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In Japanese, there are two words used to say “something”, “anything”, and “nothing”; 何か/なにか/nanika and 何も/なにも/nanimo
何か/なにか/nanika using in a positive statement means “something”, while 何か/なにか/nanika used in a question means “anything?”. 何も/なにも/nanimo is used in negative questions, and means “not anything”, or “nothing”.
These two words are used in place of the particles は/ha, が/ga, and を/wo, and thus can be used alone without particles. Later, we will learn what we need to do when other particles would be used.
And some examples:
猫（ねこ）が何か（なにか）持ってきました（もってきました）。neko ga nanika mottekimashita. - The cat has brought something
猫（ねこ）は何か（なにか）食べましたか（たべました）。neko ha nanika tabemashitaka. Has the cat eaten anything?
いいえ、猫（ねこ）は何も食べませんでした。iie, neko ha nanimo tabemasendeshita. No, he cat has not eaten anything.
Well the title says it all really. I’m leaving tomorrow. As far as I can tell I’ve nearly got everything sorted, everything packed. A few more bits and bobs to go in.
I’m not sure what I was going to write in this post. Except for the fact that the next time I post, it will be coming straight out of Japan!
Why not check out my food blog?
But don’t worry, I will still be writing and posting photographs over at Oxford2Osaka.
If you are interested in reading about life as an exchange student in Japan, go follow that blog.
It’s only 20 days until I fly out now. Less than three weeks. Despite having done so much less preparation than I did last time, things are still slowly getting sorted. There’s probably loads of things I have completely forgotten.
I sorted out my visa a couple of weeks ago and bought my first £100 of yen (well, it was about £95 and gave me ￥14,000). I ordered a new driving license (I lost the my old one last time I was in Japan, and it helps to have other forms of ID apart from my gaijin card and passport). I also ordered a new set of foreign currency cards, just something to use until I can get myself a Japanese bank account. And my flat will be finalised once I get to Japan after a meeting with Mr. Taniguchi (the estate agent).
What still annoys me is that KGU still hasn’t really told us anything about what we are supposed to do when we get there. Friends of mine that are staying in university accommodation have not been told which block they are in, nor how and when they are supposed to pay it.
Once I get to Japan I’ll have to get my gaijin card (外国人登録証明書 gaikokujin tōroku shōmeisho alien registration card officially). I’ll probably need to set up an account with a Japanese bank and get myself a Japanese phone. I’m guessing at some point I’ll be signing up for courses, but like I said, they haven’t told us anything about that.
I recently signed up for two programs run by KGU: the Speaking Partner Program and the Home Visit Program. In the SPP, I will be introduced to a Japanese person, to be a speaking partner and a guide. The HVP will introduce m to the family of a local KGU student. What I do with them could be anything, but suggestions are day trips, visiting on holidays etc.
It’ll be good to meet new people off of the bat, but I won’t rely on these programs to make friends.
Anyway, that’s all for today!
Once everything is settled down lessons will be back as normal.
Now, I am a massive foodie. I good food. And I love Japanese food. So a friend and I had the idea to start a proper Japanese food blog, full of original content. It had occurred to me that there aren’t many original food blogs here on tumblr.
Of course, I will be living in central Japan. My friend will be living in the south on the island of Kysuhu. These two places, though having many foods in common, will also have lots of regional delicacies.
So between the two of us, we decided to document all the good food that we eat in one easy to find blog: TheJapaneseFoodBlog.
So if you love seeing pictures of and reading about the good, the bad and the weird of Japanese food, go check out the blog now.
ジラフ girafu giraffe
猿 さる saru monkey
象 ぞう zou elephant
獅子 しし shishi lion
蛇 へび hebi snake
The process of my getting my student visa.
友（だち） とも（だち） tomo(dachi) friend also 友（人） ゆう（じん） yuu(jin) friend
女 おんな onna woman also 女 じょ jo girl
男 おとこ otoko man also 男 だん dan boy
人 じん/にん jin/nin person also 人 ひと hito person
子 こ ko child also 子 し shi child
牛 うし ushi cow
馬 うま uma horse
鳥 とり tori chicken
羊 ひつじ hitsuji sheep
豚 ぶた buta pig