do you have twitter? :)
+ lindadesu

i’m sorry, but i don’t :(

Any tips for learning Japanese?
+ Anonymous

when in doubt, katakana. when you start to learn japanese, you will run into vocabulary difficulties. when you do, sometimes turning the word into katakana will actually help… because there’s a chance that it’s a katakana word: like ice cream in japanese is actually aisu kuri-mu or cakeke-ki. there’s a lot of similar english words in japanese. this is used best when talking to japanese people though. sorry this tip sounds really stupid… i’m really terrible at explaining, but this is actually my favorite and most useful tip that i’ve applied in all the years i’ve studied.

my friends like to have little memorization tricks, a pretty popular one is the phrase for “you’re welcome” which is “douitashimashite" which kind of sounds like "don’t touch my mustache.” my japanese teacher from high school also liked telling little stories for difficult words… they were terribly corny, but i can’t forget some vocab because of it.

most importantly, do not give up. japanese is really difficult the more you get into the formalities, verb conjugation, characters, etc. it’ll get difficult to stay determined, but it’s a beautiful language. make sure you stay motivated :)

you should also find tips that better suit your learning style, but you will eventually end up coming up with your own tips.

also flashcards. flashcards help a lot.

i’m really exhausted so i can’t think right now, but if i come up with more/better ones, i’ll post it sometime in the future. sorry if these tips don’t help :/

What are those little fish things?
+ Anonymous

it’s whitebait, shirasu in japanese :)

Whitebait is a collective term for the immature fry of fish, typically between 25 and 50 millimetres long. Such young fish often travel together in schools along the coast, and move into estuaries and sometimes up rivers where they can be easily caught with fine meshed fishing nets.

Whitebait are tender and edible, and can be regarded as a delicacy. The entire fish is eaten including head, fins, bones, and guts. Some species make better eating than others, and the particular species that are marketed as “whitebait” varies in different parts of the world.


It is more a message than a question but, you succeed to make me hungry with your blog that I have a huge pleasure to follow. Congrats! 😁
+ vortex-oblivion

did you hear ryuichi sakamoto has cancer :(
+ citrusbergamia



are you still in japan??? are you okay??
+ imponderable-dysphoria

i’m actually in cambodia right now!

sorry if i worried you, i never properly announced that my study abroad was over. even so, i studied in kansai and it seems that they’re experiencing heavy rainfall(?) i haven’t read up much about the typhoon yet, but it’s more of okinawa and kyushu that are heavily affected at the moment.

thank you for the recipe!
+ Anonymous

I think your blog is pretty damn neat k bye I'll be over here drooling.
+ morningstararcana

Weeb lmao
+ Anonymous

is that really the best insult you have? 0/10 no effort

I recently discovered that tofu skin exists (chinese flatmate) and I love it. Do you know if there are japanese dishes with it?
+ Anonymous

tofu skin in japanese is called yuba! i recently had yuba flavored soft cream, but yuba is actually a common ingredient used in many japanese dishes.

one very popular dish that uses tofu skin is called inarizushi, but the tofu skin is fried and then wrapped around rice. you can see it on my tumblr here.

i know it’s popular in kyoto because it’s served as part of a main course, but when it comes to specific japanese dishes, nothing comes to mind, except yubamaki, in which i’ll post a vegan-friendly recipe in a few minutes. :)

Hey , what is dango or mochi or hanami dango? BTW loving your blog!!
+ Anonymous

Dango is a Japanese dumpling and sweet made from mochiko (rice flour), related to mochi. It is often served with green tea. Dango is eaten year-round, but the different varieties are traditionally eaten in given seasons. Three to four dango are often served on a skewer.

Hanami dango: has three colors, Hanami dango is traditionally made during Sakura-viewing season. Hence the name Hanami (Hanami means “flower viewing”; hana meaning “flower”, and mi meaning “to see”). (source)

Mochi is Japanese rice cake made of mochigome, a short-grain japonica glutinous rice. The rice is pounded into paste and molded into the desired shape. In Japan it is traditionally made in a ceremony called mochitsuki. While also eaten year-round, is a traditional food for the Japanese New Year and is commonly sold and eaten during that time. (source)

every time i see takoyaki, i cry real tears of joy
+ ofglassandalloy

Your blog is cool!!!^_^it is very beautiful !!!
+ diamonds-brilliant

How long were you in japan? are you still in japan? why were you in japan? basically i just want to know about your japan experience.
+ Anonymous

1. from the end of january until mid-june (2014)

2. yes i’m still in japan

3. i’m here on study abroad :)

This is an odd question, but how often do you encounter the big bugs (i.e. the mukade, huntsman spider, joruri spider, giant hornet, etc) in Japan? I plan on studying abroad in Japan in the future for my major, but at the same time, I'm also very arachnophobic and entomophobic. so I'm wary of encountering those bugs/arachnids while I'm there. I heard the spiders are very huge, too.
+ Anonymous

um, well from my experience, i haven’t really encountered many bugs. maybe once a month at the most? and it’s usually a big beetle or something.

i wish the best of luck for when you do study abroad, i think as long as you keep your distance and keep calm (if you can~), you should be fine!

if any of my followers that have studied abroad can remember how often they’ve encountered bugs, would you mind replying for this anon? :)