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February 20 2012

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Yaki Chicken Udon, Shrimp Tempura and Sushi at Tempura Japanese Restaurant with Raphael.
==Since we're not in Japan yet- the next best alternative is the Japanese restaurant ran by the Chinese population.==

I'm partial to not liking seafood so I only tried one roll of sushi...personally it was disgusting but to other people that like that stuff it would have been pretty good. The same with the shrimp tempura but there was sweet potatoes and broccoli in it also- those are always good.
The Yaki Udon was yummy, with the plate broiling hot so that the noodles were still sizzling half way through the meal...unfortunately they stuck to the bottom so it was hard getting them off with our chopsticks.

December 24 2011

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So, I cleaned out some of my books(around 700 library) and found five issues of manga-zines from Japan. I'd thought I only had two.
There's three Sho-Comi, one Magaret and one Hanayume.

November 11 2011

Hey all! New update~

Okay, so I was VERY frustrated with my current college as they aren't offering ANY courses this year, well unless I want to major in nursing or Diesel Fuel Tech...but I'm sort of fine with it now. They literally forced me to maybe have to extend my stay here, which is not going to happen so I talked with my econ teacher and found out that the schedule saying I either had to have passed the prerequisite or have permission was just a miss print. So, I'll be taking, College Algebra, Micro-Economics, American Gov & Politics, and Sci-fi and Supernatural Literature.

Also, it is confirmed that I AM going to Tokyo(more like Yokohama) summer 2012 and that I still have no idea of the dates or how long I'll be there.

October 30 2011

I might be going to Tokyo next summer. MIGHT.

October 08 2011

Studying...Studying...Actually, does it sound like I'm studying?
Nah, I'm more like rewriting notes for my politics class. Boring, you probably stopped reading there, right?
I always wondered why my friends were more popular online but then I realized their blogs, soups, tumblrs, Me2Day, ect. were filled with nude and half naked Asian men. Haha, how far in the world can you get with that? VERY FAR!

Eh, it doesn't matter how popular I am!

September 05 2011

Well, I passed training.
I worked my first shift alone today. I had my first break down cause work stuff today and I called help desk about 5 times. The last person to order helped me in wanting to come back, they were very pleasant but the fist couple calls I had were all crazy men....within 50 miles of each other. They must be in a club called, "You give us back our money or we'll go down there and shoot you!" club.

anyway, I went out to eat with Mieko...turns out she's 34, huge age gap! But we get a long well.

School is...school I guess? Got knock out of my econ test online so I have to retake it in the morning and if it does it again I have to email my teacher and get her to reset it.

August 19 2011

There's two main types of "gaijin".
1. The type that generally have an earnest interest in Japan.
2. The kind that want to be Japanese. AKA. Weeaboo.

The 2nd kind mess everything up for us Type 1's.
They go to Tokyo, since that's the only city that usually exists of Japan in their mind, dressed up in some weird clothes they either bought online or made themselves. Then they walk around; yapping random Japanese words(baka, sugio, fa-i-tou! etc.), trying to hug the poor unknowing pedestrians, and generally acting like a tween at a Justin Bieber concert. Or in another way of putting it, they think real 'Japanese' people act like manga/anime characters and therefore try to imitate them. **It's not uncommon for Type 2's to go to Japan to find a "kakkoi boyfriend/husband."

If you can see how these 'type' of 'ignorant' people put a skew in the way people see 'gaijin', then you'd understand how hard it is to change peoples minds about you being an 'air head'. It's not just the Japanese that think this of these gaijin(sometimes...or a lot). These 'gaijin' act like the above before even getting to Japan, and therefore- when people hear about us Type 1's love of Japan, they wait for us to break into an annoying high-pitched song, repeating "Ikimasho! Ikimasho!!" Over and over again.

That's just not the way us Type 1's work. We're strong in our love of the country. We're calm, act like ourselves, respectful, but in the end we're fun and still have our 'otaku' moments. Our 'otaku' moments might be sparse to often but we never act like Type 2. We just smile, laugh, talk excitedly, and take pictures(If cameras are allowed). We know our boundaries and have our own ideas of what we want.

July 31 2011

I guess I should introduce myself.
My name is Crystal, I'm 17 and live in Nebraska(USA).
I'm a college student and live with my family(since I'm still underage and it saves money), including my cat familiar, Jet Black.
I've been in love with Japan since I was ten but my otaku-ness dates back to when I was two. On my tenth birthday I decided I was going to live and work in Japan. As most kids are conceived, my parents and other adults didn't believe me, but I didn't let them tell me otherwise.
This 'soup', 'blog', 'log', whatever you want to call it will be based on my journey, starting from now and continuing after I get there.
It will be a long journey, spanning the rest of my lifespan of course(est. 70+ years if possible).
Tags: Japan
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