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Maria in Japan

Maria Fotopoulos

School: Germany

I'm eighteen years old and an exchange student in Japan with the organisation YFU. I go to a public Highshool, am in the Kyudo Club and will be here until January 2014 :)

Less than 4 days left! And Kyudo news

Actually, I will leave Saturday to fly to Tokio and will fly to Germany on Sunday. On the one hand, I’m sad to leave but on the other and,I’m really happy to be home again! Understandably, blogging wasn’t really my priority while on exchange, thats why I haven’t written anything in a long time. But

New Arrows

My new arrows arrived! But almost had a heart attack because it said 30 000 yen :O And I’m sorry for what I said earlier, but the gloves are too damn expensive. 15 000 yen :O so glad I got them for free (used ones). Obviously, the falsely put the glove on the receipt too. For anyone

This is what life in Japan is like during the summer

When I arrive in class (I literally look like this) My school has aircondition, soo But as soon as I get out of class… Be prepared… it will be worse

I don’t always update my Blog, but when I do…

…you get super cool pictures from me at Kyudo pratice My motivation went really upwards because I’m now not embarrasingly bad

Why I should watch my body language and Assistant Language Teacher

First of all, I feel really embarrassed. Just like… I kind of suspected what my ”fault” yesterday was, but it’s more of a misunderstanding. First of all, my teacher is not really angry (anymore). It’s not like she said anything to me. But my level of stupidity is just too damn high -.-. And here’s

My teacher seems to be angry with me…

…And I have no idea why :O After class, friends told me that my teacher is angry with me, and started to explain why because I had/still have no idea. Something with a boy, silence, and me being bad. I can’t remember being loud, though… What did I do? Apparently, it’s not that bad because

What normal Japanese Bento Boxes look like

It’s weird, at first, because the food is cold, but it tastes good Under it is also another Box with rice, which is standard^^ I eat it at 12:40 at school with friends

Do you get homesick often?

Mhm… Overall, I’m not really homesick. It depends on the situation. Usually, I have moments when I really want to be home or at least understand the language better. This occurs mostly when my hostmother tries to explain me things, and I just don’t understand them. Or when I make a mistake based on misunderstandings.

School Festival^^

Today, I was at the school festival from the school of my hostbrother. There were many different kind of food stands, and the okonomiyaki was really delicious^^. The students sell stuff to raise money for their clubs. I went there with another exchange student and her hostmum. It was fun to see her again^^ But

I buy too many sweets :D

As of yet, a big deal of my money really goes into buying snacks. I often share with my friends, though. One day I bring something, the other day someone else. What I noticed, the packages are way smaller, and this is a European speaking. The difference between American/Japnese must be huge

Great reason for an exchange year: You learn new things you didn’t even imagine to learn there

The thread on the hem of my school skirt came loose, and I had to sew it by myself again (with the help of a youtube video

Yeah, sports test today

Which wasn’t really that much fun. For my class, it started with an health check (weight and height, although I think that can’t be true, because I sure am over 164.5 cm tall, and eyesight.) We don’t have something like that in Germany, but I was prepared for something like that (it could have been worse

MariaInJapan: Ever thought about ”What if my exchange year was in another country?”

MariaInJapan: Ever thought about ”What if my exchange year was in another country?” brigoestojapan: mariainjapan: I was sitting in class today and thought exactly that. Anyone else, too? What if my exchange year was in America instead of Japan? I absolutely love the english language, and think it is a lot of fun. I always

Ever thought about ”What if my exchange year was in another country?”

I was sitting in class today and thought exactly that. Anyone else, too? What if my exchange year was in America instead of Japan? I absolutely love the english language, and think it is a lot of fun. I always wanted to experience the ”American way of life”, but instead, I’m in Japan. Before I

Kyudo Turniament

So the first years really do call me Senpai And another one reminds the others of that, which is totally cute^^ Last Saturday, I was at a Kyudo turniament. The first years and I only watched the Senpais, though. But it was really cool. Next Saturday is another one, and maybe I get to participate^^

Tsukareta

vikkigoesabroad: New Word – tsukareta.Meaning – Exhausted Basically, my life in Japan explained. ‘Omg it’s so hard to ride the bike up the hill’ – “Tsukaretaaa”

I think I’m slowly making progress

Not just my Japanese, but my physical condition^^ I ride the bike to school, and my hostbrother said the distance would be 5 km. It may not be much, but when it goes up and down, it’s a hell of a lot work for me. When I arrive at school, I’m literally done and sit 5

So today in Homeroom, everybody was allowed to ask questions about me/Germany

But thankfully, this was in the last 15 minutes^^ A girl: So what is a famous food in Germany? Me: I’m not even kidding. My Japanese isn’t good enough yet to give a more detailed answer A boy who doesn’t look THAT good (not ugly, just, ya know^^): What do you think about my face?

School shoes/bag

Am I japanese enough yet?

Green tea kitkat