And suddenly...

...it's only 6 days left until I have to leave Japan.

 I don't want to start to write a long "Oh I don't wanna go! I love Japan! It was too short! I don't want to leave my friends! I have settled in so well, I feel so good here! I still need to learn the language! I have no time!"-posts because everyone who went to Japan for a longer (or even shorter time) know those feelings, I'm not the only one of feels like that.

Of course, everybody is different: I know people who liked it here but couldn't get on with everything here so well, or some who like it but still prefer their homecountry and that's totally fine. There are people who fall in love extremely and prefer to concentrate on the happy-fun-'exotic' side of Japan and that's totally fine too. 

I think I'm one of those persons who came here with some background knowledge due to study, books or friends/family (in my case friends and my boyfriend and my study of Japanese and Japanese culture at university) and didn't feel that extremely surprised when seing everything in original. Of course there were things I experienced for the first time but mostly because my boyfriend is Half-Japanese and because I was interested in Japan since my childhood and read book over books, I was somehow familiar with most 'strange japan-things'. 
I really fell in love with Japan but I also have my points of Japanese culture and society which I don't like (not dealing with own war past, history, sexism, racism - like, the stuff no one likes about no country XD).

I said I don't want to write a long whiny post about how much I don't want to go.
Because it's just easy as it is.
I don't want to go. 
I like the everyday life here so much.
It was too short - The past 10 months went by like nothing and it feels like I just arrived here 2 months ago or something..
I don't want to leave my friends and all the nice people I met here.
I kind of feel settled in so well, now that my Japanese finally got a bit better, I just want to stand up next week again and go the konbini and everything.
I still need to learn the language! My Japanese still is so bad, I am afraid I will forget everything if I go back now.
I have no time - there is still so much I want to see, people I want to meet, things I want to try, work I want to do.

That's it.

For the next 6 days I will forget that those are the last days here.


Café at a rainy day

It's "Tsuyu" at the moment. "Tsuyu" is the tropical rain period in Japan, normally it's raining every day and it's just unbelievable humid. Not very funny.
The last weeks it didn't rain at all here in Fukuoka, although it was raining everywhere else in Japan. They said this year it would just not rain.
But since a few days the weather got bad and it starts raining everyday.

Today I helped out in the café that also belongs to my internship.

The café lies inside a little forest and is very beautiful and small. It's an old japanese house. The menu always consists aus only two dishes and one dessert set.

Today's menu was self-made Curry and "Four colors-rice bowl"!

Some pics from the day.
Preparing the little salads for the menus.

Our crew today(^^)

 The ingredients for "Four color rice bowl": Minced meat, carrots, cucumber, scrambled eggs, pickles 

Four colors rice bowl! All the ingredients on top of hot rice(*-*) I had one dish too after the work.

 Handmade plum jam!

 Books and magazines about my internship place~

In the afternoon a troupe of Matsuri-dancers came to the café. Sometimes they do those little shows, it was so funny and interesting!^^ 

We got those rice paddles to clap the rhythm.

The cozy café on the rainy afternoon.
お疲れ様です! That's it! After work is best work :D


Daytrip tp Nagasaki // Chinatown // Atomic Bomb Museum // Sakamoto Ryoma

On sunday, two lovely girls from my internship took me to Nagasaki for a daytrip! (*_*)

We went with an express train, the japese express trains are so classy! :D

 The coean!^^

A brief stop at Obama! :D

Japan's wonderful mountains!

After two hours we arrived at Nagasaki station and first went to Chinatown to have lunch!

 With Akemi and Ayako


We went to eat Chanpon and Sara-Udon which are famous foods of the Kyushu area, especially of Nagasaki's chinatown^^

My Chanpon Noodle soup!

Afterwards we went through Nagasaki.

We went to Ora church, one of the beautiful churches of Nagasaki.

In Nagasaki was the city that had the most contact with Europeans, especially Dutch in Japan's history. There are a lot of dutch builidungs left over everywhere in the city, most of all churches.

But first we stopped at a shop with beautiful glass art. 

So cute (*0*)

So next we went to the Oura church! 

The church was very beautiful. 

Nagasaki ist famous for its' tram system with nice old trams all over the city.

Many japanese cities had trams before but most cities have only busses and subways nowadays. 

We took the tram and went to our next spot, Megane bashi, one of Nagasaki's nice bridges!

Beautiful flowers all over the city!

Megane Bashi (eyeglass bridge)

Afterwards we went to see Ryoma-street! 
Sakamoto Ryoma is probably one of Japan's most famous Samurai.
He paved the way for the Meiji-restauration and everywhere in Nagasaki is stuff about him.
And he is pretty cool :D
I am interested in him because my boyfriend likes him a lot and so I always wanted to know more about this historic character of Japan.

It was hot so we got some chilled Ramune!

 We found Ryoma-Doori!

 There it's written, "Ryoma Doori" - "Ryoma street"

 Accidentally we met an old guy who first photographed us and then said that he is a freelance-Guide and he showed us a nice route all along Ryoma Dori and explained many interesting things about the city, Ryoma and other things.

Beautiful Nagasaki!!

 This bridge is an original leftover from Ryoma's time, 200years ago.

 We climed all the way to the mountain and found a little statue of Ryoma!^^

It was so nice. Afterwards we went to the atomic bomb museum. 
Nagasaki was attacked by the US. at the end of WW II with an atomic bomb right after Hiroshima. 

A chain made of one thousand paper cranes.

This was the place where the bomb dropped down, the epicenter. It was very impressive.

The famous peace statue.

 We went home at 6pm and I made some pics of Japan's beautiful countryside!!

My beautiful Nihon <3

It was a nice day in Nagasaki, such a beautiful city, much history and so much fun with Akemi and Ayako.