Although I like living on my own in Japan, it does have some disadvantages. Some of the disadvantages are lack of money, unable to get a part-time job, making plans for the winter, cleaning myself, and my poor cooking skills. Despite the fact that Japanese food is very delicious, everything in Japan is so expensive so I need to budget my money carefully. Currently I spend a lot of money on food, utilities, cellphone, and rent.
My roommate and me go grocery shopping every weekend because certain food ingredients such as eggs, bread, and vegetables run out very quickly during the week. In addition in order to save money we both rarely eat breakfast in the morning, but eat at our apartment at night normally. Compared to him, I usually eat lunch at the cafeteria so I think I spend more money on food. Meals at the cafeteria cost around 200 to 400 yen. Occasionally we can get free food or money from school events, but they fill up pretty fast. About a week ago I was able to get free sweet potatoes from a school event so my roommate used them to make sweet potato french fries.
|The girls are getting to pull sweet potatoes with the kids
|She is a graduate student from San Francisco studying at AIU on exchange
|These kids look like they are having fun
|She is so strong
|We finished pulling all of the sweet potatoes
|Time to pose with everyone
|We are so happy to have all these free potatoes
|I am finally able to eat precious spam from Hawaii
|Who does not love eating good food?
Lastly, this past Monday night, I went out with the other Americans for a school event, and I got to eat some delicious food. The event was sponsored by the Japan-America Society of Akita, and I got to meet Akita City's basketball team. I got to talk with some of the Japanese business men and women that were also invited to this event. Only American students from Akita International University were allowed to go to this event. The dinner and transportation was free. In addition, there was free alcohol so a lot of the students drank and ate as much as they could.
|The head of the America-Japan Society of Akita
|It is good to be an American
|Akita City's Basketball Team
|These guys were our entertainment
|Oishii sou desu ne (It looks delicious right)
|Free alcohol that I can legally drink
Monday night was pretty exciting and most of us were happy to go because we knew it would be a while before we could eat and drink like we did that night. After Monday night's dinner, I was somewhat disappointed to eat normal food again, but I guess I just need to save more money.