Weekend randomness: Studying in the park, getting married to an apartment, and building a bridge to twitter
Me looking sleepy. I don’t know how to pose for a camera 🙈
Today we picked up the keys to our new apartment. Trying to put stress and cost of moving and the size of apartments in Tokyo aside and just get excited about a change of atmosphere.
I know deep down that even just the slightest improvement will have an effect on my state of being.
I wish everything in Tokyo wasn’t like getting married. You get married to your company, to your phone, to your apartment, to your internet plan. Once you sign up it’s like “til death do us part”. You need a lot of paperwork and prior notice to get a divorce and there is usually a big fee…
Get positive. Get positive.
It IS bigger than the box we live in now.
There is a small balcony.
We finally have a big window that air can circulate through.
It might just be a makeshift paper door, but at least we can put something between us when one of us is working on something.
We decided that this is the last place we will rent. We want to stay here until we have money to buy instead.
She said I never appreciate the small steps, and I guess that is true. I always dream big, and change takes time, especially in Japan, so I sometimes feel a bit disappointed by the speed of progress. I’m trying to be more appreciative for baby steps too. This is me trying, ok 🤣
On the way back to the station from picking up the key we took a detour to the park and tried to learn some Japanese from the signs.
We learned these words from the park signs, a few street signs and a store front sign.
最徐行 slow speed (written)
制限高 maximum height
不法投棄 unlawful dumping
卸値 wholesale price
夜間 late at night
早朝 early in the morning
実施中 being carried out
打ち上げ花火 launching (fireworks)
This is definitely the easiest way to increase my vocabulary. The words I need to learn now are not conversational, I’m already alright on that. I need to learn words which are not easy to use and learning in context is the best, as I’ve mentioned before.
Usually I need a ton of review to learn a word but if I focus on a few every day and focus on the context, it’s a whole lot easier.
Every time I’m on the train I’ll try to pick up 2-3 words from advertisement.
脱毛 hair removal
Ok literally every advertisement today is about hair removal. Better luck tomorrow.
We have two weeks to move everything and we are just moving 2 minutes away so we don’t need to hire a truck. We will move a few boxes a day for the next few days. I don’t imagine it will be very busy al at once, more like some extra chores for a week or two.
That’s why I’m still thinking about how to tie Twitter and Hive and making Cross Culture more interesting.
I have two things I’m planning. The first is a contest for Twitter users who want to try out Hive for the first time but I think starting the other plan first will make the contest easier.
The other plan is a bimonthly Cross culture meetup, one on our discord chat and one on twitter. I have a great idea for the theme and set up and by doing both discord and Twitter I think it’ll make it easier to create a bridge.
I’m thinking the twitter meetup will be random without any planning. We will introduce people to the idea and invite some of them to our discord. Then the discord one will be planned a week or two in advance.
My twitter following consists of mostly people from Japan and language students of various languages, so I hope I could bring a lot of traffic to Hive JP as well as cross culture.
What else is going on? Not much. I’m about to start work, so I’ll end this here.