It’s early 2012, and I’m still moving about, currently in Copenhagen, Denmark. I don’t know what it is with winter, but it has a reflective effect on me, it must be the ice crystals on my bedroom window. I have decided to start a new series of retrospective posts covering 2011. Since my last one dates back to March, which was also happens to be a melancholic post, I’ll...
Tokyo one year ago - New Photoset on Flickr
Going back in time. I just posted a selection of photos taken in Tokyo one year ago on my Flickr. These photos were taken over the course of 4 days by the both of us. The photos mark the beginning of my life in the far east. http://www.flickr.com/photos/oudegracht/sets/72157626130451193/show/ I hope all my friends and their families in Japan are doing well given the disastrous earthquake(s) and...
Returning back home
Coming Monday, January 17, 2011, I am returning back home to the Netherlands. You have probably all read my previous blog post where I looked back upon a rough start at Kyushu University. It didn’t turn out the way I was hoping for. No matter how much I love Japan, I have to return back home. What it comes down to however, is more of a financial issue. There are 3 mayor financial...
Japan Part 2 - Fukuoka and Kyushu University
Meanwhile in a city far, far away…… Two and a half months have passed since I arrived in Japan after having spent the summer in Europe, to begin my second semester of studies. This time in a whole different location, I relocated from the Greater Tokyo area to the city of Fukuoka with the purpose of doing a 6 months Game Research pre-Master as a so called kenkyusei (research student),...
Kyushu University Graduate School of Design
Word is out; Today I got officially accepted to Kyushu University Graduate School of Design. Time for an update; Some of you might know, some of you don’t. But about 2 months ago I decided on one of the biggest question I faced since I graduated from the Utrecht School of the Arts. At which Japanese University would I like to do my Master’s? I had compiled a list that consisted of...
More Takoyaki video, this one shows how to actually cook it.
Takoyaki is a kind of Octopus in batter. In the Netherlands we might call it an ‘octopus oliebol’. This video was shot in my second week being in Japan. *Notice how I didn’t even know the word delicious yet! This video was shot at school in one of the lab’s where they do interface and input design, can you imagine the smell in the hallways? It attracted quite some...
So what is it like to watch the World Cup 2010 on Japanese Television? I captured the first 3 minutes of the match: the Netherlands vs Denmark. It is especially nice because of the fact that the players get introduced by the Japanese commentators. It’s not quite your average Andy Gray ですね。
A video from inside the bus. Driving up Mount Fuji was quite a sensation. After a while we pierced through the first layer of clouds, positioning ourselves above it, as one does when being on an airplane. Notice that the first part of this video was shot looking down (it looks as if I’m pointing the camera up to the skies). Fuji-san shows itself about a minute into the video. Only...
Mt. Fuji - today! Fuji-feed.
This Sunday the 30th I will going on a trip to Mount Fuji along with some fellow students of Kanagawa Institute of Technology! Today started off cloudy, I’m hoping for the best. I’ve got a 3 hour trip lying ahead, so there’s some time for the weather to clear up. Today I will try out the Tumblr app with wich I can update this blog on the go! Today this blog will update multiple...
Finding a house and language school in Japan
In reply to Martijn who asked me about my house and my school. Btw, he used the comments section! ;) Actually, the comment got a big long, so I decided to post it here. So yeah the rent is quite low I think. It’s ￥40.000 a month. Then there’s internet, gas, electricity and water of course, making it a total of about ￥49.000 a month. In euro’s…that’s currently about...
First glimpse of my new home situated in Tokyo’s suburb Atsugi, Kanagawa Prefecture. Part 3 of 3.
First glimpse of my new home situated in Tokyo’s suburb Atsugi, Kanagawa Prefecture. Part 2 of 3.
First glimpse of my new home situated in Tokyo’s suburb Atsugi, Kanagawa Prefecture. Part 1 of 3.
New feature on my blog
Some people asked me how they could comment on the various posts. Well, you couldn’t. Now you can, just click the comments link below each post.
Finally, internet is coming!
It has been 1 month since I moved into my apartment here in Atsugi (which is a suburb of Tokyo, about 45 minutes from downtown Tokyo by train, just in case you didn’t know..), and I still don’t have internet at home. Applying for an internet connection took quite long! I couldn’t contact the ISP by myself since my Japanese too poor, and English speaking staff was not available...
I am in Fukuoka at the moment, celebrating Golden...
Two days ago I arrived in the City of Fukuoka, located on the Island of Kyushu. Kyushu is the most southwestern island of the 4 island that make up Japan. It is said to have the best weather, fine food and very friendly and warm people. And so far it is definitely living up to its expectations. This national holiday is called “Golden Week” and it is the major Holiday before Summer...
Hey all. Thanks for all the wonderful messages I get from everyone watching this collection of moving, shaking or still high definition images. Just in case you hadn’t noticed, the videos I am posting still have a major delay of about 4 weeks now! I stayed in Seoul until the 1st of April. The reason for this delay is mostly thanks to my busy schedule. My typical daily schedule is something...
MTV Cribs goes Francisco’s.
Breakfast in Seoul 2
Breakfast in Seoul, Korea
Narita Epxress to the airport 2
Narita Express to the airport 1
Tokyo from the skies 4 - Night, image quality heavily drops
Tokyo from the skies 3 - Konami
Tokyo from the skies 2 - Traffic
Tokyo from the skies 1 - late afternoon
Stuffed Beans.. what?
Tokyo Subway, clip 4.
Tokyo Subway, clip 3.
Tokyo Subway, clip 2
Tokyo Subway, clip 1.
French pastries in Japan. Let op AM der Nederturks ;)