日本での一年間

December 14, 2011

How to use a toilet

Filed under: Interesting, school, seikatsu — myyearinjapan @ 11:51 am

I found this in a bathroom stall at a Japanese elementary school.

Instructions on using the toilet made simple for the kids. Translation: 1. Pee Poo 2. Toilet paper (wipe) 3. Flush

 

 

December 19, 2008

Fall Colors on Campus

Filed under: school, Tokyo places, Western Tokyo — myyearinjapan @ 1:48 am

Some pictures I took around campus when the leaves changed colors and as they were falling off the trees. Now most of the trees are bare, but it isn’t nearly cold enough for snow. Some days, watching the leaves fall here was like watching snow fall because so many leaves would come off at once.

Students walk past trees in full fall foliage

Students walk past trees in full fall foliage

Sun shining behind the trees

Sun shining behind the trees

Students enjoy lunch on a beautiful autumn day

Students enjoy lunch on a beautiful autumn day

The ground covered in yellow leaves

The ground covered in yellow leaves

Looking up at the nice blue sky behind the trees

Looking up at the nice blue sky behind the trees

Some trees already slightly bare

Some trees already slightly bare

All yellow

All yellow

auditorium

auditorium

a path with some fall foliage

a path with some fall foliage and the library tower in the background

November 24, 2008

School Festival (Part 4)

Filed under: Events, school, Western Tokyo — myyearinjapan @ 3:47 pm

More pictures from my school festival.

Booth of my friends seminar class, they were selling Burmese food because the class is about Myanmar.

Booth of my friend's seminar class, they were selling Burmese food because the class is about Myanmar.The sign reads: Mohingaa. Rice noodles with fish soup added. Myanmar's national noodle cuisine!

bicycle

bicycle

bright red shoes. And notice the socks. In Japan theres a lot of socks that are like little footies to wear with flats and heels.

bright red shoes. And notice the socks. In Japan there's a lot of socks that are like little footies to wear with flats and heels.

Sign for another booth

Sign for another booth

Again, the Burmese food booth, but now with food ready to sell.

The Burmese food booth, with food ready to sell.

Painting of the Tokyo downtown nightscape

Painting of the Tokyo downtown nightscape

A little kid enjoys his banana covered on chocolate on a stick

A little kid enjoys his banana covered on chocolate on a stick

Newspapers cover a wall in a room where a club has an exhibition about news media

Newspapers cover a wall in a room where a club has an exhibition about news media

McCain, Palin, Obama. (And this is a Japanese newspaper I should point out.)

Today in world news: McCain, Obama, Palin. (And this is a Japanese newspaper I should point out.)

School Festival (Part 3)

Filed under: Events, school, Western Tokyo — myyearinjapan @ 8:50 am

More pictures from the school festival.

A student group selling rolled pizza. not sure what that is exactly...

A student group selling 'rolled pizza.' not sure what that is exactly...

Festival staff members

Festival staff members

People wait to cross the street to get from one side of the campus to the other

People wait to cross the street to get from one side of the campus to the other

Older couple waits to cross the street at the festival

Older couple waits to cross the street at the festival

Students handing out pamphlets, trying to get people to visit their booth

Students handing out pamphlets, trying to get people to visit their booth

Poster hung up for the festival

Poster hung up for the festival

Students practice a dance performance

Students practice a dance performance

November 23, 2008

School Festival (Part 2)

Filed under: Events, school, Western Tokyo — myyearinjapan @ 10:13 am

More pictures from my school’s 学園祭(school festival). At the festival, clubs give exhibitions or set up booths selling overpriced food.

Members of my friends aikido club bow beofer their exhibition

Members of my friend's aikido club bow before their exhibition

Aikido club exhibition - throwing someone down

Aikido club exhibition - throwing someone down

Aikido club exhibition - bowing to each other before they beat each other down

Aikido club exhibition - bowing to each other before they beat each other down

Aikido club exhibition - that looks painful

Aikido club exhibition - that looks painful

A festival volunteer looks over all the bikes parked on the edge of campus for the festival

A festival volunteer looks over all the bikes parked on the edge of campus for the festival

A booth selling some kind of soup

A booth selling some kind of soup

I just thought this girls hair was interesting

I just thought this girl's hair was interesting

Selling takoyaki. Look at the cute takoyaki character they made on the left.

Selling takoyaki. Look at the cute takoyaki character they made on the left.


takoyaki!

November 20, 2008

School Festival (Part 1)

Filed under: Events, school — myyearinjapan @ 8:40 am

Every fall, universities in Japan hold school festivals. (High schools also hold festivals, such as 文化祭=culture festivals and 体育祭=athletic festivals.) During the festivals, clubs set up booths selling food on the campus and various performances take place in converted classrooms and stages built for the festival. For three days, the campus is overtaken with hordes of visitors. Not just people associated with the university come, but also people from nearby universities and people who live in the surrounding area come to the festival. Amazingly, the day after the festival, the campus is quickly restored to its usual splendor and barely any trash remains.

Reflections in the water of people visting the campus for the festival.

Reflections in the water of people visiting the campus for the festival.

An escaped balloon falling away fromt he campus

An escaped balloon falling away from the campus

The Airport Cafe set up by the club of students whove studied abroad

The "Airport Cafe" set up by the club of students who've studied abroad

Another view of the Airport Cafe

Another view of the "Airport Cafe"

Jazz performance

Jazz performance

My friend, on sax, waits on the side during the Jazz performance

My friend, on sax, waits on the side during the Jazz performance

Jazz

Jazz

One of the classroom buildings, converted into many performances spaces and event locations

One of the classroom buildings, converted into many performances spaces and event locations

Hallway

Hallway

Hallway where the jazz players perpare to perform

Hallway where the jazz players prepare to perform

November 13, 2008

Campus Vignettes (Part 3)

Filed under: school, Tokyo places, Western Tokyo — myyearinjapan @ 1:46 am

Here’s the final set of pictures I took around campus.

Pond on west campus

Pond on west campus

People running around the track, west campus.

People running around the track, west campus.

Wooded area on West campus

Wooded area on West campus

International House courtyard

International House courtyard

International house

International house

Emergency stairs

Emergency stairs

November 12, 2008

Campus Vignettes (Part 2)

Filed under: school, Tokyo places, Western Tokyo — myyearinjapan @ 7:36 am

Here are some more pictures I took around campus.

The fountain in front of the library after it had been emptied.

The fountain in front of the library after it had been emptied.

an old man rests on the benches in front of the empty fountains

an old man rests on the benches in front of the empty fountains

Library clock tower

Library clock tower

In preparation for the school festival, a stage set up in front of the West campus Co-op

In preparation for the school festival, a stage set up in front of the West campus Co-op

Stage set up for the campus festival

Stage set up for the campus festival

November 10, 2008

Campus Vignettes (part 1)

Filed under: school, Tokyo places, Western Tokyo — myyearinjapan @ 2:27 am

Here are some pictures I took around my campus.

West Campus Coop, where there is a bookstore, cafeteria, and convenience store.

West Campus Coop, where there is a bookstore, cafeteria, and convenience store.

Auditorium building. The symbol of my campus.

Auditorium building. The symbol of my campus.

The main building.

The main building.

As always, lots of bicycles.

As always, lots of bicycles.

Someone on staff for the school festival. They were preparing for the festival the day I took these pictures

Someone on staff for the school festival. They were preparing for the festival the day I took these pictures

Another view of the auditorium building

Another view of the auditorium building

November 8, 2008

Making Takoyaki

Filed under: school, seikatsu — myyearinjapan @ 5:10 pm

Takoyaki is a fried dumpling filled with octopus (tako in Japanese). The dumpling also get filled with things such as cabbage, tenkasu(tempura crumbs), and pickled ginger. The cooked takoyaki balls are then covered with mayonaise, a glaze sauce, fish shavings and seaweed pieces.

Some of the other people in my dorm borrowed a takoyaki machine and made some recently. Here are some picture of the process of making the takoyaki.

Batter and ingredients next to the takoyaki machine

I like the cute picture of the octopus on the takoyaki machine.

I like the cute picture of the octopus on the takoyaki machine.

Expertly flipping the takoyaki over to make them into perfect round balls.

Expertly flipping the takoyaki over to make them into perfect round balls.

The chef at work

The chef at work

Putting on the okonomiyaki sauce and other finishing touches.

Putting on the okonomiyaki sauce and other finishing touches.

Finished and ready to eat! And smother in okonomiyaki sauce, mayonaise, seaweed, and fish shavings. yum!

Finished and ready to eat! And smother in okonomiyaki sauce, mayonaise, seaweed, and fish shavings. yum!

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