An Alphabet of Memories from 日本Japan

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I have created this website in order to share my experiences and memories from my one year exchange year in Japan. I have linked one memory (at least) to one word beginning with every letter of the alphabet in alphabetic order. Scroll down to see for your self and hover over letters to get more information (like this) :3

B | Benkyou 勉強

Hiragana, katakana, kanji...

Benkyou is Japanese for "Study", and boy have I done that.

D | Dudunbaru! づづんバル!

A poker-like card game with much simpler rules

E | Education 教育

The Japanese Educational System

F | Funori ふのり

Commonly referred to as "Many Money"

Funori is a small type of seaweed that grows on rocks close to the ocean during spring-summer. It is a common ingredient in Japanese Washoku (Traditional Japanese food). However, rather than using it as a food source, my host brother Ten tought me that you can sell it for money with a relatively small effort of picking them first. In fact, the very first week I spent with my host family, Ten and I went on our first funori-picking-tour. Little did I know that I had many more to look forward to in the future... In the picture you can see one bag of picked funori with a weight of around 4 Kg, equivelent to about 3000¥ / 27$ / 235 SEK / 1 Hour of picking. A.k.a. many money.

H | Hijiki ひじき

The "Most Many" of all "Many Moneys"

Hijiki is yet another kind of seaweed used in washoku (Traditional Japanese Food) just like funori, except that it actually tastes really good. The other difference is that funori is sold at around about 800¥ per kg, Hijiki is sold for around 10 000¥ per kg. This has given it the name "Most Many Moneys" by my peculiar host brother, Ten. Hijiki is also the time period in which Hijiki is harvestable, which is parallell to funori and and just after the Wakame season. During Hijiki we all took off from school in order to help the family harvest. It was really tough work, but ended with about 135 bags of hijiki, or about 624 kg (A lot!).

K | Kou 幸

A happy little girl also known as my host sister

If there is anything that I have learned from this little sunshine, it is the sad truth of how the Japanese society shapes it's citizens to fit into what is already considered "working". Kou is always running around, talking with everyone and simply does not care what others think of her doing. She does not react overwhelmingly to obscure everyday things and she values human interaction over social norms. She is a true example of what a human spirit should be like, no matter where in the world it might be.

K | Kotetsu こてつ

An awesome host brother and a friend for a life time

K | Kodama-sensei 児玉先生

A fantastic teacher, english speaker and tutor for many

K | Kakikoori 掻き氷

The most refreshing thing you can get in Japan

M | Matt マット

The Australian ALT

N | Nozomi 望

A loving mother full of energy, spreading joy everywhere

T | Teppei 鉄兵

The friendliest and most optimistic host father there is

T | Ten 天

Many Money