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  • Hey! So,

  • remember how I was stressed in my last video about school?

  • ...we are NOT doing that today!

  • [ Goodbye School, Hello Sendai ]

  • Today I'm going with my friends to Sendai

  • to take a break from everything

  • At the end of this video I'll give some updates about school

  • as well as a special announcement

  • but in the meantime,

  • I really just want to get to the hot springs

  • in Akiu, just outside of Sendai, Japan.

  • We're like the only WiFi network out here...

  • on the way up I'm editing a few videos

  • because weekends are my only chance to do it

  • so that's why you can see here,

  • I'm using the Ninja Wifi router that I normally use when travel.

  • They're offering a discount this month in May

  • If you use the code KC15

  • you can get 15% off.

  • So let's go and get to Akiu!

  • starting with some.....food!

  • Time for some mountain vegetable soba...

  • What is this? It looks like Asparagus...

  • Cheers!!!

  • Yeah, I don't know what they are...

  • They look like flowers!

  • Ahh, the clear air!!!

  • Hello, everyone!

  • It's so clear and beautiful out here!

  • Feel the air out here!!

  • Uh... where is this path going??

  • This is impossible!!!

  • Are you serious?!

  • It's a video!!

  • What??????????

  • I'm taking a video!!

  • OH GREAT. -_____-

  • The rocks are really slippery!

  • Sharp rocks at the bottom???

  • I do think so!!!

  • We have 13 minutes!!

  • 13 Minutes to make the bus!!!

  • Let's do it!!!

  • We got 13 minutes!

  • Lets DO THIS!!!!!

  • Hey guys! Just a quick update!!

  • We just finished our hiking and

  • we made the bus, that was good.

  • We're staying at a really nice hot springs hotel

  • but we happened to notice a really nice ice cream shop???

  • A local ice cream shop that sells Taiyaki

  • I'm going to do a Q&A after the onsen

  • so let's talk then.

  • What are you doing?!?!

  • I was trying to get some aesthetic going on!

  • Was it me?

  • No, I just choked!!!

  • How pathetic...

  • How sad...

  • I looked up at Loretta and we just smiled.

  • Then I just died!!!

  • Alright, so much for that...

  • I got some black sesame ice cream.

  • This is supposed to be a student vlog!!

  • You know? Whatever - it's recess!

  • That's what we'll call this: RECESS, student vlog edition!

  • I deserve a break...

  • there's beautiful gardens and things...

  • I feel like this is an "Outfit of the Day".

  • This is my "fashion" for today.

  • ("Did you get the timer working?")

  • Oh, it doesn't work!

  • Alright guys, I'm going to take some photos!

  • ...and get in the onsen!

  • It's time to RELAX

  • Oh yeah... this looks good!

  • There's always trash in the background!

  • OK, here with the full on...

  • What is this called again?

  • ("Haori!")

  • So I have my Haori and Yukata underneath...

  • ...and it's ONSEN TIME!

  • Hey! Welcome back :)

  • We made it all the way back home

  • and that was such a refreshing trip.

  • I feel so much more human!

  • At the beginning of the video I said

  • I'd do some updates about what's going on at school

  • as well as a bit of a special announcement!

  • So I just want to quickly do that

  • before we close out this video!

  • OK! So I wanted to answer

  • some of the questions you've been asking me

  • and then afterwards I'm going to announce

  • the winners of the second storytime/giveaway.

  • Withh Japanese notebooks, and Star wars Schedule books.

  • While I pull that up... so as for school,

  • you can probably tell by the date on these videos but

  • I am pretty behind on editing!

  • It's because of the sheer volume of what's going on

  • I ended up taking 9 classes

  • and I"ll talk about that in my next video

  • but I'm behind and need to catch up.

  • So first question.... on Twitter!

  • "How do you study new Japanese vocab/kanji

  • while reading through grad school assignments?"

  • I'm obsessed with these FRIXION pens

  • they're erasable pens

  • and this one's tricolor, in black, blue and red.

  • which reminds me of some really old-school pens.

  • But I write my notes in black,

  • I use blue to highlight any major themes

  • and red is the color I use to underline words

  • so I can come back and study later.

  • I'll just underline it and come back to it later.

  • 2: Are the independently financed foreign students

  • who were already enrolled and applied to the MEXT scholarship?

  • I made a video with my friend Taylor

  • and she was first independently financed (Shi-hi)

  • and she changed to MEXT(koku-hi) after being recommended by her school.

  • That's usually for when you're already in Japan.

  • 3: Can I see a picture of a special place for you in Japan?

  • Something inpiring for me...

  • One of my favorite places in Japan is Kamo River

  • I used to study at Doshisha University in Kyoto

  • and when I lived there I would go to school

  • then I would go to Kamo River and hang out.

  • Watch the sunset and then go and do homework.

  • Something about being there by the river

  • and feeling like you dont need to talk to anyone is nice.

  • I said I usually walk about an hour to school

  • and you guys asked 4: Why Don't You Get a Bike?

  • I'm not trying to get to school fast...

  • I like walking because I don't have to go to the gym

  • Instead of going to a gym, paying for a membership and such

  • I don't even need ankle weights because my shoes are so heavy

  • so if I just walk to school I get my cardio work out

  • because I walk really fast, and then,

  • it's a good chance for me to get my thoughts together?

  • I'm usually running around all day long

  • from 8am until 10 pm

  • So those two hours there and back from school

  • are the only two hours where no one talks to me

  • and I can just think.

  • It's kind of like meditation. I just prefer to walk.

  • Also, 1 hour walking is not that much!

  • I mean, i guess it's two hours in a day but

  • that's not even the 10,000 steps you need in a day.

  • So, I dunno, I don't really mind it!

  • What camera and editing program do I use?

  • Canon 60D, it's just a DSLR

  • nothing extra fancy.

  • The editing program I use is Sony Vegas Pro...10.

  • Next question: What was I eating??

  • Everyone was like: "what is that WATER on VEGETABLES?!"

  • One of the easiest Japanese-style breakfasts is called Ochazuke

  • which means, to dump on green tea.

  • You have steamed rice, and whatever toppings you want on top.

  • Then you put green tea or dashi broth on top of it.

  • I don't like to use dashi stock so much

  • I like to use my chinese broth

  • which is the red can you maybe saw in the video.

  • I use a chinese chicken broth in all of my cooking

  • so I just make a quick chicken broth

  • and I had steamed rice, vegetables

  • with mustard, black pepper, and poured chicken broth over it.

  • Next: what am I studying and how did I apply?

  • I'm studying in graduate school,

  • getting my Masters in Business Administration

  • also called an MBA.

  • I applied through the MEXT Scholarship, which you can find out more about

  • in my video called "MEXT...Scholarship..."

  • Where did I get my skirt?