May 26, 2014

10 tips on learning Japanese

1. Make notes - Notes will help you not only remember words but get used to writing them down. If you don't work your hand, you wont learn to remember how to write the words and it is easy to forget. Notes can always be re-written over and over again if you feel the notes are too messy, or for re-practicing. You should be writing down important points that you want to look back on later.

2. Use what skills you have - A lot of people worry about looking up stuff in the dictionary right away when they don't know how to say something, or they spend too much time trying to explain something they just can't. Use what vocabulary you already know so that you can get your point across, and worry about learning the more harder words at a later time.

3. Be patient - Japanese takes years to be fluent in, and it isn't something you can just master in only 10 mins. There will be times where you just don't understand anything, and that is ok. You will get there.

4. Talk to yourself - Nothing is wrong with talking to yourself when you have nooone to practice with. It is better than no chance at all to use your mouth mussels, Without practice you wont get any better. 

5. Studying is not work  - If you think of studying as a chore or something not fun, you wont ever learn. Think of studying as something fun and something you love. Find a way to incorporate studying into your hobbies. 

6. Look up unknown words - When you see a word you don't know, do your best to find out what it means. Especially if it is the only word you don't understand.

7. Skip unknown words - Sometimes there are too many words you don't know, that you will be spending too much time looking them up. In this case, skip over them and try to understand the sentence without them.

8. Don't be shy - Being afraid to use your skills will only give you less chances to practice and get better.

9. Use multiple resources - One website or book wont teach you it all, you need to use as much resources as you can. More resources will give you different ways to study.

10. Don't be discouraged - Making mistakes is a good thing. It helps you learn so you don't do it again. Don't be upset that people are better than you, you can be just as good as anyone, it just takes time. Don't feel upset if people laugh at your errors, they are just a-holes. ;)

May 20, 2014

Random shopping in Japan

Since a lot of you guys like my shopping blogs I decided to take pictures of what I bought yesterday.

The store LUSH is a natural, vegan friendly beauty products store. It is in a lot of countries and if you are used to it, then you will be happy to know it exists in Japan.

Till last year, the names on the packages were written in Japanese but for some reason they changed it all to English. This made it confusing for me because I forgot what the names of the products I liked in English were, and had to go re-smelling around to find it.

I will let you know right away, since the lush products are made here in Japan their smells vary slightly.

For example, in Canada I used to LOVE leaf lettuce, but the one in Japan doesn't smell anything like it so I can't buy it :(. However I found OATIFIX which is SOOO GOOD I just want to eat it.  In the picture there is a sticker that says "you can't eat this" in Japanese.

I don't know if you have the products above in your country, some of the products are actually only available in Japan at the Japanese lush.

Another one of my addictions is buying organic products. I don't like lots of sugar or all these fake flavored stuff so I prefer to buy organic.

These kabocha waffle cookies are so good. I also bought coconut water which tastes really good, but it has 20g of sugar....thats a lot. I didn't realize that it had so much sugar on it when I look at it.

I am the kinda person who doesn't need to add sugar to anything at all.

The fruit that is seen in this picture is BIWA, figs and plums. Biwa is a type of Japanese fruit that is hard to explain the taste for those who never had it sorry.

I mentioned this before but I hate when people say fruit is expensive in Japan. Sure sometimes it can be, especially when it is off season or high quality brand name. But other times it is really cheap.

Japan also isn't a country that focuses on mass production and low cost production of things. Japan is about quality. Fruit also isn't a major staple for the people of Japan, except for me the girl who eats a whole watermelon per day.

This is something new I came across "Ice plant". I tried searching how to eat it in English but hardly anything came up, which leads me to believe that its not available in English speaking countries. In Japanese there was plenty of articles on it, though this is not a common thing to eat at all.

It looks like a alien, like there are small dew like drops on it but they are hard like rubbery.

If anyone had a starfruit, it tastes like that but without the sweet taste. It was kinda good.

May 13, 2014

Getting ass massage in Japan

So yesterday 2 of my friends invited me to get a massage with them. They wanted to have a nice relaxing week so our choices were either massage or onsen.  I am too shy to be naked around people so I though massage would be much better.

I have never went to a professional massage shop before. I have heard many terrible stories of people going to a massage place and it hurting so much. Some people believe that pushing extra hard will hurt at first, but after feel good.  I am not one to believe such a thing.

I searched online for nice massage shop to go to and came across one in Shinjuku. So we all went there.

It wasn't a fancy store, it didn't have sensational music or coconut tree decorations or anything interesting. Just massage beds and curtians to cover the room.

This place you could rent shorts and a T-shirt if you were to shy to show your body, so I thought that meant it was ok to go naked if you wanted to.  I put the shorts on, but at first I didn't put my shirt on and just laid down on the table. I figured I was only going to be laying on my back so nobody would see anything. 

The guy walked in to give me a massage and shyly and embarrassingly said "maybe you should put your shirt on because you will be turned over and I will see you". So we both laughed and said oh ok, and then I put the shirt on they provided me.

This store also doesn't massage directly on the body, but over a towel.... Which is kinda strange since usually I see massage store adds with people rubbing oil all over someone. 

Anyways the massage started, felt good till he got to the lower back which hurt like a bitch and I thought my back was gonna rip in half. I was too shy to say anything and just grinned and bared it. He kept getting lower and lower and I was thinking the whole time "is he gonna touch my ass?".

After all it was a "full body" massage, I didn't know what to expect. I have seen all the strange videos and heard all the stories of the "happy endings" and started to wonder if something was going to happen.

Well little did I know, next was the ass massage.

Yup, thats right. The ass massage.

Not gonna lie, it actually was the best part of the massage. Go on, get your bf or gf to give it a try on you.  Its hard to explain but basically press the hands hard on your ass cheeks, move around ass massage....well in simple non technical and slightly ghetto erotic terms. 

Then he turned me over to do the front of my body, and this is where I started to worry a bit.  Was he going to go and touch my......there?   I started to wonder if my friends were having the same experience. I started to wonder so many strange things.

Thankfully, the front massage was just a face massage and shoulder and neck.  Then it was over. Fewf.

Well, turns out my friends all got the ass massage too. 1 of them even got a boob massage. I am kinda glad the boob massage didn't happen to me. I would have thought "is this going to lead to sex?" "is this what is supposed to happen?" "what did I pay for?".  

Well, I guess massages are just not the place for me.

May 12, 2014

Cheap kaitenzushi in JAPAN

The other day I went to like 5 used clothing stores in search for Louis Vuitton glasses. I didn't have any luck finding any so saddened I popped into a kaitenzushi (or sushi go around as some might call it).  This is where the sushi goes around a conveyor belt and you just pick whatever you want off it and eat it.

You can also order from a computer screen for most modern stores.  Even for those people who are tourists and can't read, there are other languages on the menu sometimes.

I usually order my food from the menu because the food that has been going around and around touched the air for a while and I would prefer fresher sushi.

This store was pretty cheap and pretty fun, the sushi came out on a big ass DOCTOR YELLOW!!  For those who don't live here, probably don't know what this is but it is actually the name of a shinkansen that usually you can't ride on, it is only for testing (however if you are mad lucky, sometimes you actually can ride it)

I want to ride it....

Anyways. Actually if you already saw my video on Japanese sushi vs Canadian sushi, I made it clear that I liked Canadian sushi better.  I often am reminded every time I go out for sushi that it isn't so fun. I always buy the same 3-4 things depending on what the store has.  Maguro (akami), anago, unagi and tobiko.  Sometimes I will get tako, ikura or katsuo but thats if its a good store.

This time I took the dive and got some tamago yaki.

Sushi joints in Japan can be pretty complex. Offering a wide rang of interesting items from french fries, burgers, cake, juice and honey dew melon!  This sounded so tempting but I had suspected that it wasn't going to be super good tasting. Usually when I have fruit at a sushi place, it tastes kinda old. I have a really good fruit store near my house and can buy the whole melon for 3$, so I don't need to pay the same for a slice.

I got bored to eating the same things so this time I took a pass on the melon and decided to go for a type of small fish often served at izakaya.

I love these and I know where to go to get the best tasting ones.

However, this sushi restaurant was not the best at all. They were really missing the best part, either yuzu, lemon, sudachi to squeeze on them.

I only was left with typical of Japan. People love mayo here, but not me. I actually hate the stuff. So I had to eat my fish plain. opps.