I had lots of free time during my first week here in Kodaira City.
After our 3-day orientation, we took a Japanese Placement Test to see which Japanese subjects are appropriate for us. Their “Beginners” classes here in Tsuda aren’t really for beginners. If they think your Nihongo level isn’t sufficient to take their courses, they will recommend you to take an Intensive 3-month class at Tokyo University of Foreign Studies, which, by the way, is an hour away from Tsuda and would cost you so much just for transportation. Fortunately, they told me I can take their Nihongo courses in Tsuda.
The first day of classes was on August 31st (Thursday). But surprisingly, it’s not really like the first day of school. So from 31st Aug (Thursday) – 6th Sept (Wednesday), they have this thing which I’d like to call the “Trial Week”. For a whole week, you get to attend all the subjects you want to take and from there, decide which courses you’ll eventually enroll at the Registration Period (7th-8th September).
The “Trial Week” is something which I really am not used to, but I think it’s a great thing and I hope my school will also adopt that. So anyway, for the first semester, I plan to take only Japanese language and culture subjects first, so I could improve my communication skills. With this, I can finally take Mathematics and/or Statistics subjects on the second semester since their math and stat subjects are taught in Japanese so yeah it’s gonna be a tough challenge for me.
Oh and yeah, their subjects here are only taught once a week, which again, I’m not used to. In UP (my home university), our classes are taught twice a week so yeaaahhhh, another challenge. It’s gonna be hard to remember the lessons in this case so I seriously need to work my ass off.
I was a bit overwhelmed with all the academic requirements before school actually started so I tried going to the Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden yesterday. I just really needed some peace and calm lol.
If there’s one word to describe this garden, it’s P A R A D I S E.
Here are some of the photos I took:
I can’t wait for Spring to come! Surely, this garden will be even more beautiful and magical! ❤ ❤ ❤
Well, that’s it for now! Thank you for reading ~~~