Language exchange is a method of language learning based on mutual language practicing by learning partners who are speakers of different languages.
Jan 17, 2011 by Sushi Bird
Today was a good day. First, I went to a cafe to do language exchange with a lovely Japanese girl I have just gotten to know. Believe it or not, Japanese people wanting to learn Norwegian do exist in Tokyo, but they are few and far between. We talked in a strange mix of Japanese, Norwegian and some English when neither of us could explain what we meant in the two first languages. I found it incredibly useful to actually just talk freely to someone Japanese instead of in the classroom, at least I always manage to say more in such a free situation than what I thought I would be able to do. It must have sounded funny to the people around us in the cafe – my messed up Japanese, followed by some English explanations, mixed in with a couple of Norwegian phrases.
I love how everyone have aloe vera growing in little pots outside their houses.
And then I decided to walk back into Shinjuku (新宿), here coming close to Kabukichō (歌舞伎町).
Kabukichō is just a sweet mess of host- and hostess-bars, restaurants and adult entertainment, and of course a ton of love-hotels towards the Shin-Okubo area. It is quite charming in its own busy, strange and peculiar way.
And then I went to Muji – Japan’s answer to IKEA. I was a good girl and did not spend my money in there today.
But I looked at all the pretty sparkly things.
And all the restaurants I have never eaten at…
I passed this store, because I was heading to…
Marui! They have a cute shopping center for the.. eh.. specially interested. They have a whole floor of Lolita goods, one floor of princess goods, one floor of punk and a quite a few other floors filled with mori-fashion and other cute things. I am not particularly into those fashions, but I went to look for some makeup and hair-accessories. This is from the escalator – you are, as always, not allowed to take pictures inside the stores, but I shot this one from my hip because I thought the walls were cute.
And then I went to H&M, and was really lucky in my bargain hunt. Full price for above items: 5100円. What I paid: 600円.
And last, but not least, I went to Sekaido like a good girl and bought notebooks for school. I like to trick my brain into thinking that classes are even more interesting than what they are by buying new notebooks and plastic folders for each term. Oh the joys of new stationery ♥