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October 9th, 2007 (09:32 pm)

current mood: tired

Well, quick trip done and over with. This trip reminded me so much of why we stopped going there a few years back now. Basically the trip went something like this:

Sun - fly to Vancouver, check-in, book shopping at Iwase, J foodstore in Richmond (don't remember the name), eat at Chinese restaurant
Mon - Granville Island market, Fujiya (J foodstore), Book-Off, Iwase, Tsukiji (J restaurant), Shoppers (for muscle relaxant for me; oops)
Tues - IHOP (breakfast), Granville Island (fungi!), Fujiya, Iwase, airport (2 hrs earlier than necessary)

Shopping at Iwase each day is pretty typical but we were seriously reaching when we went back to Granville again. >.> Still, not all was lost. The Granville Market was quite interesting albeit smaller than I remember it. We managed to pick up some chanterelles, lobster mushrooms(?), and matsutake, as well as some handmade soaps. I was eyeing a journal over at Paper-ya but decided against it as they were too busy to help me and it was in a locked case. >.> Still, if we didn't decide to go to the market again today for the mushrooms to bring home, we'd've been seriously stuck for things to do in the city before having to head to the airport. *sigh*

Book-wise, I did manage to pick up some grammar and reading comp books for the JLPT although no kanji books. I also managed to nab Claymore 13. ^o^ (I also picked up Genji Monogatari vol 1 to try reading.) Beyond that, I'm glad to be home. I don't care *what* they say the temperature was in Vancouver. It was *freezing*! I seem to forget about the humidity factor when travelling a lot. >.> As it was, even though it was low-mid teens, it felt much colder. (At that temp over here, my leather jacket is a bit too warm.) I'll learn that lesson some century. It just doesn't seem like it'll be this one. *sigh*

I guess when I go for the JLPT, I'll stay downtown and maybe wander Gastown since I haven't done that for a very long time now. Either that or I'll find a nice cafe to ensconce myself in and read a book and people watch. :P


Posted by: Kakurenbo (akinarei)
Posted at: October 10th, 2007 01:23 am (UTC)

I wish you good luck!

May I ask why you decided to take the JLPT after all?

Posted by: Shadow (kagedreams)
Posted at: October 11th, 2007 12:57 am (UTC)

^^;; It could be interesting. I decided to take the exam to see how my Japanese is in terms of the exam. I expect the listening comp shouldn't be too much of a problem simply because that's probably one of my stronger points. The main points of interest will be grammar (hah! what grammar?!) and kanji (eep!). Reading comp will hopefully be okay although I'm really used to reading things through context more than anything. ^^;; So far, from what I've managed to go through on the kanji end, I have a good understanding for meanings, but my knowledge of the actual reads for the kanji (on and kun yomi) are definitely weaker. >.> I've only managed to work my way through ~600 kanji so far and 100 of them might've been by regular kanji order rather than JLPT order. >.>

The problem with taking something like the JLPT compared to ohh, say TOEFL for English is that TOEFL is for all levels and your score will reflect your level, whereas the JLPT is divided into levels, so you need to judge your own ability and decide where you belong (hence why I chose JLPT2; I don't think my kanji recognition is strong enough for JLPT1 yet). If I do really well on the exam, I might take JLPT1 next year and see how that goes. The exam seems to be exponentially more difficult with each level so I think it could prove rather amusing. Of course, if I do poorly, I might be looking at doing JLPT2 again next year. ^^;; I guess I'll find that out once I get the results in Feb or so. ^^;

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