Gudetama πŸ³πŸ’€

Gudetama is Sanrio’s greatest creation (imo 😏) and what’s not to love about him? He’s lazy (#relatable πŸ™‹πŸ») and he’s an an anthropomorphic egg. Enough said.

The term Gudetama is derived from Gude ‘ぐで’ which is onomatopoeia in Japanese for something or someone lacking energy and Tama ‘たま’ which comes from the word Tamago ‘γŸγΎγ”’ meaning egg. So Gudetama is quite literally a lazy egg 🍳!

I’ve been obsessed for Gudetama for quite a while which is evident by looking at some of my recent purchases…

I even had some Gudetama socks which I have worn so much that they now have huge holes in them 😱 I loved them too much πŸ˜₯

There is also an animated series of Gudetama which you can see below! They’re super short but really funny and useful for Japanese πŸ‘πŸ»

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=X4tYMGphIqE

I hope you have a wonderful day wherever you are! (^_^)

🌸Sakura Student🌸

My Survival Guide to Kanji (βŒ’β–½βŒ’)

One of the biggest challenges of learning Japanese is definitely the infamous and dreadedKanji! 😱

IMG_5222Β I could talk for ages about how many hours (days and weeks would probably be more accurate) I have spent revising Kanji and don’t even get me started on the various Onyomi and Kunyomi readings (HINT: they’re a pain in the butt!! πŸ‘). However, I have been learning Kanji for a year and thought I’d share some of my revision techniques for anyone who’s interested! πŸ˜€

1) Invest in some Kanji books πŸ“š

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This is by far my favourite series of Kanji Book! It gives you a set amount of Kanji to memorise per week and there are lots of exercises to help consolidate what you’ve learnt. They are quite pricey but are worth it in my opinion!

2) Write Kanji everywhere!

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If you have Kanji written everywhere you look, you won’t be able to forget it! I like writing Kanji on my hand (as you can plainly see xD) but there are many other ways to do this. One of my friend’s flat at Uni is covered in Japanese post-it notes and she’s a whizz at Japanese so maybe it’s the key to success!

3) Write sentences out in Japanese using the Kanji you’ve learnt!

I must confess, I don’t do this as much as I should which is quite lazy on my part πŸ˜… but it really helps you actively remember Kanji instead of passively writing them out on a piece of paper.

4) Practise makes perfect! ^^

Basically, the more work and revision you do, the more Kanji you will remember so don’t forget to work hard πŸ’ͺ🏻 There’s no magical way to easily learn Kanji but these are just a few of my fave ways to remember them so I hope I’ve helped or given you a few ideas! πŸ˜„

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🌸 Sakura Student 🌸

My Tonsillectomy Experience

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Before my surgery, I’d suffered from Tonsillitis every few months and I’d be in so much pain that I’d be crying myself to sleep πŸ˜₯ Since I’m going to Japan next year, I didn’t want this to be another problem to deal with and the longer you leave a Tonsillectomy, the more painful it is so I thought now would be the perfect time!

I’ll be honest… this surgery is PAINFUL! D: But now that I’m over the worse, it’s totally worth it so I do recommend it. I’ll give a day by day experience of my first 10 days (it’s Day 10 as I write this) so anyone thinking about this surgery will have a better idea on what they’re getting into.

Surgery Day: The surgery lasted roughly 30 mins and I spent the rest of the day feeling very dozy so spent most of the day sleeping, which students need a lot of, so I wasn’t complaining! Also, I couldn’t use the toilet (no. 1 xD) for a few days so don’t worry if this happens to you, it’s just a side effect of the surgery!

Days 1: The pain medication was still working so I wasn’t in agony but I couldn’t talk and my throat felt very thick and I could already see scabs forming at the back of my throat. In my hospital, they made me eat a croissant before I went home because apparently eating solids helps a sore throat??? Needless to say I cried a few times.

Days 2-4: PAIN, PAIN, PAIN! These are by far the worst days and once you get over this it will get better, I promise! You will most likely not be able to talk and eat anything other than soup and mash. Drinking water hurts and you’ll have lots of pleghm which you won’t want to swallow (so you might want a spit cup). This isn’t pleasant, I know, but it helped me a lot. The scabs also start to form during this time so your throat, if you look inside, will be yellow and thick. This is normal, so don’t worry! Make sure to take paracetamol to ease the pain. There is also a risk of bleeding during this time. This didn’t happen to me but if you do get bleeding, go to the hospital right away.

Day 5-6: Mornings are always the worse so make sure you drink plenty of water before you go to sleep to keep yourself hydrated so your throat doesn’t dry out. Still painful but slightly less so than days 2-4. Nothing else has really changed at this point.

Day 7-9: My scabs started to come off during this time and although I didn’t feel any extreme pain, my throat had more of a burning/bruised sensation when I tried to drink or eat anything. Still uncomfortable and sleeping is a bit difficult, but I felt over the worse and was slowly getting better each day. I could also speak a little bit (albeit very hoarsely) which was a relief as I love to yak!

Day 10: Still discomfort when I eat/drink but I feel a zillion times better! πŸ˜€ Since I haven’t been able to go outside because of the risk of infection, my parents bought me a cake and some other soft treats to have now that I’m on the up. I can’t wait to go outside because I’m tired of being cooped up in the house. Nevertheless, I’m glad the worse is over and can’t wait to eat pizzas and other glorious foods soon!

My Tips:

  • I ate tea and biscuits (Day 6 onwards) for breakfast and this honestly was a lifesaver as it gave me the energy and hydration that I needed!
  • Mashed potatoes are beautiful.
  • Try to take your mind off the pain by watching movies, Netflix or playing games as you’ll focus on this pain if you don’t keep your mind busy!
  • Feeling nauseous or dizzy for the first few days is normal as you won’t be getting the right nutrients for your body and you’ll be weak as a result.
  • Listen to your body! If you’re thirsty, drink, no matter how much it hurts!
  • Time heals all wounds and no matter what pain you’re going through, I promise it will all be worth it so stay strong!! :3

 

 

The Beginning

🌸 Hey everyone, I’m Emiriko and welcome to my blog! 🌸

After reading Marzias Bisognin’s (Cutiepiemarzia’s) blog for some time, I thought it would be fun to start my own πŸ™‚

I’m starting university soon to study Japanese Studies and History with a Year Abroad so I thought that now would be a good time to document all my Uni adventures! As you can probably wager from my degree, I love everything about Japan and I think my recently purchased stationary reflects this…

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And my phone case (too name a few!!)…

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Gudetama 🍳

I’m slightly obsessed πŸ™ˆ

So if you’re just passing by, I hope you enjoy reading my blog and have a wonderful day οΌΌ(^o^)/

~ Emiriko ~