Moving to Japan: A Day of Triumph

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Captain’s Log: Day 31

Hello Brave New World! Ironically in this modern day and age where technology has made even “instant” a hashtag, getting the internet hooked up in my apartment in Tokyo took F.O.R.E.V.E.R.

Going 3 weeks without proper internet is much like Tom Hanks with no Wilson, hopelessly casted away from modern comforts and with no buddy to call on. During which I survived one 5 level earthquake, had my stress levels tested repeatedly dealing with starting from absolute “zero” and mastered being a one-dish wonder for the past month. Needless to say, I’m feeling pretty satisfied with myself and my urban survival skills and I hope that the next few months will be a lot more smoother without the cookie trail of language-barrier mess I have been making along the way to perfect my Japanese at Waseda University.

Backtracking to last month’s adventure since my absence, here’s a few highlights from my travels in Seoul.

Location: Hongdae Free Market

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After a failed first attempt due to bad weather I finally had the chance to go to the Hongdae Free Market!

It’s a small arts and crafts market very close to Hongik University driven to support local talent and the art community. If you drop by, I highly recommend you get your self portrait drawn by one of the few artists who have set up shop for the day. You won’t regret it!

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Courtesy of Sungho. He’s very talented, I love it!

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Location: Bills, Jamsil

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I wanted to take the Unnie out for some birthday brunch and found that Bills had opened a restaurant in Jamsil.

What a perfect choice! It was like a little slice of home-away-from-home.

Bills’ Banana and Ricotta Pancakes are so popular, they even have a special take away sign especially for it!

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Flowers for the Unnie.

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Thank God Bills also has a restaurant here in Tokyo. I need more of this in my life!

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Location: Wicked Snow, Garosugil

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Granted, this is a chain patbingsu cafe but no other place could offer you this view of people watching by an opened window while eating shaved ice right?

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Location: Edae

I unfortunately forgot the name of this sweet little coffee shop that is near Edae University that had a nice collection of art zines and books to keep you occupied while you relax. I like how they roast their own beans and appear more like an indie coffee supply shop.

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Looking forward, I hope to do some traveling inside Japan during my time here especially since autumn is here!

There are still some things that make me very uneasy to fully enjoy my time here at the moment (no matter how I look at it, I am technically, unemployed) but I am hopeful I am able to overlook this soon to share with you some amazing sights in Japan!

If you have any questions about Japan or about Waseda, do let me know!

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Until Next Time!

Xx

Siree

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