, male legs!00'' and when you looked upwards, you saw a unshaved face with masculine chiseled facial features and a loooot of make up, and you are just like: "WHHHHHOOOOOOOOOOOOW,what the bloody heck??!!!!"...
And the best thing was, when we recovered from our shock and after the first big laughter, raku-chan wanted to take a picture with...him?!her?!?!! Well, let's say IT! So, she really wanted to take a picture with IT so badly, so she asked. Guess, what IT said (in Japanese) with  Really poncey voice??:
"Oooooh, excuuuuuuuse me, mai diiiiiiiiaaaaarr, but to take a photo from/with a maid outside of a maid-cofee is not allowed, it's for the maid's sake, I'm soooow sorryy!<3 "

And we thought like =.='' Yeah, of course, you really look like you could be raped every second!-.-'??^^
However, sice it was the first time for her, I went once more into a "normal" maidcoffee. But the atmosphere was totally different from last time - we didn't stay for too longe there!^^''

And after nippon bashi, we went window-shopping in the normal part of namba; before we said goodbye, we even met malthe (another exchange student)!xD what a small world, hehehe!^^

Monday, we had yasumi(=holiday, no school!!) And I had time to pack everything for my schooltrip!
Tuesday I had only two lessons, because they still had some tests to do(yatta!!^o^)

And wednesday: The trip started. And do you want to know the best thing??: We could wear our OWN clothes while during the whole trip, which means: Your own style, make-up, pierces and accessory = you could wear , what fits you the best way!!>:D I think, everybody was really "oshare"(good-looking, dressed up), exactly because of this reason!^w^
Well, the first day we nearly spent the whole day sitting in our busses, which were sadly parted into our classes, which means: same faces, no guys....
We al slept most part of the journey, since we got up early in the morning. We ate lunch in a really old, famous, original japanese-style village, where the roofs were made out of straw etc. There  we had enough time to take a look around and buy omiyage(souvenirs) etc. After that, we rode the bus again, until we finally arrived in the evening. During the journey I recognized once more this fascinating fact, that Japan sometimes really looks similar to Switzerland. I know it sounds weird, but when I looked outside the window I sometimes had the feeling, the landscape passing by could be as well somewhere in Graubuenden. The hotel we slept over was in western style, which means we had a multicourse dinner - But unfortunately, everybody thought of maybe three or four courses, so we ate like normal, but the new dishes kept coming and coming, and in Japan, you should eat everything, so we couldn't just say"no, thank you!" It was like in a nightmare, with every new plate served on the table, everybody was like: NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!! muriiiii, muurrii, mou muri!!(impossible, impossible, more is just impossible!) Does it never ends?!! And after the first shock of AGAIN a new meal, everbody was like: minna, gambare!!!!! (everybody, apply yourself, give your best!). At least, the plates weren't to big, so we made the deal that everybody had to ate from every plat at least one-two pieces!xD real teamwork.  And a sigh of relief roamed through the room, when the dessert, a little piece of cheese-cake, was served, and after everybody had eaten the last piece, we were all like: "yatta!!!!mina, otskaresama deshita!!"(yeah!!!everybody, you did well, good job!!xD) Well, that was more or less my first day, after the end of the nightmare called dinner:P, we went to our rooms, and after a bit talking with ai-chan and ayaka-chan, my room mates, I went straightway to bed, because I felt tired to death.

Thursday, we packed everthing, because we knew we would spent the night at another hotel, brought our stuff to the busses and went to the breakfast, where already some students ate, as if they didn't have seen groceries for the last three days - typically the thinnest of all!-.-'' (I REALLY wonder, where the whole nutrients are going to?! I mean, do they just escape into the air or so??! I'm jealous!-.-''). I really wondered how there could be space in their stomaches, I didn't eat to much, just because I was still full from the horror dinner the day before. However, aver breakfast, we went to our busses (this time, separated per activity, which means that I got to know new people and there were also guys on the trip which I wrote here I wanted to become frineds with - but exept for toriyama-kun and his friend, I hardy talked with them, because they were always "my pace"->means that they did their own thing the whole day through!-.-'')
However, I was in the group visiting a glass-museum and blowing your own glass cup, which was really fun!^^And the journey on the way there was pretty cool as well, since we drove on a beach highway, which means that on our left handside was sea, and our bus drove on SAND!!!:D:D:D It was my first time experiencing this, and it was so much fun. Everybody who knows me knows, that I love nothing as much as the sea! So I was so happy hen i heard that we would make a break on the beach for about 20 minutes, and the best thing was, that on this place, they'd made a sandcastle contest, so we could make REALLY cool pictures!!/^o^/ And when everybody went to the shore, the girls just looking from a safe place and the guys always jumping back when a little wave came, I couldn't hold myself back and just got rid of my shoes and overknees, in order to enter the sea. And everybody was like: EEEEEHHHHH, maji??!!(are you serious?!) After they recovered from the fact, that their oh-so-cute and oh-so-girlish, sometimes even pet-like treated exchange student now is standing barefeet in the middle of the sea, even if the sun wasn't shining, they were like:

...SHASHIN, ONEGAISHIMASU!!/ HAI, CHIIIISSUUUUUUUU!!!!(Please, let me take a photo/and cheeeseeeeee!!)

xD I think, if some of the students could have had a bit the feeling that I could eventually be a little princess or snobbish, they defenitely  changed the image of me that day!>:D And that was time, although  i like the fact that they think of me as girlish(which also IS a part of me), I didn't like the fact that the Image of me in their head was like pink, full of cute ribbons, hearts and barbie-horses, that defenitely was a bit over the top, don't you think so?^^:P
Well, after this school trip, some of them defenitely know also a bit of my crazy part, and I have the feeling, they like me even more now!^w^

I bought a omiyage at the glass factory for my nakayoshi(which means a really good friend), which she's going to receive on christmas. You wonder who? Hint: I promised to be her bra forever!;D
I decided to always do it like that: When I visit other place, I always only buy one omiyage, and in the end, I decide whose it'll be, depending on for who it's fitting the best!:D
Our hotel was absolutely fabulous, since it was in traditional Japanese style. And the food was SO GOOD there, I think most of us (including the teachers) are holding a diet now!xP And there were three different onsen, one was in the third floor and always for women, two were in the first floor and were supposed to change every day, but when we were there, they stayed two days the same, and changed the day we left. We went to the onsen like maniacs, like two hours before dinner and after sinner once more for 1-2 hours, and the following day as well. But since we all were really curious how the men's onsen look like, and since we left really early saturday, we woke up at 04:30, just because we also wanted to take a bath in the mens onsen, which changed that day into the women's onsen!xD maniacs, definitely, but it was worth it, even if it wasn't to different from the women's onsen!!xP

The next day, we went to a museum and afterwards, we got again into new groups, depending on activities. I was in the porcelain painting group, and sat together with my friend in the next-to-last row, at our left were two other friends, and in the last row sat the most part of the guys joining the trip, but again, there was like a big, dark cloud above their heads, which didn't even make you think of talking with them!-.-'' It's hard to explain, but they always have this"we want to stay amongst us"aura, which is so keenly that it is nearly impossible to break t, especially if you just know them by seeing. However, when we finished our porcelain, I had to hurry back, because our group was a bit late. However,  didn't see that my friend changed seats in the meantime, and since I was late, I just hurried back to our old places, where I sat lonely now. And the best thing was, that my friends to the left decided to take a nap, or better to fall into a corpse-like state, from which they surely wouldn't recover to soon. And I didn't even have to take a look behind me, I felt the dark cloud all around me, black and menacing, ready to fire deadly thunderbolts or something like that on me, if I 'd only dare to think of breaking through it!=.='' So I decided, really pissed on and a bit depressed, to take a nap as well. When I woke up, maybe an hour had passed by, and I was just thinking of wether i shouldn't try to fall asleep once again, when I noticed some murmuring and whispering from my back: "Oh, I think she woke up now!""Don't you think we should...""do we really should?""okay!" then it was silent again, and I decided to stay calm, in order to find out what exactly they were talking about. Some time passed, maybe 1 or 2 minutes, but they whispered so quietly, that I couldn't understand a single word. I just played with the thought to take a nap once more, now even more pissed on, when I heard a really quiet, shy voice, asking in the politest Japanese you can think of: "Akuma-san??...........Excuse me, Akuma-san(nobody calls me with my full name, not to mention with the ending -san, they just call me aku-chan!)? What would you think of playing a game with us?"

When I recovered from the shock they had SPOKEN with me, I immediately turned my head back and asked with a smile: "Which kind of game?:D" It was a Iphone-app, which functions like the post-it game: You think of a celebrity, and the other person asks questions which the iphone asks, in order to find out which celebrity it is in the end - mine was the opposite of close: I thought of christina aguilera, and the iphone suggested Jennifer Lopez in the end!-.-'' X) But it was good to break the ice, especially because it was the iphone of the guy with the scary sight, which in truth just seemed to be extremely shy, but he was the one explaining everything I didn't understand so long and so well until I got it. He's SO NICE!! Now, I definitely want to become friends with him! And after the iphone app, they asked me, wether I knew some card games - which I unfortunately had to answer in the negative - I rarely play cards, since we are only two persons at home, so I don't know to much trump-games- but when I said this, one of them was like: EEH, BUT MY FRIEND HERE KNOWS A COOL CARD-TRICK HE CAN SHOW YOU, RIGHT?!?!! xD They wanted to keep conversation at any costs!^^ Afterwards, we played Old maid, in German schwarzer Peter, in Japanese Babanuki, since it seemed to be international and all of us knew the rules. Now, i know the names of them, the one with the Iphone app is Shou-kun (this is another privilege I seem to have with the Japanese guys here, normally, you call them with their family-name and the ending -kun, sometimes with the nickname, but it's rarely that you call them with their given name, not even to mention with the shortform of their given names, but Shou-kun as well as the other guys just introduced themselves like that!^w^  - maybe because I told them after the third time calling me "akuma-san" to just call me "aku-chan" like everybody does!^^) after that, we talked until we arrived at our hotel, and the next day, they said good-mornig with a big smile on their face - I hope so bad that the dark cloud won't seem as menacing as before from now on, because they really seem to be nice - GAMBARIMASU!!! (I'll give my best!!!!:D)

Saturday: The  last day of our school-trip, we went to an old village, where we made our own traditional japanese fence and Japanese  Soba-noodles by ourselves!:D Oh yeah, I nearly forgot to mention my personal paparazzi - our school engaged a photograph for the whole trip, and since I'm a foreigner and exchange student, he always took twice as much photos from the groups I hired in as he took from the other groups!-.-^^'' Even when we were eating, he came like: OOOOOH, VEEERRY NICE!! AND POSE!ALL TOGETHER! SMILE PLEASE! JUST ONE MORE!! xD we always said when we saw him: OHH, look who's join us, it's the paparazzi!x)

I can just say: THANK YOU, MUM, that I could join this trip, it was SO COOL and so much fun!:D:D:D And I got in touch with a lot of people I've never seen before, or never would have thought to get in touch with!/^0^/ And the best thing is: After I returned, everybody said: OMYGAWD, your Osaka-ben(dialect spoken in Osaka) is much stronger than before!:D Probably because I was always with people speaking the osaka-ben!^w^ To sum up: I made progress (new people, language), regress (xD I just say good food!...But it's luckily not as bad as I thought of!^^'') and I really had unexpected luck (Shou-kun and co!o^w^o)

Well that was it for now, soon more, your akuma-chan

...NO,WAIT! One thing more I have to say: I'm glad there are some people reading my blog, and I'm happy that I get good feedback for it. But there are still a bunch of lurkers, and this fact I don't like to much (lurkers= people just reading without leaving comments etc.) I'd really love to hear your opinions, thoughts etc., so I'd friendly ask you to leave now and on a comment on my blog - I like it to have contact with my readers!^.- And  If you look to your right hand side, there is a blue button with"mitglied dieser Website werden" which means "become a member of this website". So, If you read my blog regular and if you have a google account, why don't you join'in?^w^

Well, THAT was it for now, kindly,

with a cheshire cat-like grin,

your cheeky devil
aka akuma-chan!>;D

Mittwoch, 5. Oktober 2011

Muri, muri MURI!! What? Nampa. Nampa?Nampa!!....EEEEEEHHH?!?!!! Level up or: several times the first...!

So, as you can see,

a true devil always keeps his/her promise, and that's the reason why I'm writing now.

The last week was really good, because there is a lot of stuff I'm sure you guys want to know about!>:D

So, to tell it from the start, I entered in the Kendo-Club!!/^0^/ Now I'm learning three times a week how to handle the Katana (even if it's just a bamboo trainings sword^^), how to shout MEEEEEN! the right way and how to run in kendo-style!:D
The first time I just watched and tried on kendo clothes afterwards. And because i can lend them, we had to find some fitting ones; and now I don't need so buy them!*wheew*!!^o^ Well, my body had two problem areas: My Legs (to long) and my breast(I think I don't need to explain!;P)
..So finally, I'm wearing the trousers of a really tall teacher and the shirt of the son of my kendo teacher, which has to be a real muscle packet,  but still the sleeves are way to short (they should be about 3/4, mine are like T-shirt sleeves!xD) But it was so funny, because my Senpai, a third grader, repeated whith every new shirt I tried on: The BREAST, the BREAST!!0o0'' And when tried on the next one, she always said: That's good, isn't it?? When I told her my cupsize she nearly keeled over and exclaimed: WHOOOAH, that's so cool, that has to be really good!xD And when we finally found a fitting outfit, everyone that entered the room, said it, but my teacher was the funniest: Looking at me, he exclaimed in a really high voice: ASHI!! NAGAIIIIIIIIII!!!!!00 (Sheesh, long legs!)x'D I have the feeling that the Kendo dress brings the advantages of my body out, instead of hide them as it should!!x)

Well, that were my first experiences with kendo!^w^

The rest of the week was relatively uninteresting, I nearly fell off the chair everyday, because I was so sleepy, and one time the Kendo teacher wasn't there and we were only three persons, we made kakigori (kind of slush) by  ourselves instead of training, since nobody came!-.-''x)
my Senpai is so funny!x)

Oh, and since until now i have only female friends I decided I want to manage to become friends with Eka-chan (the cat-eyes guy), because he's so friendy and funny, with Toriyama-kun (the guy with the warm smile), Toma-kun (a funny third grader ) and Seya-kun(the hottie) and with a guy I don't even know the name of, but he's acting really strange towards me (not as worse as Sei, but in this direction).

But first, I don't like to be ignored, and second, I somehow think he's a funny person if you manage to become friends with him - challenge!!!>:D

WELL, the real interesting part of the week was my week-end: I went my my homeroom teacher nakamura-sensei and my friend Valerie to a meeting for exchange students and people that are interested in the culture differences at the Kansai-university, and this just because I couldn't say no, and Valerie was nice enough also to come so we'd at least have someone to talk if it would get boring.
At first, we really felt out of our element, but it turned out to be really funny, especially because our group leaders, which were students of the university, were so funny (one of them was called GORILLA!xD).
Well, it felt like eternity until we could eat our lunch, we all nearly fell off the chair!-.-'' But we went with Gorilla and the other students together to eat in the cafeteria, and ate lunch there all together. (OMG, they have a little conbini there, so cool!00'') However, after lunch, Valerie and me wanted to buy something to drink, so we went inside the cafeteria, where now also "normal" students arrived.

Well, in the mean time  I REALLY got used to be starred at (just think of the story with the couple or the maid), but this was once again a very different beast: One of the students (a really good looking one!^w^) walked into the cafeterie, saw me, and was like rooted on the spot, while he continued to stare at me, as if he'd see Santa Claus or as if I'd be a species from another planet(ALIEN!xD)! I was really perplex at first, but then I asked what's wrong, and he began to talk with me (he wanted to impress me with his English, which really wasn't to bad, until Valerie explained him that we both are exchange students and I 'd understand a bit Japanese as well). From then, he spoke really fast in Japanese, but I understood mostly everything, until  he asked me something, and Valerie replied really fast: Gomen, demo muri!(Sorry, this is just IMPOSSIBLE!>:) And I was like: HUUUh, what's impossible?! And she was like : doesn't play a role now. After that, we had to go, and the student seemed to be a bit disappointed when we said goodbye. Afterwards, I asked Val again, and she said: Didn't you recognize this was a NAMPA?? And I was like: NAMPA?? What's nampa?! She explained me, that when she had replied with "MURI", he asked us to undertake something togheter, for example to drink/eat something together. A situation like this is called NAMPA, it's when a man hits on a woman and invite her to drink/eat something together.But if you're a woman, you should usually refuse the offer, because nampa includes that the man pays everything and afterwards, it's often said that the man expects you to have sex with him. When she said that I was like:......

xD well, afterwards she said that this guy without much doubt would have been harmless, especially because he asked the both of us, but in fact wanted to go out with me. So we both regretted a bit to have rebuffed him, it would surely have been funny!X) But we learned that we should go more often to universities, because there the guys are a bit older and therefore not as shy as highschool students!-.-'' it's really hard to get in touch with them, especially if your in a *all-girls-class*!-.-'' And HELL, this guy would have been exactly my type!=o=''

 However, this was my FIRST NAMPA!!!x') (And the first time someone starred at me as if I'd be an alien)

In the evening we told my family about it and we all had to laugh, except for Riya, who for some reason didn't think of it as funny..00? And my Family saw my Afro-look the first time, as well as me with straight hair - short explanation: I usually don't use the blowdryer for my hair, because it looks afterwards like an Afro-bush! After they laughed enough, I decided
to iron it, which Valerie did for me.:D
Well, the next day, we went window-shopping in Ame-mura again, since we weren't in the mood to buy anything, but it was much fun anyway (my third time I made purikura!^w^) It was a really cool day, but when I went home i felt terribly sick!-.-'' Luckily, I brought coral calcium with me, so the sickness went over relatively quick.^_^ And my Hmother told me, that Riya was really worried about that something could happen to us (with something he meant especially nampa)^w^ Riya is so cute, he's the type that never would say open that he's worried about something/someone, but you get the message through someone other in the end!:3 He really seems to like me, I don't know why or when it happend, but the ice seems to be broken between us, we banter each other and laugh,  and even valerie had to say: They seem now as if they were real siblings!^_^ I think somehow we have an akin character!^^(both sometimes just crazy and BAKA/AHO!!xD)
I feel now general the first time to become a real part of the family, until now I still had a bit the feeling to be a guest, but this weekend was the first time I really realized to become part of my hostfamily!!^0^
I think it's exactly this bantering that I missed until now!:D

And generally, since last week, suddenly everybody tells me: Hey, you made a progress, your Japanese got a bit better!^w^ For example, today my teacher came and said in Japanese, that we have to clean up
and explained what to do, and in the end she asked me wether I understood everything, and I explained in own words in japanese, what I'd to do, to show her that I understood. Then she was like: Wow, amazing, your a  LEVEL UP!!xD
I had a hard time not to laugh, because this is an insider joke between some of us exchange students!x)

But I'm so glad to hear that, this is also the first time I feel myself that I got better.

And now the really BEST thing, something I was so looking forward all the time, and didn't even realize at first: From sunday to this monday, I dreamed the first time in JAPANESE!!!!!!!!!!/^0^/ This is always said to be a really good thing, because it shows you really settled in and that your language is becoming better!!o^w^o

Why I didn't realize it?! I dreamed something really similar to what all happened in the last time, different memories, with just little differences in it, so it really took me long until I found out that this weren't memories but a dream!!xD So typical me!^^'' The mostpart was about my family and Riya; I think the broken ice between him and me could have been the flashpoint for my first Japanese dream.^w^

For example, my sister is studying English, and I always correct her homework, since homework also gives marks in Japan. So yesterday, she came home with a really happy face and told me that she got the first time such a high score - for the homework I looked over.
And I told my family from the start, if you have any questions I can help with, especially in English, ask me, because that's something I really CAN help with.

So, while we were talking about her normal and her new score, Riya squinched  up his face more and more, and when my sister said: Oh, it's truly great luck we chose her, since she really is a good teacher, he became really silent, until he finally replied "hmpf yeah, it's just a pitty my major English test was YESTERDAY!=.=*" In a little bit "pissed-on"mood.
And I, also a bit pissed on, replied: "You truuuuuuuuuuuly are an I.D.I.O.T, sice I told you to ask me!*hmpf*"
Then nobody said something, until I asked:
..............."when do you have your next test?"
.................."In december."
................"WEEEELL, dear Riya, once more: If there is anything I can help with, just A.S.K.*satiric smirk, bowing eyebrow*"

After that, we all burst into laughter, and Riya smiled with an elfish shimmer in his eyes, as you often see it in the eyes of little boys after they did something they shouldn't do!x) I really like him, he has a magnificent exhilarant character which can really make your day!x')

Well, that was it for a while, I'll write more as soon as possible, since I will be on class trip next week!:D TANOSHIMII(and a good chance to become friendc with eka-chan&co !>:D^^)

Don't fall off your chair in the meantime,
with a cheshire cat-like grin,

your akuma-chan

Dienstag, 4. Oktober 2011

searching for ears, she is cute, ohime-sama or: The lights of Tokyo

Hey there,

finally I could bring myself to write this post, sorry for being late, but I feel so tired this week!-.-'' And when I finished it the first time and wanted to upload it, this stupid computer had whatever a problem, so I can write the whole s***...ehhhm sugar again!-.-''

Well, anyway, in this post I'm gonna write about my Tokyo Trip, which just was so much fun!:D

But before I do that I just give a short review of my last week, because it was really interesting:

Monday: I woke up at seven o'clock, still tired, as usual, and dressed myself into my plane uniform, as usual, went downstairs and opened the door, in order to say good morning to my family, as usual, but when I entered the room, there were no lights, and nobody but my Hmother was there, totally UNUSUAL! With a less puzzled than amused view she looked at me and asked:"Oooooh, did nobody tell you? today is holiday, it's the the of respect for the aged people! Didn't you know?!" And I was like:
.................=.=*** NOOO, I didn't know, since nobody told me....-.-'' Well then, oyasumi once more!-.-

Two hours later, I went downstairs again, but this time in my own clothes. We ate breakfast, and after that, I had much fun with my family at Osaka seaworld(only Riya weren't there, he had ARBAITO, the japanese word for part time job, which was originally German!xD)!:D

Tuesday: Normal school day

Wednesday: Supposed to be a normal school day, but because a typhoon arrived, we didn't have to go to school and had a extra holiday-day! ^o^

Thursday: The day our Tokyo trip started!^^We had to get up reeeally  early (4:30) and left for the shinkansen, a fast-drive-train, which is just  COOL (really much space for legs and comfortable seats!^^) maybe we coud have seen the great Fuji-san, but we overslept nearly the whole journey!^^'' When we arrived at Tokyo, we took immediately the next metro leaving for disneyland,  where we spent the whole day with visiting attractions, waiting in a line in order to ride the next roller coaster, talking about the differences between Swiss and Japanese couples and having muuuch fun!^o^ ...And with searching for new ears!x) Since everybody walked around there with ears from whatever disney character (even my sister brought some with her), I also wanted to have some new ones. But it was quite hard to find some cute ones, because there were so many shops around, but they just sold plane or reeeally kitschy ones, but in the end I've found some nice ones and could also take part in the "omg,we are so disney"club!^o^xD And in Disneyland, they sold a lot of pop corn, with just weird aromas, for example curry, black pepper, strawberry and :MILK TEA!! When we saw it, even my sister had to say that she'd never seen this before. We wondered the whole day about it, until we shared a little pack in the end, just because we were too curious not to give it a try. And I really have to say: IT'S JUST DELICIOUS!!!! Hey people, if you get the chance, TRY IT, IT'S SO YUMMY!!!!!!!<3<3<3
Oh, and another story I have to tell is following: Everybody knows I'm a bit crazy. Okay, you can leave the "a bit" out. My friends could all tell you that this is nothing but the truth. But crazy people have more fun, right?? because they are brave enough to do things which normal people think of as just to embarrassing to do. Especially Japanese. Especially my sister. example given: When we stood in lie in order to ride the next coaster, we saw a bunch of japanese guys +- at the same age as me, of whose one didn't look Japanese at all, but spoke fluently Japanese. So we wondered a while about it, until my sister joked: You could ask him. And i simply walked to them and asked from which country he was from. They were just completely flabbergasted that a foreigner talked to them at first, then they burst into laughter. They asked me something I didn't understand,  which made them even more lughing. but in the end, I found out that he was half Philippino, and that's what counts, right. And my sister was totally weirded out by the fact I really asked them, and even more embarrassed, because this acting was definitely NOT Japanese!!xD She was like: OMG,  I DON'T KNOW YOU, I DON'T KNOW YOU!!!>///<  x'D  In the evening, we saw the fireworks and the show of disney sea, after that we bought   some souvenirs (we have a partner necklace now!^w^) and finally went back to our hotel!:) great start, I would say!!^o^

Friday: We slept long (until 10:00, which is reeally long in Japan, I think this was the first time I slept that long since I'm here 00'') Afterwards, we went shopping in harajuku!!<3<3 And I fell in Love. With a Store called FOREVER 21!!!!!<3<3<3 OMG, it's like H&M in Europe, but a hundred times better and about 8 floors, full with adorable outfits!!^0^I bought a looot of new things in Harajuku, a new handbag and backpack amongst other things.^w^
After that, we went to Akihabara, where we visited a maid-café!!!xD It was so much fun, but I was really surprised that there weren't more Otakus!0.o Of course there were, but the most part of the customers were normal guests as we were(normal??xD). The maids were all totally fan of me, and they nearly keeled over when they got the fact I can speak a bit Japanese. When I waited for the toilet to become free, I felt something in my hair and turned around, looking directly in the fascinated saucer eyes of a maid, touching my hair. She starred at me like spellbonded, and then spoke hesitant in English: She...she is.. very CUTO(the cute she spoke with Japanese accent!>//<)!! And when I replied in japanese, she totally keeled over of enjoyment.
But it's so funny to see how the maids act among each other (normal)and if they serve a customer. For example, there were two guest(Otakus), of whom one ordered a Drink. So, if an adult orders a drink in this maid café, the maids act as in a play: This Otaku had to say his name in the micro(he introduced himself as "Shou-chan", which is a bit weird for a man, because "chan" is normally used to make names cuter, so you usually only use them for girls and kids!0o') However, one maid shook the drink while another said: MOE MOE CUTE CUTE, OISHII KUNADE(cute, cute, CUTE, CUTE, may it come out delicious), which she replied several times. In the mean time, a 3rd maid walked around in the room and asked every male customer: Shou-chan? Shou-chan? then the guest had to negate, and she exclaimed "surprised": CHIGAU YO! chigau yo!! (It's not him, it's not him) and walked to the next guest, in order to repeat the whole thing, until she finally "found" the real Shou-chan. After that, he had to dance a really strange looking, but amusing Otaku-dance, which seemed to be a bit embarrassing for poor shou-chan (I wonder why??xD) until he finally got his drink.
After saying the maids farewell, we met my sister's cousin, Kenji-oniisan, which guided us through Akihabara, because I was still looking for kakkoii Headphones and thought about buying a illustration pad and software to draw mangas on my mac, but since everything was only available in Japanese I decided to wait until the end of my exchange year!^^''
Well, After visiting Akihabara's Electronic and Otaku malls, we got on top of the breathtaking Tokyo tower!!! The view by night is just absolutely A.M.A.Z.I.N.G! The lights of Tokyo are spellbounding, and I can only imagine how romantic it has to be to go there with the person you love....

Finally, we went to the Roppongi hills, where the top of the top live. In fact, we wanted to eat dinner together there, but Kenji-oniisan got a call from his CRYING girlfriend. Why? Oh, just because he has forgotten her the whole day. And you know what? When we exclaimed: OMG, go home to her!!! he was like: Nooooo, since I've already forgotten her the whole day, we can go and eat together, these one or two hours more don't play a role anymore... And we were like: SHOOOOOOCK!!!! Impossible!!IMPOSSIBLE!!! You have to go to her, NOW!! You really are the worst boyfriend in the entire world!! Finally, he could be convinced to go home!-.-'' Really - MEN!!!!-.-''=o=''
My sister and I also went back to our hotel ,with a stop in a noodle restaurant.:)

Saturday: The last day, we went to see the old Part of Tokyo, where we visited a giant temple. There was incense which is said to bring genius to whoever breaths in it's smoke -MAY IT HELP!!!!^o^
we also draw a written fortune tell, which was bad for both of us, for this reason we left it there. But in my case it fitted eerily well: Because i always quest to be better than good, I could want to much on one time and getting confused! This is exactly, what easily can happen to me, nee, mum??00''^^''
I also bought a omamori there, a lucky charm. I chose the one for success, because you can apply that in ALL areas of life!-.^<3
When we left, we made a couple of photos, and suddenly a person asked me: Ohime-sama, futaritomou no shashin o torimasuka? (princess, shall I take a photo of the two of you?) I keeled really over, because I've gotten used to words like"cut, pretty or beautiful" here in Japan, which is a strange fact in itself, because in Switzerland, I never heard these words as often to "get used" to it!-.-'' but it was the first time that somebody seriously called me "princess"!00'' And when I replied in Japanese that i'm definitely NO princess, he was even more convinced!x)-.-''

After seeing old Tokyo, we went shopping once more in Harajuku (where we made Purikura together , a really funny kind of pass photos, but extra for friends and much cheaper, and you can decorate them afterwards - soon on facebook)and Shibuya, a real famous shopping mall, where I bought a cute ribbon for my uniform!^0^ But we forgot time and had to hurry for our train back to Osaka. At the Entrance, my sister changed her face color about three time, until I asked her whats wrong - She lost her ticket. Well, if you loose your ticket in switzerland, you can get a new one, because you book on your name. In Japan, you have to buy a new one - which is really expensive!-.-''  While my sister was talking to a train man, she told me to pass the entrance, and when I turned around the next time, she wasn't there anymore!00'' After the first shock  called her, but she didn't took the phone. So I just stood there a few minutes, feeling a bit lost...But then I received a call from her, telling me in a hurry that I should ride the shinkansen on my own. before I could say anything more, she already hung up, and I was again on my own. Well, I wasn't afraid or so, but the fact that the whole information on the ticket was written in Kanji, which I usually can't read yet, was everything but helpful. I knew i had to go to platform 14, and asked there a train man to help me. Typical me, I had to pick the slowest of all: WEEEEEEEEELL, LEEEEEETS SEEEEEEEE...........AHHHHH, OOOOOOOKAAAAAY, I SEEEEEEE! HMMMMMM, THIS IS A BIT DIIIIIIIIIFFIIIIICUUUUUUULT....!! About five minutes later, I knew what I could have known after ca. 30 sec, to wit that I missed the train(because this bastard was so slooooow!-.-***), but could ride the next train as well, just in the car for unbooked seats. which was the foremost. I was just entering the car, when I got another call from my sister. I ended up going back to the entrance, because someone luckily found her ticket, so we could ride together in the end.x) Somehow fits that perfectly my way...^^
But the whole trip was just so cool, and I really love my family! My sister is such a cool person, she's so cute!!!^w^

And Sunday, I went shopping for the first time with Japanese friends!/^0^/ we went to America-mura, a part of Namba which is said to be dangerous in the evening for a woman, because there are a lot of black people around there and a lot of criminal/dangerous men too, but in the day and with friends it's ok, and it's a really interesting place!!^o^ We also took Purikura together, and ate takoyaki, a speciality from Osaka, which is reeeally yummy!o^w^o I just returned  bit late (about 9 o clock, which is late in Japan, high school students don't go out as late as in Europe/America!-.-'') But luckily, my family wasn't angry!*phuuuuuuuu*!!!^_^
Well, this was my week before last week, sorry for being so late, but I was so busy I couldn't write it a second time this week. This week, I'll write about the ast week, which was reeeeaaaally interesting as well, so check it out, it will be on this week, promised!!!!!<3

^.- your akuma-chan

P.s: I'm also planning to write a little vocabulary list, so that I don't always have to explain simple words, it will be more fun for me to write and for you to read as well!D