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05:12 pm, chben
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The last lesson at TUAT and it consisted of (Noh theatre). We got to see a part of a play being performed, and then we got to both sing and dance the same thing. It was really hard and I’m not sure if I can call it fun but, now I’ve tried it! 

Since we’re not allowed to upload any photos from this there’s none. Too bad.


08:30 pm, chben
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After our classes we had the farewell party of the STEP program. All the professors and many office workers also attended. We had some good food and snacks, got to hear a speech from the head of the International Center and just talked between ourselves. We had a good time and it was a worthy “unofficial” ending, especially since I can’t attend the graduation ceremony in September (damn you Swedish educational year).

Now it really starts to feel that not much time remains for me here in Japan.


12:55 pm, chben
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We’ve three lessons in the STEP Special Program II that’ll be the last we do before ending our year as STEP students: a class with making 手巻き料理 (temaki-ryouri, in this case maki sushi), 落語 (rakugo, a kind of Japanese comedy) and (Noh, a 1300 years old theatre style).

We started with the cooking class. All ingredients and tools were prepared so we just had to start rolling! Before that we got a short introduction from Prof. Hirota and Prof. Uehara about how to do it and this was definitely the easiest and best pointers you can get. The result varied from good to better and I think most of us ended the lesson with quite full stomachs.

After this class we had a session of rakugo (click here for Wikipedia, I’m lazy). Unfortunately we were not allowed to take any pictures. It was very fun and I’m amazed how just one person can make the stories so living! It’s something I want to see more of. 


01:12 pm, chben
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For the first time in a long time we got together a 国際ランチ (kokusai ranchi, international lunch) that can really be called international! We have this every Tuesday and Friday in building 13, 5th floor between 12:00 and 13:00 at the Koganei campus. If you have time, join us.


10:08 am, chben
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I found this one sunbathing on the wall just outside of campus. This one looked really awesome so I just had to take a photo of it. 

I found this one sunbathing on the wall just outside of campus. This one looked really awesome so I just had to take a photo of it. 


12:23 pm, chben
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Strolling from our lecture building to the campus cafeteria and I found this little green thing.

Strolling from our lecture building to the campus cafeteria and I found this little green thing.


01:47 pm, chben
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A small tour around the campus in Koganei it’s a rare occurrence, but since the weather was so nice I took one. In one of the corners of the campus there were some really nice spots for viewing cherry blossoms.


10:14 pm, chben
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Personalen i STEP-programmet bjöd in oss till vad dem kallade ett Potluck party. Det vill säga ett knyt där alla deltagare måste göra en maträtt som är vanlig där man kommer ifrån. Jag tänkte repetera succén från julknytet så jag stekte och la in makrill. Restultatet blev jättebra även om den ena burken var lite för söt för min smak…

Väl på festen fanns det snacks, dricka och såklart massor av olika maträtter att pröva! Jättekul grej och alla är riktigt duktiga på att laga mat. Det jag är mest stolt över att jag provade var ピータン (piitan), eller som det heter på svenska: Tusenåriga ägg. En typ av konservering där ägg bakas in i lera och sen får ligga under jord och jäsa. Det ser helt vidrigt ut men smaken var mild och jag tyckte den påminde lite om nötter. Ännu en sak jag kan bocka av från min lista!

Efter festen var slut och vi städat undan allt gick vi ett gäng tillsammans med Motozawa ut för att efterfesta lite. Först i en liten izakaya och sen blev det en bar. Rolig kväll!