Simplemente una tomada de pelo

Estoy enojada y no voy a escribir en inglés hoy. Pero necesito expresar unas cuantas cosas. Hace tiempo que estoy desaparecida, pero lo que pensé que seria un hermoso comienzo, fue una inesperada sorpresa.

Para los que no saben, estoy estudiando en una de las universidades más importantes y reconocidas de Japón, llamada Tsukuba university, busquen en google y  van a ver que es famosa, tiene muchísimos centros de investigación, laboratorios médicos, campos de deportes GIGANTES! Se ve que recibe mucho presupuesto del gobierno!! ( clap, clap, inversión para educación!! ). Presente un proyecto de investigación en la embajada de Japón en Argentina, rendí exámenes, etc y me otorgaron una beca llamada MEXT, del ministerio de educación Japonés para realizar mi Master y hacer un curso intensivo de japonés.  pero saben que… estas dos primeras semanas fueron muy inesperadas. Voy a aclarar ante cualquier malentendido que no tengo nada en contra del ámbito académico, ni del personal de la universidad, ni le los docentes, que por cierto son extremadamente buenos.

La cosa es así, no voy a dar muchos detalles del papelerio, ni de las reuniones, etc. pero les quiero transmitir la idea general. Imaginen que llegan a Japón, becados a una universidad muy famosa, y cuando entran a los dormitorios, los esperan con esto:

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Que linda bienvenida, no?

y seguimos con las fotos.

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No se imaginan que inspirador que es intentar cagar en ese baño.

y finalmente les voy a comentar una anécdota sobre mi cuarto.

Apenas entre, sentí un olor a muerto muy pero muy fuerte. todavía no se ha ido. sinceramente creo que es la causa de mis dolores de cabeza. Segundo, NO tiene aire acondicionado ni ningún método de calefacción. Tercero vamos no soy una persona gorda, tengo mis variaciones de peso pero dale, la primera vez que me senté en la cama, se rompió. Me tuvieron que cambiar la cama y el colchón, pero tardaron 2 días.

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No sólo eso, sino que también tengo visitantes! a la hora de comer, de bañarme y de ir al baño, con eso me refiero cucarachas, inspiration!! A su vez, solo hay dos duchas para, 76 personas, así que hay que madrugar!

Por suerte tengo a mi esposo viviendo en Tokyo, en un bonito y LIMPIO departamento por lo cual viajo lo que más puedo, pero al tener 7 hrs de japonés al día se me hace imposible ir todos los días.  ( y dos de ida y dos de vuelta con una tarifa de alrededor, 30 usd, se complica)

Ya estoy buscando un depto para irme, estoy muy estresada, y ocupada con tantas cosas para hacer, ver inmobiliarias en japones, contratos etc. Lo único que quiero aclarar de esta residencia llamada OIKOSHI, pero que se debería llamar INFIERNO, es la gente. La verdad son todas chicas en la misma situación, que no pueden creer esto. Si no hubiese sido por su compañía día a día aquí, ya hubiese mandado TODO a la mierda.

 

Es muy injusto, no todos se pueden ir rápido de acá. Es anti higiénico. No puedo creerlo, hay japoneses también viviendo acá, no se quejan no dicen nada.

Estoy agotada, solo quiero poder dormir tranquila. No puedo más, los olores, los ruidos, la mugre. Por favor, es simplemente una tomada de pelo.

 

 

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New life ! (English / Español)

Hello! Last week I finally finished all the paperwork for my scholarship and this Wednesday  (2nd April)  I moved to Tsukuba Campus. For those who don’t know I’m still living in Shinagawa, but as the University is far from Tokyo, I decided to rent a dorm to be there the weekdays.

I’m tired because of the move, the nerves, the expectations, etc. But I want to write something and share some pictures of the parks and cherry trees inside the campus.

The first semester of my scholarship is only going to be an intensive Japanese course. Intensive means every day and many many hours. But I’m so happy, I really need to improve my Japanese and this opportunity is great! And then in October I will have the entrance examination for my master.

So now, I’m not a master student, I am a日本語。日本文化.  Btw I have to write about my dorm, my new friends and a lot of beautiful things that happened to me this week , for example having the chance to do a cultural exchange every day at any time!! It’s awesome! . But now I’m lazy so that’s going to be in the future!

Thanks for reading my blog =)

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Hola!! Tuve mucha suerte en poder terminar todos los trámites para la beca la semana pasada y como tenía planeado el miércoles pasado ( 2 de abril) me mude al campus de Tsukuba! Por supuesto que también sigo manteniendo mi otro domicilio. Pero es muchísimo más conveniente estar cerca de la universidad ya que el viaje además de ser carísimo es muy largo ( 3 trenes y un colectivo).

Todavía estoy cansada pero voy a escribir un poco. Los primeros seis meses de la beca van a consistir en un curso intensivo de japones. A lo que me refiero todos los días muchas horas. Seguro que va a ser duro, pero estoy muy feliz de poder hacer esto! es lo que quería hace mucho tiempo! En el mes de octubre voy a tener el examen de ingreso para el master.

La verdad es que estoy agotadísima, ya voy a escribir acerca del dormitorio, de mis nuevas amigas y de las cosas increíbles que me pasaron esta semana, ej: tengo la posibilidad de hacer un intercambio cultural desde que abro los ojos. Es genial!

Dejo algunas fotos del campus.

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What I’m doing in Japan!

Hello Friends! I’ve decided to give one more opportunity at this blog. So Today I will explain you what I’m doing in Tokyo.

In the past I was a member of a very dangerous criminal mafia in Argentina and because of that I was exiled by the government jajajaj just kidding. The truth is that I have never thought I was going to live here.

I was raised in a “small “city in Argentina situated in the middle of nowhere where it was impossible for me to learn Japanese because there weren’t Japanese teachers there,  So I think that my first connection with this culture was Dragon Ball or Saint Seya. But of course that’s not the reason why I’m living here.

When I finished High-school I moved to Buenos Aires to study at college. I went to Buenos Aires University and my major is economy. (The truth is that I’m not very interest in economics theories, and in my opinion are useless in Argentina… but well this is not a blog to discuss that.)

When I was a college student I used to live alone and I met one wonderful neighbor who lived in the upper floor. We became friends very fast because we shared many interests in common, we used to watch old TV shows together. One day I had the chance to meet his mother. She was a Japanese teacher, and since that day I knew I wanted to start studying Japanese. So I looked in the internet for some language school and found one that was near my apartment.

I still remembered the first class. It was very crowed and there were also girls wearing some kind of gotic Lolita style cosplays, it was a very strange situation. But at that time I only wanted to learn Japanese so it was ok for me. With time those strange living beings gave up, and we end up just being 5 students. I miss so much my Japanese teacher, and my classmates. That time in my life was very special for me. I don’t know if you are aware of the fact that that’s where I met my husband. Yeah I know is fucking crazy I met him studying Japanese and now we are living in Japan. One day, maybe 4 years ago (I think It was raining) I went with him to a conference about scholarships to study here in Japan and that’s where everything started. I was so excited and I knew that it was going to be a new challenge in my life. But at that time I was still a student (In Argentina a career takes about 5 and a half years) so I continue with my life, but as I knew this was going to be difficult I decided to start again my English lessons and I don’t know if was destiny or just coincidence that my new English teacher was also studying Japanese.  She was a wonderful teacher! So at that time my English and Japanese were improving and also my economics knowledge was. (I’m not sure about the last one jajaja).

At university I was not very interested about microeconomics or macroeconomics, I have never being that kind of student. Although I finished my career on time and my grades were good, I wasn’t a model student. I was attracted by others subjects like energy and environmental economy but there weren’t good teachers at university whose major were that field of study. My thesis was about this subject and the truth is that writing that piece of shit was a nightmare. There wasn’t information and I didn’t have a tutor and although it was approved with a high mark, for me it was horrible. I felt that nobody was interested in my ideas it was so fucking frustrating. But that experience gave me a big big BIG opportunity. Sometimes, life sucks but you have to be strong and believe in yourself.

I finished university in 2012 and did my first trip to japan with my husband, (at that time my boyfriend). It was incredible I still find difficult to describe what I felt, well it was august so it was very hot and sticky jajaja. It was the best of the best! My relationship with my boyfriend became stronger, we were sharing ideas, we were walking into new streets, also joking about living in Tokyo soon. But we never imagined it was going to be that soon. Of course I love my country but it’s completely different from Japan, its white and black, day and night. I still don’t know where I’m going to be living in the future. I didn’t even know I was going to be living here one year ago.

Back in Argentina I started looking for a job and it was also a nightmare, I didn’t have contacts and the true is that was very difficult for me. I was near depression, not being able to find a job, so one day I reached the bottom and started writing a research project to present in the embassy of Japan in Argentina for a Scholarship. It wasn’t t easy to do that. But I had the support and love of my boyfriend so I did my best.  I was waiting for the results of this first stage when I found a job. I started working because I was not sure about the results and also because the process of selection was very long.  It was a nice place and my coworkers were very kind to me. I think it was 13 days later that my boyfriend told me that he found a job in Japan and the same day I received an email of the embassy informing that I’d passed the first stage.

So the next 2 weeks were crazy. I abandoned my new job that was VERY difficult to find and got married with the love of my life, sometimes people ask me why I married so young, but common I wasn’t that young I was 24. I try to smile at them because it’s simple I married because I loved my husband. Sometimes you have to take risks in life but I don’t think this was a risk jajaj. The risk was losing my job or moving to a country that was completely different from mine.

Next month (September 2013) we moved to Japan! We arrived just only with our luggage and started looking for an apartment very quickly. We were lucky to find such a good place next to my husband’s company.

Sometimes people think that everything in my life is awesome, beautiful and easy. But you know why? It’s not easy. I fought and still fight very hard for my dreams. I also had health problems here and I was completely lost. But that’s ok that was going to happen one day.  I’m not having holidays here so this is part of the pack.

It was in January when I received the final confirmation of the scholarship. I finally got it. I am very happy I will have the chance to study what I really want! Meanwhile I was waiting for the confirmation I started a part-time job in a wonderful language school. It helped me a lot because as you know I was waiting for the confirmation of something very important for me, so thanks to this job my anxiety levels went down. I also tried to improve my Japanese skills but it was too difficult for me alone -_-.

So next month I will start a new stage of my life. It’s going to be a BIG challenge but the truth is that I’m happy to know that! I hate easy things! I’m also going to have Japanese lessons and the chance to improve what I wasn’t able to do alone.

Sorry for this long entry. Hope you enjoyed =)

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Tokyo Motor Show 2013

La verdad es que no me considero una amante de los autos, es más los veo como simples herramientas para llevarte de un lado al otro. Cuando se me pasa por la cabeza comprarme uno pienso en el seguro, el garaje, las multas, etc y me da dolor de cabeza. A ver en algún momento supongo que tendré ganas de tener uno, pero mientras tanto disfruto del sistema de transporte japones que es increíblemente eficiente.

Pero bueno no se puede negar que son bonitos, el que lee este post y es amante de los autos lo va a disfrutar un montón!

La semana pasada fuimos al Tokyo Motor Show, es un evento muy famoso que se lleva a cabo una vez al año y básicamente se exponen autos y las novedades tecnológicas que van surgiendo año a año. Por ejemplo, parece que este año se pusieron a full con las energías renovables y autos ecológicos ( híbridos y eléctricos). La verdad que genial.

Este evento se desarrolló en Odaiba, en el Tokyo Big Sight. Es un centro de convenciones muy grande. Con una forma bastante “extravagante”. IMG_7242

La expo estuvo genial! Estuvimos aproximadamente 5 horas recorriendola, había una variedad increíble de vehículos, desde marcas japonesas como TOYOTA, KAWASAKI, a otras como PORCHE, JAGUAR, MERCEDES. Bueno y de gente también como pueden ver.

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Me parece dato interesante contarles que acá los promotores de autos no sólo son mujeres.

En fin, algunos de los autos que se expusieron fueron estos,

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Les dejo este link con TODAS LAS FOTOS, por razones de capacidad del blog no voy a subirlas a todas, enjoy!!  Tokyo Motor Show 2013  (http://tinyurl.com/tms13)

Y bueno para finalizar el post fotos con las mascotas del evento! ( lo que más me divierte!)

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Y algunos videos de otras personas para que se vea un poco mas del evento probablemente mejor filmado/fotografiado 😛