February 15, 2016
Hi everyone! Welcome to this week’s episode of Eat Your Sushi, where we share little bits of our lives as we’re transitioning into living in Japan. It’s our third episode now, and we’re starting to get a little bit more comfortable with it, though we’ve still got a long way to go until we find a rhythm. I’m just happy we can find a way to share the little videos we take throughout our week. Even before we came to Japan, we’d always film small bits of video, but we’d never know what to do with them, so we’d just delete them after a while. Now I feel like we have a place to share them. I hope you find them somewhat fun :D
I gotta say, though, we had a lot of fun with the Katakana challenge today. Our hearts were racing! And though Martina lost, it’s in no way reflective of how much better she is at reading than I am. She just gets nervous under pressure. I’m not sure why. It’s the same when we had to do stuff in Korean for media in the past. Stuff we’d be able to say regularly with ease dies at our lips when we’re under pressure. Some people are more confident with languages than we are, but we’re still trying!
Also, some people have asked why we learned Katakana before Hiragana. The answer, really, is for practical purposes. Foreign words will be written in Katakana, so we’ll have a better chance of understanding what we’re reading, while if we read something in Hiragana, it’ll be a word that we won’t understand anyways, until we learn how to speak Japanese. We’ve learned Hiragana now, though! It’s actually easier, I think, than Hiragana. I just can’t make heads or tails of what I’m reading in Hiragana…yet!
Otherwise, TODAY IS A HUGE DAY! As you’re watching this video, we are in the process of moving into our new home! OH MY GOD! It’s finally happening! Things were delayed for reasons we’ll talk about later. The process of renting here is different than what we’re used to in Korea. But we got it all sorted out. By 10AM we should be meeting with our landlord. We’ll then be doing a tour of the house and he’ll be showing us how to use its different features. After that, we should be meeting our neighbours. We have small gifts and sweets for everyone. We’re going to dress as professionally as we can, though we haven’t really dressed professionally in a long time, since we don’t ever really have a need to. Then, from 12-2, we should be getting our fridge, washing machine, vacuum, rice cooker, and hair dryer delivered to us. From 1-6 we should be getting our rug, patio furniture, mattress, and bed frame delivered from Ikea. Then, from 6PM till March 22nd we should be struggling with assembling it, cursing to the heavens, then giving up and sobbing. Wish us luck!