Diary Post | Four Months in Japan!

Dear Reader,

Long time no post (again!) and happy 2020! I’ve had this blog for over two years now, and I feel like because I don’t have a specific topic I blog about, I keep getting distracted and disappearing. To be fair, sometimes I disappear because of my long-time battle with depression, sometimes just because I just don’t know what to post? Other times because I get busy and don’t have time.

Side note: incase you don’t follow my personal IG @ insta_rinnn, I included some pictures I’ve taken since October!

enjoy this sunset I took on the bus drive from Osaka to Kobe!

So, I’ve been here an four months now, and wow time flies. Honestly, it feels longer? I’ve been settling into classes, which has been fun and challenging. The last time I was in school was Spring of 2018, so this has been fun trying to get back into a study routine (speaking of which I am now procrastinating my studying by working on this post, LOL).

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Having spent some time here now, I feel like the newness of Japan has mostly worn off, don’t get me wrong I discover new things everyday, but it’s not sparkly anymore. Which is still valid because I’m enjoying myself. Last year, when I was going through a rather difficult depressive episode, my dad told me to just apply for school. He was like, “it’ll be better to be depressed in Japan and doing something with my life, than to be depressed at home stuck in the same rut.” Tough words, but good advice because I’m here now!

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I really like the city I picked, Kobe, because it’s rather diverse. There’s a China Town, lots of Indian restaurants, and a district called Kitano, which was build by Europeans who were here a long time ago, so the architecture is very cool and different from what the rest of the city has to offer. Kobe is also next to Osaka, which is a much larger and exciting city filled with delicious food!

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Snapped this pic of Kobe as I was riding up the mountain to the Botanical Gardens

By the way, if there’s anything you guys want me to blog about/review (makeup, manga, anime, dramas, etc.) you can DM on twitter or IG! Honestly, since of I’ve got here I’m mostly just been enjoying my youth, AND I do have a few topics I could blog about in a diary post if I can find the motivation. For example, I went on several dates, and I could make a separate post about my experience with Tinder and Bumble on Japan, because it’s been it’s own journey as a small town girl from Alaska. LMAO

Though I will say, RIP my bank account. What I do need to do is get a part-time job, but I’ve been procrastinating it. I’m just so tired after working so much last summer, I needed a break. I have been browsing though, and it looks like most of the nice jobs are in Osaka, which is chill but I really don’t want to commute that far. I think from my station to Umeda Station (which is the hub, apparently?) it’s about 45 minutes? The struggle is real, and I while public transportation is convenient, sometimes rush hour–and being squished into a train like a can of sardines, is not!

Okay, and as for my music pick of the month (this was from like October, because I never talked about their lastest album on here properly like I normally do!) I found a store that sells kpop albums, I was able to buy The Table by Nu’est, their latest album in person for the first time in my life! Which isn’t a big deal to a lot of people, but as their fan for 8 years (omg) it meant a lot to me!

I’m literally that person who will promote Nu’est every chance I get, sorry ur mad about it lo

Anyway, let me know what you want to read! I’ll have a new post up sooner rather than later, I hope. Thanks for reading, and as always,

Love,

Rin

Diary Post | I Don’t Know About You, but I’m feelin’ 22!

Dear Reader,

So it begins, I’ve aged another year. When I turned 20, I told myself this would be my decade, and I’d do things for myself. Well, that’s finally happening because I’m moving to Japan! I was torn between Japan, Hong Kong, Taiwan, and South Korea. These are all places I’ve wanted to see, but in the end I went with Japan, due to my educational background (I minored in it during University).

I’m going to study, first I’m going to language school so I can learn Japanese better, and then grad school. I have know idea what I’ll study, or how I’ll fund grad school, but that tomorrow’s problem lol.

I disappeared (again) this summer because I’ve been working two jobs, between 69.5 and 75 hours a week. WHICH IS CRAZY. But because I had a set goal, I’ve managed to pull it off. Though, it’s not exactly how I imagined spending my 21st year of life.

One of the jobs I worked was a random office job I had applied for on a whim. I had beaten 168 other applicants, which seriously blows my mind, but at the same time I was overqualified for the position. I applied for it while I was applying for school, that way I had a backup in case I didn’t get a visa.

It was kind of horrible, not because the work was bad, or because anyone mistreated me, but it made me realize how I don’t want to work in an office before I get out there and actually experienced life. This guy had been working since he was eighteen, and now he’s pushing sixty. Doing the same thing everyday, every summer and winter, in the same office he’s been in for 30+ years. Once he told me his story, it kind of pushed me to have a little crisis, and motivated me to get my visa paperwork in order.

He told me it would be an amazing place to grow, and the pay and benefits were great. Which would be amazing, if I were 28 and ready to settle down. It was honestly what scared me the most. My future flashed before my eyes, and it was really, really boring (no shade to him or anyone else who chooses that path, but it’s not for everyone).

I honestly have found a new respect for people who work in offices and enjoy it. Some people really have a passion for their jobs. Though, I will say, there was a lotttttt of office drama. Like, love triangles, and bitter exes, oh and work rivals. I stayed out of it (for the most part), but let me tell you, I won’t miss the office. Did I lowkey get caught up with someone and have my own office romance? I mean, they sure as hell tried to catch me, but I stayed focus on my goal.

Anyway, back to moving. Like I said, when I turned 20 years old, I wanted to spend my twenties living for myself, and it’s only taken me like 2 years to actually get out of the house and put my first step forward, but, I’m excited for the future. I’m not exactly where I want to be, but I’ve gained experience along the way, and I’m moving in the right direction.

One of my dreams has always been to publish a book, and now my friend and I are working to put together a series of light novels with my words and her art. It’s going really well honestly! It’s a story about new beginnings, and I think you guys will really enjoy it! Maybe we’ll get the first volume out by next spring? I’ll keep you posted!

Anyway, that’s all for life updates! Let’s go 22!

As per usual, I’ll share a song I’ve been really enjoying:

I really want to work towards self acceptence this year, so I thought Face by Woosung would be a good anthem! Thanks for reading my dear, and I’ll catch you on the otherside!

Love,

Rin

Where you At??

Dear Reader,

Ah yes, she fell off the face of the planet again. I’m always like, oh I’ll blog later. Oh, that’s a good idea I’ll have to blog it. I need to review this or that, but I’ll do it later. Well, my last post before my return with a short review of a one episode j-drama, was during Halloween. It’s now Chinese New Year! *nervouse laughter* I’m so great at this!

Anyway, a quick update, I’m off to the Philippines in about a week. So, I really need to get back on my travel blogs. I also need to review the Japanese Online Makeup shop I’ve been promising my IG followers since like November.

Sooooo, I’ll try my best to update again on time. Until then check out my lastest post, a review of the j-drama: Wedding Bells for Otaku?

Thanks again, see you monday with a new post!

Love,

Rin

Diary Entry: Travel Announcement

Dear Reader,

So, I’m off to Florida in exactly one week! I really, really love reading or watching people’s travel blogs/vlogs, so I wanted to document all of my adventures here! I went to Florida last year, and I kind of wish I had recorded my trip in someway. I’ll be posting some travel essentials, travel blogs, and of course my playlist~

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Also, I haven’t done much this week expect study, and take finals. I got all A’s and B’s this semester, so yay for that! I was actually pretty stressed out. I bought the last of my Christmas gifts, and I’ve just been chilling out since then.

Yesterday, I picked up my childhood best friend from the airport. If you read my Fairbanks trip blog, she was one of the people I was visiting. We made a yummy salmon dinner, and then tomorrow I’m taking her to our adopted grandma’s house, where she’ll stay until Thursday. I would stay and visit too, but I have work (she lives in the town over, and it’s about a half an hour drive).

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So it will be a pretty uneventful week. I will admit that I’m really excited for my vacation, I’m pretty much already packed. The weather in Alaska the last few weeks has really sucked, I just want to go somewhere and enjoy the beach and sun.

This trip has pretty much been the one thing getting me through the winter, so I’m really hyped. It’s been a long semester.

Anyway~ That’s been my week! As always, thanks for reading, and I’ll catch you later!

Bye~

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Love,

Rin

Diary Entry: Mochi Festival

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Dear Reader,

Today, my friend Sam and I went to a rice cake pounding festival! We had delicious mochi, and had a lot of fun. It was held by the Japan Alaska Association, we learned a bit about rice pounding, and the traditions of it.

Then, we got to taste it! I kind of preferred this fresh mochi over the kind that you buy in the store. Usually it’s super sweet, but this mochi was plain, but was flavored by the fillings or soup. We tried one with red bean paste, which was super delish!

We also had some kind of mochi and vegetables in a fish broth soup, which was also really yummy! And plain mochi dipped in some starch that tasted like peanut butter.  Sam was not a fan of either of these two dishes, but I quite enjoyed them.

Anyway, it was really interesting, and I had fun! After we ate mochi, we decided to have sushi for dinner. I would have taken pictures of that, but the lighting was awful. . . Anyway, this was just a quick post to share our food adventure!

Have a great week guys, and good luck to any students who are about to face finals! As always, thanks for reading~ bye~

Love,

Rin

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Diary Entry: I Chopped My Hair Off

Dear Reader,

Sorry I haven’t posted in a while, not much has been going on, and I’ve been busy with the semester ending. I was actually in Wasilla for an eye-doctor appointment, and I had time before work, so I went in and got a hair cut.

I decided to cut my hair for several reasons. 1) it was so dry and damaged from the split ends, I thought I would lose my mind 2) my job requires me to wear my hair up, and I hate that, and 3) I just needed a change!

So now all my hair is gone!

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I got kind a slight A-line, where it’s shorter in the back and longer in the front. With long layers, and a face framing instead of bangs.

My hair is slightly curly, so I’ll have to do a little more upkeep, but I’m enjoying it so far.

My sister thinks I look like a soccer mom, but that’s okay. It matches my old lady aesthetic. I think I look like a 30-year-old office worker, like in the manga Idol Dreams, but you know.

I’m thinking about making a dedicated food blog post, but I’m not sure how I would go about doing that. Maybe a blog about good places to eat in Anchorage, Alaska? Or a, “What I ate in a Month” blog post? I won’t do it this month though, because I’m going on vacation at the end of the month, and I’m going to do a separate post about that.

Here is some pho I yesterday, it was really delicious! I also had some coffee and a apple tart from the Starbucks in Barnes and Noble. It was pretty satisfying! It was great. I usually post food pictures on my IG stories, so if you want to see more food stuffs follow my instagram!

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Also, happy december! Wooo, I can’t believe it’s already here! This blows my mind, honestly.

It’s been snowing quite a bit, but also warm at the same time, so it’s resulted in a lot of slush. I also put up our Christmas tree! I bought it when my sister and I lived in a tiny apartment, so it’s really small too. But I still like it, so there’s no need to waste money and buy a bigger tree.

So yeah! That’s what I’ve been up to as of late. Tomorrow, my friend Sam and I are going to a Japanese mochi festival, so I’ll take pics and share my adventures there.

As always, thanks for reading!

Love,

Rin

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Diary Entry: Christmas Shopping in November

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Dear Reader,

This week has been full of papers and job application deadlines. I’ve been so busy with my current job, and I had to write two papers for school, and a paper for the JET application, so it was a hectic week.

Also, don’t hurt me but, I’ve already started my Christmas present shopping. I got my adopted grandma a fancy cheese and cracker combo set! It looks really yummy, and she’s from Wisconsin so I think she’ll really enjoy it.

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(look at how precious my wrapping is! I’ve had this wrapping for three years, and it’s finally starting to run out. but yes, behold the fruits of my labor, and that’s not even a dent in all the gifts I need to collect…)

I hate present shopping, I’m always torn between getting something cute and useless, or getting something functional. Or, if I should just get people food or not, because what if they don’t like the present I got them? You can’t go wrong with chocolate and sweets! Or cheese and crackers in my family’s case lol.

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I’m still waiting until Black Friday to buy the bulk of my gifts, but it was fun to get out and see what’s on the market. Plus, I went with a friend, and we made a day of it. The only problem was the dark! We let her house at 1pm, and got back around 5pm, but it felt closer to 7pm due to the weather. I was tired when I got home that I just went to bed and watched the latest episode of While You Were Sleeping, but I didn’t do anything that strenuous.

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Oh, and the snow is back. It snowed on 10/23, and then it disappeared, but now it’s here to stay. The roads are awful, honestly Anchorage doesn’t take very good care of the roads because they spent their budget elsewhere. Last year they told us they had to either cut the police force or the road upkeep, and really this is Alaska. What did they think was more important than the road upkeep??

Ai. Anyway, I got new glasses! I had nerd glasses in the past, but now I have these cuteIMG_2095 granny glasses. I really wanted circle glasses, like the ones in snapchat filters, but they didn’t have any in the store I went too. Alaska is so behind on the times, I just wanted to be a stylish nerd, but now I’m a stylish granny. Which, I’m not that mad about, but you know…

(Ai, the border in this picture isn’t showing up, but it’s from my personal IG if you want to check it out @rinnn_0315)

Anyway, that was my week. How was yours? Let me know in the comments bellow, or tweet me @love_rinnn on twitter!

As always, thanks for reading, and I’ll catch you later~

Bye!

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Diary Entry: Halloween 2017 and Other Spooky Horrors

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Dear Reader,

This year was my last Halloween in Alaska! I didn’t even dress up L O L, but I wore contacts and a cute skirt. I told everyone I was a functioning human for halloween (as apposed to the zombie I normally dress like).halloween2

Sadly, it was a school day, but I took selfies in the cafe on campus, and had lunch with my friend Sam! Afterwards, she went to class at 3pm, and I went and hid in the library until my 5:30pm class and got caught up on the Korean drama While You Were Sleeping, which stars two of my faves Lee Jongsuk and Bae Suji! It’s soooo good, about a reporter and a prosecutor who have dreams about the future!

It’s really addictive, and I would 10/10 recommend! I’ve watched most of Suji’s work, and she’s so charming, but I would have to say this is my favorite drama she’s ever done. Same goes for Lee Jongsuk, I thought he was really great in Pinocchio, but honestly this is so much better! I never thought I would like him with anyone other than Park Shinhye, but he and Suji’s chemistry is off the charts! It’s seriously so good.

Anyway, that weekend, there was a gust of wind that came through from the pacific and melted all the snow, it was 40 degrees! So warm for October, but by Tuesday things had cooled off, and it caused Halloween to be spooky indeed: it was foggy everywhere.

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(The first picture is from the second floor of the library, and the second picture is outside on my way to class)

My inner goth child was really happy with the weather. After that I had class until 8, and my other friend and I went to the library until 11pm to work on our papers for the  history class we’re taking together.

After that I went home, ate some chicken, and watched some YouTube, then went to sleep. I had a pretty great holiday~

So, let me know how your Halloween went down below, and as always: thanks for reading, and I’ll catch you later!

Bye!

Love,

Rin

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Diary Entry: The First Snow

Dear reader,

So, we had our first snow of the season on Saturday (10/21), and I almost died twice. I left the house to go buy water at Costco, and the light turned red, so I break and I couldn’t stop because the road was slick. So I made a sharp turn, and I lived.

The second time, someone almost t-boned me. I was driving by, and they tried to break, but they kept sliding, and almost hit me. Had I been going any slower they would have hit me, but I missed them by an inch because I saw them slide straight into the road behind me. Thankfully there was no one behind me, but I bet they were scared.

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IMG: the view from my bedroom window Saturday night.

By the time today rolled around, most of the snow was gone, but it’s still hecka cold up here. It was 19 degree Fahrenheit this morning, and I heard it was even colder in Fairbanks. Which I can barely imagine, so I’m glad I live in Anchorage at least.

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Aside from the snow, I’m just filling out paperwork, attending classes, and working. As a hobby I’ve been taking pictures for Instagram, which you can see in the sidebar. I have two accounts, a manga account, and last week I started a personal account, so I can post pictures of my travels and stuff. (love_rinnn is my manga account, and rinnn_0315 is my personal)

So, there’s an update! Take care, and tell me something fun happening in your life down below!

Love,

Rin

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