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Love, Laughter, and Tears

What a journey these past two years have been in Tokyo. From being so lost in a very new environment and missing home so badly to meeting friends of a lifetime whom without a doubt will be my future bridesmaids. Today was the last day we all could get together before we go off with our lives for junior year of college (study abroad, staying in Tokyo, etc.) and it was just a day that I really got to appreciate these beautiful ladies whom I can truly call my best friends.
あっという間に過ぎた2年間。最初は全てが新しくて、目まぐるしい毎日を過ごしていて、本当にアメリカに帰りたいと思っていたりもしましたが、気づいたら大親友と呼べる人達に会えたり、本当に今の大学に入学して良かったなと思えるようになっていました。 3年になったら留学する人と日本に残る人で分かれるのですが、今日がこのメンバーで集まれるのが最後でした。
Giant minions take over Tokyo for the new Minion movie promotion.
新宿で巨大ミニオン発見

Lunch at SMILE again to indulge big, fat, juicy burgers with deep fried potato fries. Nothing like good old fashion junk food for a girls day out.
お昼には前にも行ったSMILEで大きなハンバーガーを食べてきました。




Cold Stones afterwards. I got the cheesecake flavor...obviously/like always/never changes
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Psssss...Quiet Please!

At the university library, working on my last paper before I can officially throw in the towel for sophomore year. This place isn't as packed as it was last week but I guess everyone's tired and just trying to get through the week because one guy is snoring really loud right now. I'm not even joking, it's like bulldozer status...

最後のレポートを終わらすために大学の図書館に来ているのですが、先週と同じように生徒であふれています。みんな疲れているのか、わりとどんよりしています。わたしの後ろに座っている人はさっきからブルドーザー並みのうるささでいびきをかいて居眠りしています。

...oh wait, someone just woke him up.
LOL everyone looked up because the noise stopped all of a sudden.
Well we all understand the pain, bro.

あ、起きました。
急に音が止まってので周りが急に反応。(笑)
あともう一週間!頑張ってほしいです。



Yesterday was my last day at practice before I leave for France, and maybe the last day as a gymnast period because it's very unlikely I'll go back after I come back, the timing and all. What I felt more than anything was liberation. 4+ hours five days a week was tough but I saw sides of Japan - both positive and negative - …

Liberation At Last

Finished with exams at last! Only one essay and we are officially finished with sophomore year. The feeling of liberation is real.
試験終わったー! あとレポートひとつで2年生も終わりです。 解放感。

where did my eyes go lol
目がない。


Ok, ok I'll stop with the selfies but there is too much happiness in the air.
嬉しすぎてちょっと撮りすぎました。。。 今朝はこんな感じでした。
11:42 AM Finished Spanish final and just one more exam to go
Sob... And I thought using my Little Mermaid paper would make studying more fun but Ariel and I are obviously in very different moods right now.
11:42 AM
スペイン語の試験が終わって、日本の外交の授業の勉強を再開。リトルマーメイドの紙を使ったらちょっと楽しくなるかなと思っていたけど、どんな紙を使ってもやっぱり大変。

Realizing the consequences of skipping dinner for a week cuz I am preoccupied with so much sh*t to do cuz my a** shrunk and none of my pants fit me right and I have to pull up these pants every five seconds cuz they are not staying up. Why I didn't wear a belt, is beyond me.
最近やることが多くて夜ご飯を抜いてたらズボンのサイズが合わなくなって、今日み5秒おきにズボンを引っ張りあげないといけない1日です。ベルトしなかったの失敗でした。

Talk soon!

And the Countdown Begins

Hiiiiiiiiiiiiii!
If overdosing on caffeine is possible, I think I would fit the symptoms. Coffee is working its magic once again. Just two more exams, a presentation, and an essay to go. Summer and Paris here I come!
コーヒー飲みすぎてカフェインでいつもより何倍もエネルギーがすごいです。 残り試験が2つ、プレゼンテーションがひとつ、レポートがひとつで2年の後期も終わりです。 夏休みと留学まであと少し!
My friend turned me into a diva the other day. I thought it deserved some attention so here you go.
友達がわたしをギャルに変身して送ってきてくれました。最初誰だか分からなかったです。 (わたしです。)

Talk soon!

Feature Post: The Amateur-Photographer (danywithdragons)

A bit of natural talent can go a long way with some time and passion, as proven to me by one of the most random yet intelligent and original people I know (aka my sister). Today marks my very first feature post about the talents and inspriations that surround me from day to day and for this very special occasion, I would like to introduce you to the one and only danywithdragons, or as you may have guessed, my baby sister. As merely a high school student, danywithdragons utilizes photography as a way of expression throughout her explorations and discoveries in this journey we call life. With her unique eye, danywithdragons captures not only a beautiful scenery, but maintains the sense of nostalgia, tranquility, and comfort in each photo, transporting viewers into another place and time. With each photo, the viewer can almost feel that light breeze or hear and feel the rattling on the train, and take a momentary time travel back to the good old times. This self-proclaimed amateur-photog…

RED

  I'm beginning to see a trend in my weekend before finals weeks offically kicks off. The stress of studying for finals while preparing everything for study abroad has been quite the struggle for me since finding a place to live in Paris at this time of the year is NOT EASY, well unless you're willing to pay a fat check every month, but that is obviously not the case for me. Tip to anyone studying abroad anytime soon: Start preparing even if your school hasn't given you the GO sign. I actually got in trouble for this (??) from the international education center since I was beginning my preparation early, which really made me question the intelligence of the man I talked to but nonetheless, I should have just ignored him and gone ahead and started with everything. There's is nothing worse than panicking at the last moment because there is so much to do with so little time. Speaking from experience. Red nails, red ice cream, red notes. Is this a sign for something? 期末試…

Hot N Cold

Hi and hope you are having a good day! Tokyo has officially hit the 30 degrees Celsius mark and it was hot and humid and just all things summer in Japan. I figured since I had just finished practice and I really wanted something cold to counteract all the heat, I would buy myself some ice cream on the way home. This is Gari Garikun - my favorite soda popsicle that's only around 60 yen. Mmmmmmm....
こんにちは!
今日東京はやっと30度を超えて、蒸し暑くて、夏がこわいなーなんて思ってました。
わたしは6月の始めくらいから、勝手に寮で食べる朝ごはん以外で一日の食費は250円と決めているのですが、いつも何を買うか決めるのを楽しんでます。
そのおかげで食費の無駄遣いが少し減ったかなと思ってます。一人暮らしを始めてもうすぐ丸二年が経つのですが、やっと節約方法が分かってきたような気がします。
今日はガリガリ君にしました。
最近これとシロクマのアイスバーにハマってます。

n And then I realized that I've been eating quite a bit of ice cream lately. I wish I had taken pics of all of the ones I ate but unfortunately I didn't:( Maybe it'll be an idea for a future post. 結構他にも食べてるな~と思ったのですが、残念ながら写真を撮っていなかったです。
I realized I've never posted an actual video of me doing gymnastics so I figured today would be the day to…

Tokyo Snapchat

Apparently Tokyo was on Snapchat yesterday?!?! One of our friends made it on that long Tokyo vid so my other friends and I wanted to try also but caught on a bit late...haha oh well, we took a snapchat anyway.
Snapchatという写真を投稿するアプリで東京が紹介されていたので、友達とその紹介ビデオに出れたらいいねと話していたのですが、残念ながらちょっと遅かったです。とりあえず一枚撮っとこうということでこんな感じになりました。

The honeymoon phase before leaving for study abroad (aka that super happy period after getting accepted into the program) has officially ended as I try to figure things out for my VISA. It's literally like applying to college all over again but I cannot wait until this is over and I can start a next chapter of my life in Paris.
留学が決まってからのハッピーだった一ヶ月がVISAの用意などが始まってから段々薄れてきました。全部終わってフランスに行ける日が待ち遠しいです。
Talk soon!

#SELFIE

Thank you to my sister for taking the most attractive photo from the most flattering angle and dispersing it amongst her many friends. This is the true #barefacenomakeup. 

妹に準備が出来る前に写真撮られた。。。

#sameperson #powerofmakeup
#同じ人 #メイクの力


Let's just take minute to applaud Ayuka for finishing all 11 seasons of Grey's Anatomy in a month a half and the entire season of How to Get Away With Murder in one day. Yes, I have officially been converted from films to TV dramas and it's been pretty great. Let's not forget that all this happened during midterm season and I somehow survived that. Finals will be starting soon and it just so happens that Season 5 of Suits and Season 6 of Pretty Little Liars launched again recently. Indulgence in these highly addictive shows will once again happen in the name of "taking a coffee break from studies."

最近テレビドラマにはまって、映画をほとんど見なくなりました。Grey's Anatomy という医療ドラマは10年前から放送されていて、最近11シーズン目の放送が終わったのですが、10年分を一ヶ月半で見終えました。去年始まった How to Get Away with…

My Countdown to Study Abroad

I realized that I hadn't really talked about what I have been up to until the point of the last post so I've decided to fill you in in this post.
前回の更新で最近の出来事のお話をしましたが、それまでの出来事のことを書いていなかったので、5月から6月(?)くらいにちょっと戻ります。 I competed at the Higashi Intercollegiate Competition at Kanagawa Prefecture in May along with my teammates and had another round of beautiful memories created. It was the last competition for one of the girls graduating next spring and it was also MY last competition before I leave for study abroad in the fall. I've also been thinking about after I come back and realized that this may have been my last competition as a university student period because my graduation period overlaps with the competition season. I'm leaving for Paris at the end of August but have decided to stop my training at the end of July...and so, the countdown has officially begun. まずは5月の下旬に行われた東インカレ。 今年は神奈川県で行われました。またまた初めて行く県でした。 ちょっと失敗の多い試合でしたが、お世話になった先輩の引退試合だったことや、わたしにとって留学前の最後の大きなイベン…