If there is one thing I have to say about the 2012-13 freshmen, it’s that they are more opened minded to the endless possibilities out in the world, or there are at least curious about it. I mean, in comparison to my class, no offense to them, they just seem more interested in getting out of the country, more interested in studying abroad and to see that, well it’s just a wonderful thing.

To me it shows that times are changing and in contrast to STEM, getting the younger generation involved in science, math, etc., I personally don’t think that the US needs that in order to rise on the world stage, I believe the first step is opening minds and bringing into perspective worldly attributes that can only be acquired from…having an abroad experience.

This is just my two cents of the moment. DREAM BIG. 

AKB48 Phenomenon

I don’t know what was up with AKB48 in Japan, but let me tel you, they’re really popular. Most of the popularity is with men because they are always dancing around with little clothes on and are just really cute, which fits into Japan’s “kawaii culture”.  I not going to lie when I say that I kind of like their music…maybe a lot lol, but I just don’t like the concept of wearing such little amounts of clothes and selling those pictures of themselves. Everyone should know that idols in Japan are a big market, but when you see old men in stores looking at AKB48’s picture in the store, which the members range from 12+up, it’s kind of nasty lol. Here is one of their biggest songs!! Enjoy!!

The Cousin in Japan Part 7: Hana Kawa Door

My cousin, friend, and I were invited to go to this jamming place by the guy I met at the club the other night. I didn’t really want to go at first because I’m a shy person!!!! So what if I was interested in him??? No just kidding, I wanted to go secretly but I didn’t want to say yes without the approval of my cousin and friend because my friend came out to hang with us, all the way to our hostel, and we already kind of decided to go clubbing. Therefore I didn’t want to say yes to blue eyes because I already had plans, but my cousin and friend were down to go, so everything worked out.

We drank a bit before leaving. I think I had 2-3 shots, a ½ bottle of whiskey, and a cocktail before leaving. I’m not sure but I was feeling good and was sane. I’m a heavy weight champion what can I say?? Bwahahahahaha!!! But yah, my friend was new to drinking at the time so he got a bit tipsy after one cocktail and when he drinks he begins to speak in Keigo. Keigo is the SUPER polite way of speaking Japanese. It’s only used we speaking to someone of a higher status than you. For example, when you come to restaurant out here, the waiters and waitresses are going to speak to you in Keigo, be you as the customer are in a higher standing than them because they are serving you. It’s also used in boss and subordinate relations and teacher-student relations.

Yah but he kept speaking in Keigo and no one understood what he was talking about. I’m proficient in Japanese, but NOT when using honorifics (polite forms). It’s very difficult for me. But yah, it was funny. Nolan ended up going home that night, but my cousin and I still went to the Jamming place with them. It was called, “Hana Kawa Door”.

HANA KAWA DOOR

This place gets popping from Thursday-Sat I believe. I don’t remember what day we went though. But they usually have live music playing and performances from various underground artists and Djs, has a bar, and just lots of chill people there. It was kind of like a hippie fest lol.

The reason why I recommend this place is because I performed there with blue eyes. He played the guitar, I sang, mind you with the band still playing behind us. It was just such a cool experience for me because I love music and I love to sing. Hana Kawa Door made me get out of my shell to the max. It was a beautiful night. Also his brothers rapped, which was so cool, and the owner of the bar, her name is “Mimi” remembered me when I returned a couple of months later. She only met me once, so for her to remember me made me really happy. Both times I went there were good times.

If you plan to go, please email her to ask what’s going on that night because I did go there out of the blue one more time but there was no one there, only the bartender lol.

http://www.hanakawadoor.com/

THIS VIDEO IS FROM TWO MONTHS AFTER MY CUZO CAME :]

The Cousin in Japan Part 6: Tokyo Tower

My cousin told me that one of her favorite places was Tokyo Tower. We went there at night and it was pretty crowded but not that crowded. It was a good crowded lol. It was about $25 dollars American money in total to go to the main observation deck and also the highest deck and when you get up there the view is amazing. Although it was at night, I really enjoyed it, I’m not going to lie. We were kind of out of it because we both caught a small cold but we had a good time.

We had to wait about 45 minutes until our number showed up on the screen to be able to go to the highest observation deck, but during that time there is much to do. Well, not much but a good amount. There was a DJ playing there and they were also chatting and stuff. The music they were playing was all in Japanese and it was some weird techno-kiddy stuff so it wasn’t to my liking. I mean, I do like Japanese music but the stuff they were playing was blah….

But don’t worry there, there’s views to see and a restaurant to eat at. OMG, I don’t know if it was because we went there on an empty tummy, but the sandwiches they served there was BOMB.COM. No lie yo. We also treated ourselves to some ice cream for dessert.

FUNNY STORY: After our numbers were called to go to the highest observatory, we up went up and hand to wait in line to go up in this elevator that takes you there. We got up to the front of line but the worker-lady  stops us right at the front and let’s that elevator go up. I said to Nyambura, “What if when the next elevator comes down she only puts us on then let’s us go up by ourselves?” Bwahahahaha!! It was so funny. We were like the only black people in there so people kept staring at us and from the stereotypes of black people that the Japanese have of us, I wouldn’t be surprised if some people were scared. Thus, if they did shut the elevator after only letting us in, it would have been messed up. Of course I was just joking but we were cracking up about it sooo much. Ahhhh Good times :]