1: 名無し募集中。。。 2017/06/18(日) 20:20:12.17 0.net
It’s long so just go read it.
(Note: scroll down for a translation.)
6: 名無し募集中。。。 2017/06/18(日) 20:44:07.90 0.net
Gotta give her credit for this.
20: 名無し募集中。。。 2017/06/18(日) 21:13:39.92 0.net
This girl’s great. And to think she could speak zero English before!
7: 名無し募集中。。。 2017/06/18(日) 20:47:58.82 0.net
Bring back GREEN ROOM.
10: 名無し募集中。。。 2017/06/18(日) 20:52:04.34 0.net
The thing that moved me the most was the bit about how she managed to keep that diary.
I’m back in Japan! ♩
I’m now going to write about my time studying abroad, alright?!
I realized I hadn’t done so yet!
First of all, I’m so glad I decided to go!
I originally went because of my dream of becoming able to speak with people from all different countries. But on the day I arrived, I felt so under the weather I actually had to leave early — on the very first day of school. I felt so bad! (laughs) Still, I’m not sure why but I never once felt homesick. I was just constantly having fun. (^^)
This picture is of me with my very first teacher and classmates!
I was the only Japanese person in our class and I knew absolutely nothing. And yet, everyone was so kind as to teach me! Although, with that said… They were doing so in English, so I couldn’t understand anything at all at that point. ^^; (laughs) But little by little as my English improved, I got to make lots of friends and I felt fulfilled every day! When school ended, me and my friends would be talking and playing table tennis for hours — I guess I literally didn’t even have the time to feel homesick.
I started my study abroad in December 2015. It was a round-trip ticket, so I was originally supposed to come back in December 2016. But I really didn’t want to… so I just ended up not doing so! (^^) (laughs)
I was there for a year and a half. Of course there were lots of times when I didn’t want to study anymore. When I felt that way, I simply didn’t study. I’ve never been good at concentrating on anything, and I’m so quick to give up when it’s something I’m not good at. But the funny thing is, when I’d have several days of not studying, I would start to feel restless as if by nature.
I’m really bad at studying. Even now I couldn’t tell you what the “proper” way to study is. But I felt like I wanted to have at least one thing I could feel confident about, and so I kept a daily English diary for a little over a year.
I could never keep a diary back in Japan! I must’ve tried ten times, failing every single time! And yet, on this try I was able to keep one for an entire year — all in English!
But while I did of course study English, I also got to experience lots of other things!
I might have written about this before on my Instagram, but after about ten months of studying abroad, I also took up a part-time job which I kept until I returned home! It goes without saying that I’d never tried a part-time job before in my life. I was so worried at first. But somehow or the other I started to enjoy doing it, and it enabled me to meet people and make friends with the types of people I could’ve never met at school. It was a great experience!
And what’s more is… After spending about a year there, I actually left my homestay and lived in a flat all by myself for six months! (^^) This, too, was a first-time experience for me!!! I did it because, after living there for a year and becoming able to speak a little bit of English, I felt like I needed a new challenge of some kind! And so I decided to try living alone — something I hadn’t even done in Japan! (laughs)
But as it turned out, five of my friends from school were actually living in the same building, so aside from the room that I slept in, we’d always be eating and chatting together!
I was the only Japanese person living in those flats. I feel like it was so, so important for me to dive into that sort of an environment! Every one of us was of different nationalities, so we’d be cooking all these foods from our respective countries. It was so much fun. (^^)
By the way: I made them okonomiyaki. (^^)
Looks good, right? (^^)
Then, after about a year and three months, I decided to take on another challenge. I’d always had a dream of going on a trip somewhere all by myself! I wrote about this on my blog before: I went to Malaysia for about two weeks. (^^)
Everything about it from booking my flights to doing my hotel reservation was so difficult, but it ended up being another great experience! I guess I might’ve exerted myself too much though: I caught a fever in the midst of my trip. (laughs) But even that is now a good memory! (^^)
I was so, so happy when Captain came over to see me at my school!!! We’d been doing video calls every now and then, talking about all kinds of things, but I would’ve never thought she’d actually come over! (^^) So I ended up going back to my homestay for a while. (^^)
Everything worked out exactly right!!!!
It was such a great experience!
But you know, while I became able to speak a bit of English during my year-and-a-half study abroad, I still have a long way to go! I want to learn more! I want to speak!!! Speak with people from all these different countries! That’s how I feel!
So now that I’m back in Japan, I’ll have to constantly keep up with my studies so I don’t forget the English I learned! (^^)
Wow, that was a long post!!!
Mom’s going to get angry at me if I don’t clean my room, so I’ll stop here.
… No one ever bothered me about that sort of thing when I was living alone. (laughs)
As a consequence, Captain gave a strained laugh when she saw my room. (laughs)
31: 名無し募集中。。。 2017/06/18(日) 21:42:48.78 0.net
How awesome is Chinami?
1: 名無し募集中。。。 2017/06/18(日) 21:05:40.73 0
– Didn’t get homesick once during her study abroad.
– Used to be someone who couldn’t stick to anything, yet managed to keep an English diary for over a year.
– Took up a part-time job at her destination country (her first time working part-time).
– Left her homestay midway; moved to a flat.
– Decided to go on a trip to Malaysia by herself.
14: 名無し募集中。。。 2017/06/18(日) 21:01:57.15 0.net
The fact that she didn’t get homesick is so Chinami-like, it makes me cry.
17: 名無し募集中。。。 2017/06/18(日) 21:09:48.61 0.net
What’s a “flat”?
23: 名無し募集中。。。 2017/06/18(日) 21:16:16.01 0.net
Flats are like… I lived in one when I went to NZ on a Working Holiday. They’re like these share-house kinda things.
22: 名無し募集中。。。 2017/06/18(日) 21:15:33.38 0.net
And this is coming from someone who, when she went to Thailand by herself, felt so helpless she was crying in the shower.
29: 名無し募集中。。。 2017/06/18(日) 21:30:33.28 0.net
I’m reminded of how deeply moved I felt when I was watching over the growth of this girl who’s a relative of mine.
28: 名無し募集中。。。 2017/06/18(日) 21:26:37.00 0.net
Chinami is someone who ends up being loved no matter where she goes. She’s a natural-born idol.
37: 名無し募集中。。。 2017/06/18(日) 22:28:34.46 0.net
What kind of a part-time job was it?
18: 名無し募集中。。。 2017/06/18(日) 21:20:12.13 0.net
Maybe she was a nude model?
21: 名無し募集中。。。 2017/06/18(日) 21:22:09.47 0.net
14: 名無し募集中。。。 2017/06/18(日) 21:14:36.03 0.net
Could you guys get on an airplane all by yourselves?
No way I could.
47: 名無し募集中。。。 2017/06/19(月) 17:18:27.37 0.net
It gets easier once you’ve experienced it the first time. You check in, give them your luggage, get your boarding pass, go through security check and departure inspection, get to your gate, and then you just get on the plane when it’s time. That process is the same everywhere in the world. You don’t really need much language ability.
17: fusianasan 2017/06/18(日) 21:16:22.53 0.net
She’s already had much greater life experiences than you guys.
1. ℃-uteな名無しさん 2017年06月20日 10:26 id：g7aoBlML0
She really is great. The average child devotes their time from kindergarten and up to experiencing all kinds of things in order to make it in the real world, but this girl spent all of that time working as an idol instead. And yet, it’s not a handicap for her at all — on the contrary, it was a positive for her. She’s always so forward-looking, she even makes the people watching her happy.
10. ℃-uteな名無しさん 2017年06月21日 20:10 id：9WWhKj3.0
I sense some similarities between her and Satoda Mai.
I hope to get to see her speaking English soon!
6. ℃-uteな名無しさん 2017年06月20日 13:36 id：pNazSpsK0
I really respect this girl for her communication skills.
9. ℃-uteな名無しさん 2017年06月21日 11:00 id：C0X69kL90
I respect her so much. I’ve been trying to learn English for about two years now, but it’s so difficult to keep at it and I don’t feel like I’m making any progress. There’s like a world of difference between me and her. Sayashi, Chinami, Shimizu, Mitsui… they’re all great.
7. ℃-uteな名無しさん 2017年06月20日 15:31 id：oJNQ3hYs0
Even before her study abroad, Chinami was always the one on the DVD’s who would be proactive about talking to foreigners. Take that habit and combine it with her innocent personality and it’s no wonder she’s so loved by everyone.