Welcome to my humble home

Hello dear people!

Today I will give you a tour of my room and the International Lodge of Komaba.
But first I want to show you where I live on the map and tell you a little bit about the area. Komaba is located on the outskirts of the most central parts of Tokyo and is located within walking distance to Shibya and Harajuku, just to mention a few famous places. So it is absolutely perfect! Actually it couldn’t be any better since I believe these are among the paces I will hang out most at. From my lodge it’s no more than 5 minutes walk to the train station if you don’t feel like using your legs and what I have seen from the area so far it is quite calm. The international lodge is located on Komaba campus area which is one of the main campuses of Tokyo University. That means I will have about a 5 minutes walk to school if I take my courses here in Komaba. So convenient! I couldn’t be happier and more thankful about my accomodation. It’s great! Of course I also have very easy access to the rest of the city. I’m thinking about buying a bike though and only take the train when necessary.

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This is where I live. Shinjuku, which is one of the most trafficated train stations in the world, is not far away either.

Now that you have seen my location let’s move on to my dorm. Komaba international lodge is big! Only in the main buildning (where I live) I think there are a cuople of hundred students devided over 6 floors. I’m on the 1st floor. I would prefer to have a room a little bit higher up in the house but I can’t complain. I will have quicker access to the exit if an earthquake would strike so I guess I’m actually lucky.

My room is super small. I think it’s 15 or 16 sqm only and that includes the bathroom. However I do have a my own little balcony and a bathtub (the smallest one I have ever seen but still a bathtub!)! A bed, desk, chair and wardrobe was provided and I don’t see the need of anything else so I don’t mind the small space. It’s only me anyway and it’s kind of cozy. Everyone on each floor share a common room, washing room and kitchen together. Now please have a look.

Small as you can see,  but perfect for me.

Let’s move on to the common parts of the dorm.

Here is the common room, the corridor and the washing room.

The kitchen. It is nothing fancy but it is good enough so I am happpy.

Our mail boxes (there are a few of them), the entrance hall and the reception.

And here we have Komaba International Lodge from the outside. Doesn’t look so bad I must say. The only negative thing is the train track just outside the buildning on the same side as my room is located. But its okay, it could be worse.

 

Hope you enjoyed the tour!
Now I will go wash my dishes and then study some hiragana and katakana and after that, maybe, I will manage to go to bed early…

Vi hörs!

Meguro City Hall and Shimokitazawa

Konnichiwa!

Today med and my three french friends (another one joined the team) went to Meguro to register our addresses in the City Hall and to fix a Japanese health insurance. We decided to walk there and even though it was raining it was really nice and the air felt somewhat fresh and clean, at least to be in the biggest city in the world. We walked for about 40 minutes and now I definitely feel like I know my way around a little better, which is a comfort.

The City Hall building was not very beautiful.. We agreed that it looked more like a prison. But inside it was okay. A mega huge office!

We spent a few hours in the Meguro area and visited a Nitori store which basically have a little bit of everything that you could possibly need for your home. Since we need to have our own kitchen gear I had to buy more things than I expected (I really thought it would be included since we have a shared kitchen) but we decided to share as many things as possible between us. Since none of are staying more than a year it would be a waste if everyone got everything and then had to throw it away. I will try to keep as much of a sustainable lifestyle as I can.

We also stayed in Meguro to have a late lunch around half past two. Or it was actually breakfast because non of us had the time to go shopping for food yesterday so we didn’t have anything else than water to our disposal this morning before we went out. Speaking of water, we can actually drink it directly from the tap here! When I was here with mom last year we always bought it so I didn’t know that. It is not as good as it is back home in Sweden but still a pleasant surprise and it isn’t too bad.
Anyway, we were all half-starved to death by the time we were finally served. I had an udon soup with fried tofu which was really good and easy for my body to digest. I think it’s hard to eat the first few days when you are jet lagged and have to get your body used to a new rhythm for food and sleep. So it was perfect. I am slowly getting there.

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My udon fried tofu soup with cold tea

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And some huge bottles of something unknown…

After our shopping and lunch we walked back to ohappy!ur lodge and rested for a while before we went back out again, this time to an area a little bit closer, called Shimokitazawa. There we visited Daiso, the 100 yen store (everything that doesn’t have a price tag only costs a 100 yen (approximately 7 swedish kr) and that is most of the stuff) and bought some more supplies for the kitchen and bathroom and then we finally went to the supermarket and got our selves some food for a few days ahead. Now I am happy! I really like to walk around in food stores when you are abroad because the supply is often so very different from home and it is so interesting to see what they offer. Some of the japanese groceries look fantastic while others seem to be… absolutely disgusting to tell the truth. But it is still fun to look around! Unfortunately I didn’t make any pictures from the supermarket today but I will definitely do it another time.

I know I said I would show some pictures of my room today but I just finished unpacking all my things and organizing everything and it is late and dark outside here so I will take better photos tomorrow. Then I will also show some pictures from my lodge.

Here are instead some random pics from todays walks. Just look at the thin house in the traffic picture!

 

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At Nitori the Halloween sale is on full go and here it seems it is normal to put Halloween ornaments in the Christmas tree.. I don’t know what to think or say about that…

 

Konnichiwa Tokyo

Ladies and Gentlemen….

I am happy to announce that I am here!
I am in Japan! I am home. I am exactly where I should be.
Finally!

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And so it begins….

It was a long flight but everything went well and smooth all the way from take off to landing. I spent most of my time reading and watching movies , the usual. I tried to sleep but failed. However I got at least two hours of just resting. Better than nothing. Now as I am writing this at about 11 pm in the evening here I am exhausted. I will fall asleep in ten seconds when I go to bed. Feels good. But first I want to give a quick update on my first day in this amazing city.

We landed at Narita airport at 10 sharp this morning, which is the same as 3 am in Sweden and in my body. It was 22 degrees outside and cloudy but still very pleasant. I went through the passport control without any problems and got my japanese Residence Card (which officially makes me a real citizen here now!!) and then went to get my bags and pass the ”nothing to declare” counter before I finally was out. Then I bought a train ticket to Shibuya station and from there went two more stops to my final destination Komaba. From there I walked to the International Office of my accommodation and registered and got the keys to my room and a tour around the area and buildings.

My room is supersmall with an even smaller bathroom but believe it or not, I have my own small balcony as well as a bathtub even if it really is…. tiny, to say the least. It’s perfect! It’s very simple but clean and will do great for me. I even made two new friends today and to be my first day I’d say that’s pretty good. Their names are Vincent and Nathalie and they are both from France. We spent the afternoon together in Shibuya shopping for necessities like cover and pillows, trash bins, hangers to our closets, shower curtains and all that kind of stuff which was not provided in the room. For those of you who don’t know Shibuya is one om the most trafficated stations in Tokyo and there are always a looot of people! And yet it feels a lot calmer than walking around in Nordstan i Göteborg.. Weird.. How is that possible? Anyway, we did our thing, went to have a simple fried rice dinner and then back home again.

Everywhere I went today, from the moment I put my feet in this country, people have greeted me with happy smiles and asked in english how I am doing today, they have helped me and guided me in the kindest and happiest way possible. I have been smiling all day. No where is like Japan. People are happy, helpful, kind and curious in a pleasant way. They make jokes and laugh and even if you don’t know them they feel like friends.. It’s kind of unique and wonderful.

That will be all for today I think. Now it is time to sleep. Tomorrow we will go look for a bigger supermarket and do some food shopping. I will also show some pictures from my room.

Good night from Tokyo!
おやすみなさい

A Hanna with more energy and a Hanna with less energy after some hours of flying.. But at least I had a lof space to stretch!

Just landed, tired and excited to go into the city and look for my new home.

A little bit of train and a little bit of Shibuya

And some food of course!

Hello

Since this is my first blogpost I thought I would just start with saying hello and introducing myself. You can find some short information about me to the right in ”About Me” but I will do it a little bit more detailed and at length here.

My name is Hanna and I am from Sweden. However I chose to write this blog in english since I have both friends and family of different nationalities and since it is simply good practise. Maybe some posts will be in swedish but I will try to stick to english.

I am 25 years old and a student at both Uppsala and Göteborg University in Sweden where I study Earthscience. It is the best and most interesting and exciting subject in the world! It is never boring and it is always important. I love it! And I also love being a student. Well, sometimes I hate it but most of the time I love it! The perfect combination of always learning new things and being able to decide how to divide and spend your time yourself while having great friends around is awesome.

Before I began my studies I lived and worked a few years in Norway which was a great experience and it gave me new friends and family which I will cherish for life. I went there just a week after graduating highschool and I had only planned to stay for the summer and then start studying again. But it happened to me as it happens to so many others when they go to Norway. You get stuck there. If not forever then at least for a much longer time than you had intended from the beginning. I don’t regret one moment of it.

However tomorrow I will begin a new life, as I am moving to Tokyo. A completely new chapter in my book. Finally! I have been waiting for this for so long. Japan has been my dream for more than 15 years. Now it is my turn to live my dream and I can’t wait to begin. I will continue my studies there, at Tokyo University, also called Todai. This is the highest ranked university in Japan and of the best in Asia so I am both very proud of myself and excited about this chance and opportunity. I will have the time of my life and it will with no doubts be my greatest adventure so far!
I will write more about this later.

I am a happy girl, very passionate about life.  I love to explore new places and to be active. Reading, writing and food (cooking and eating) are some of my biggest interests and of course everything that has anything to do with Japan. What could be better than reading a great manga or watching an awesome anime?

If you stick around to read my blog you will get to know me a lot better.

Hope to see you here again!

Ciao

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Hello, this is me