April 13, 2010

Panda Caper


I spend my Spring vacation meeting up with friends basically every day. While we did ordinary things like going to karaoke and shopping most of the time, one day we went to Ueno zoo. I must say I was very disappointed. Ueno zoo is known for its fantastic Panda exhibit which lots of people talk about.

I was really looking forward to seeing a live Panda again but when I arrived I saw a bit sign at the gate that said there are no more Pandas (apparently the last one died not long ago). Least we could take our picture with a huge fake panda. We weren't in much of a mood to look at other animals after such a disappointment with the Pandas but we decided to walk around anyways since we were already there. We watched the monkeys, reptiles, zebras and pretty much everything else. It actually ended up being quite a bit of fun and the Panda problem has now become a big joke amongst my friends and I.

April 13, 2010

Spring Vacation

The spring vacation has been a looooong vacation. During the break I visited lots of places including Akabane, Ikebukuro, Hamamaccho, Shibuya, Shinjuku, Harajuku, and Ueno (赤羽、池袋、浜松町、渋谷、新宿、原宿 and 上野 in Japanese). I have done a lot of tourism and bought a lot of gifts and items for myself.

But one special place that I went to in Ueno is the National Museum of Nature and Science. It was an interesting place that featured a lot exhibits of both the pre-modern era and today’s technology.

I have spent my vacation very meaningfully, and a new school year has started, so I will try my best to finish the rest of my stay in Japan successfully.

April 12, 2010

On to 2 nensei (second year)

2nd year student sports day

Hello again, Fraser here. There are lots of fun cultural activities in Japan that I have enjoyed taking part in. However, my best experiences in Japan haven’t been the cultural aspects; it’s the changes in me. In a foreign country, you have to talk to people you wouldn’t normally want to be friends with. This my sound bad but you get to meet lots of new and different people this way. I have made a few great friends this way. Even if our interests are totally different, we have a similar mindset about many things.

April 12, 2010

End of the year reflection

Myself at the second from right at Ai's last day.

Almost two thirds of my time in Japan is now over and I would like to reflect a bit. I really enjoy Japan, and especially Tokyo, because there are so many things to do in your free-time. Even if you just meet up spontaneously with friends, you can always go to karaoke, go shopping, or do anything else that catches your fancy. I also like that the city has so many different sides. No matter where you go, you will always find a specialty shop or something new. Whether it’s the clothes people are wearing, the style of the buildings, or the staff of the shops, it never gets boring. Also, even if it sounds a little weird, I like all the attention you get from the locals. Back in your home country you are just an average person, but in Japan you are regarded as something exotic. Even in Tokyo where there are quite a few foreigners.



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Seiritsu Gakuen is a private co-educational high school created in 1925 and it is located in Tokyo, Japan.

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