バレンタインデ + Learning Japanese for travel!

初めまして、リアです!

今トロントに美術と日本ごを勉強 する!日本語は私の第三言語従って、まだあまり上手ではありません ╥﹏╥

今日は試験を終えた!!日本ごのプレセンテシオンと心理学のテストがあった  ヽ(;▽;)ノ

そして皆さん、非常に疲れたけど嬉しい ㅠ ㅠ

ところで良いニュースは、来週クラスを持っていない ★

リラックスすることができますので、

。。。とブログのエントリを書く w w w

Today was eventful and abundant with stress, as I had so many midterms/ tests… I’m completely ready to embrace what my university here calls “reading week”, in which we supposedly study for midterms (although everyone just treats it as a ‘March Break’)

That means I now have time to work on my next official “Japan trip” entries, which will include in more detail where I’ll be going for sightseeing, entertainment, and shopping in Tokyo (probably split in to 3 separate entries), so please look forward to that!

As for the writing above in Japanese, Although nowhere near perfect and probably full of errors (Hey I’m just learning OK?? So be nice), I hope to continue some of my entries in an English AND Japanese attempt for practice before going to Japan in May!

I have been studying Japanese on and off for a few years but  started learning it intensively this year in university! I’ve always been a big fan of linguistics anyway, so even though the course moves at a fast pace, it’s really like a treat.

Allas! That’s my log for the night…Cheers to a week of ‘studying’ and blogging & a Happy Valentines day /  ‘幸せなバレンタインデー’ !

Lia

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Our Hotel in Tokyo ! ! 東京のホテル

Don’t even get me started on how many hotels in Tokyo my friend and I checked out before making a decision!

We just knew we wanted someplace around Harajuku and Shinjuku, as most of our shopping and trip will consist of shopping sprees in our favourite boutiques (more on this later) !

Two final hotels we were debating on were Hotel Sunroute Plaza Shinjuku and Shinjuku Washington Hotel. Yes, we decided to splurge a bit on hotels as we figured since we are staying there for nearly a month, we want to feel safe, be at utmost comfort and, well, pamper ourselves he he heImage

Again, my friend from Japan had told me about the two hotels and how great their reputation was, so in the end we chose *drum roll* Hotel Sunroute Plaza Shinjuku, and
here is why!

Firstly, it is closer to Shinjuku Station, and Shinjuku Station is connected to most of the train and subway lines, providing faster, easier, and probably cheaper transportation.

Secondly, from Shinjuku Station to Shibuya and Harajuku by the JR train system (about $2 for one-way ticket to Shibuya) takes 10 – 15 minutes!
As for getting to Roppongi, Aoyama or Omotesanto (your high fashion distilleries), the subway gives easy access from our hotel area, as well.

Additionally, for those of you looking for a more hike-n-nature-adventure sort of voyage, getting to Mt. Takao, the nearest mountain from central Tokyo, is a 30 to 40 minute trip. A friend also told me about her tour bus experience to Mt. Fuji from the Shinjuku area, which was an approximate 3 hours (she said they left in the morning and came back in the evening).

If I have the time, I’d like to divide my experience equally between hiking, “nature bonding” and visiting historical sites, as well as the city and shopping experience.

I’ll of course let you know how my hotel experience goes once I’m actually there! Oddly enough, I haven’t started counting down days yet…”YET”! !

Lia

Got my passport for Japan!

Today was my day off from uni, and luckily, with a bundle of essays and tests out of the way I decided to go on a quest to renew my passport!

Little did I know there’d be a snow storm warning the night before I planned it (it is Canada after all and our climate’s been all over the place lately). So I woke up to find a heaping pile of snow on the ledge of my window, and on the random table outside in my backyard, was nearly a metre of it.

ImagePhoto credit goes to my friend who was also out-and-about today….It’s so beautiful (from the inside looking out the window and not having to endure its -18 furry, that is). But need I say more??

Passport was luckily successfully renewed however, and next on the Japan trip prep list is travel essentials and luggage! My friend and I were able to book a great hotel in the heart of Shinjuku (recommended by an acquaintance in Tokyo), and I’m too too excited to share with you guys where we’ll be staying in my next entry!

Lia

Going to Japan! !

On May 7th, I’m boarding the plane for the first time in 11 years, and I’m stoked!

Why, because I’ll be traveling with one of my closest friends for the first time (yes, just the two of us!!), and also because it will be my first time in Japan. (first time for everything!)

It all started last May…my friend and I were joking around about how we’d like to visit Tokyo together and visit Harajuku rather than look at photos. For some odd reason (maybe our heads were too hot under the sun that day), we ended up promising each other to travel there, same time next year~

Oddly enough, it’s happening!

We bought our tickets and booked our hotel in Shinjuku last month after extensive research on accommodations. We’ll be in Tokyo for almost a month, after which, we will I’m sure be both happy to be going back home to our families, and sad to be leaving the bustling city.

I’ll be sharing my adventure (before the travel, during and after) via my blog to give you guys all the details! I’ve already started saving up in order to splurge away when I’m there, because there’s so many boutiques and stores I want to visit, and so many brands of clothing, health and beauty products to buy!

Leaving right after university exams…sounds like the best vacation ever. I’ll also be doing reviews on all the goodies I bring back, along with a bundle of outfits and styles. Looking forward to it!

Stay tuned for more deets,

Lia