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The reason why I study Japanese – 日本語を勉強している理由

The reason why I study Japanese

I think a lot of people that study Japanese are interested in manga and/or anime. Personally, I have no interest in it. The truth is, however, that when I was 14 years old a friend of mine recommended an anime called “Chobits”, I wanted to watch it with English dubbing, but I could only find the subbed version, which I didn’t really like at first. I had already told my friend I would give it a try, so I figured I might as well just watch it. While I was watching “Chobits” I found the Japanese language to be quite interesting and started to look up various things about Japan.

When you compare Norway and Japan they give you completely different vibes and impressions. There are many different and interesting aspects to Japan. For example, not only traditional views like customs, social welfare, food culture, but also youth culture and fashion. Fashion is one reason why I’m interested in Japan. I think Norwegian girls dress very badly, they are always wearing dark colored clothing. Part of the reason may be due to the cold climate here, but if you’re really into fashion you’ll wear what fits your style, regardless of the weather.

The reason why I started to learn Japanese was because a friend recommended the anime “Chobits”. Mars outfit



ノルウェーと日本を比較すると印象が全く異なり、日本にはたくさん面白いことがあると思います。例えば、習慣や社会福祉や食文化のような伝統的なことだけではなくて、ファッションや若者文化などのこともあげられます。ファッションが大好きなのでそれだけで日本が好きです。ノルウェーの女性はあまりオシャレ をしないと思います。いつもカジュアルな暗い色の服を着てばかり、それは気候のせいかもしれないけれども本当に好きならどんな天気でも自分のスタイルに合ったものを着るべきです。



ハロウィンの 仮装 – Halloween Costume

DSC_5824Quite late this post, but for the year 2015 I dressed up as a sexy werewolf for halloween. I really like this costume, so I might use it again in the future. Next time I might do my make-up more dark and scary looking with blood. I dont have any good pictures of the whole outfit though…






新しいネイル – New Nails




日本に引っ越してたのが2013年の夏で、初めてネイルサロンに行ったのは多分そのニ月後ぐらいだったかな。ネットでサロンを調べて、「Nail Carry」という渋谷のギャルの間で有名なサロンを選んだ。なぜかというと、私もギャルのファッションが大好きなのでそのネイルサロンに行くのが一番いいチョイスだと思ってたから。「Nail Carry」のネイルアーティストは本当にきれいなネイルを作ってくれたので、その日をきっかけスカルプネイルが好きになったんだ。

そのサロンに何回も通って新しいネイルデザインを頼んで末に半年くらい経って自分でネイルを作ってみようと思った。なぜかというと一ヶ月で古いネイルを取り除いて新しいネイルを作るには、15.000円から20.000円ぐらいかかって、5.000円や8.000円ならまだしも13.000円以上なんて毎月払いたくないから。最近ネットで作り方の本を読んだり動画を見て見た目より難しいことが分かった。何か月も練習したおかげで、だんだん結果は良くになってきた。今でもまだ完璧ではないけど、独学で勉強してきて良い出来になってきたと思う。自分でサロン並みのネイルを作りたい。どんな困難があっても 最後までやりぬく覚悟だ。将来はネイルの専門学校で勉強をしたい。ネイルアーティストになれたらどんなにうれしいことか。

Earlier this week I made my first pair of new nails since I came back from Japan. This time I went for a black/silver theme. I actually wanted to make the nails even longer, but even at this length they are considered very long for Norwegians. I often get questions from people how I´m able to function in daily life with so long nails, but to be honest I don´t think it´s especially hard and you get used to it, like everything else in life. Norwegian girls don´t bother with their nails to much, maybe a little nail polish and a french manicure at some rare occasions. To be honest, I was the same until I moved to Japan…

I moved during the summer of 2013, and had my first visit to a nail salon a couple of months after. I decided to go to a salon named “Nail Carry” which is a well known salon among Shibuya girls. The nails where gorgeous and I have been hooked on long nails since that day. I kept going back for new designs for months, but after a while I decided I wanted to master this art on my own. Going to a salon for a new pair of nails and removal of the old set would usually cost be somewhere between ¥15.000 – ¥20.000 which is around 900-1200 Norwegian Krone. I started reading online and watching “How to do” movies and I must admit it´s much harder than it seems. I kept trying and failing, slowly getting a little better with each try. Even today it´s far from perfect, but considering I´m completely self taught I think the outcome is quite ok! I hope in the future I will get a chance to go to nail art school and officially be able to call myself a nail technician.

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日本に戻りたい – I want to return to Japan



It´s been little over a month since I returned to Norway and during this time I haven´t been in a very good mood. I should be positive and have fun each day, but I can´t stop being depressed. I´m working on a cafe targeting the younger generation, but my relationship with my boss is not good and when we meet there is a lot of negative tension between us. I´m searching for other jobs, but it´s currently very hard for the younger generation to find jobs in Norway. Anyways, let´s do our best.

On Valentines day me and my grandmother went shopping. The following picture is my coordinate from that day.





Antrekk – White Cardigan

Cardigan: Liz Lisa, Signlett: Tokyo, Bukse:Bikbok, Sko: Bianco

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Antrekk – The Purple Dress

Overskyet og litt nedbør, men forsatt ok temperaturer på 16-18 °C. Skulle gjerne vært litt varmere, men jeg takker for all sol og varme jeg kan få. Jeg elsker sommer, kjoler og is! Jeg vet det blir mange varme og fine sommerdager i Tokyo, foråpentligvis i hvertfall 3 månender framover. Jeg er spent om jeg kommer til å like varmen like godt når jeg må sitte inn i et klasserom å pugge store deler av dagen, tropevarme og kanji er neppe en god kombinasjon sunshine))

Kjole: H&M
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My Sunday Best

En dag i Oslo på vei ned til City for å møte med noen venner ble jeg stoppet opp av en hyggelig dame som spurte om hun kunne ta et bilde av meg til bloggen. Litt forfjamset og sjenert svarte jeg at det var greit. Etter litt posering og knising fram og tilbake, takket hun og ga meg et visittkort. Dette fant jeg igjen når jeg ryddet i lommeboken min og ble glad for at bloggen hennes fremdeles var oppe selv om hun ikke lengre er aktiv på den plattformen. Bildet er hentet fra bloggen “My Sunday Best”.

Kjole: H&M, Sko: Tokyo, Veske: Liz Lisa



Dagens outfit

Solen har skint over Bergen de siste ukene, selv om det bare er noen få pluss grader må dette nytes. Jeg og Mia brukte anledningen til å gå ned i parken og ta flere bilder av oss begge. Vi hadde egentlig planer om å dra inn til byen å kjøpe mer hamsterfôr (igjen!). Det går masse fôr når man har 16 hamsterunger i hus, de spiser og spiser. Dette slapp vi da samboeren kunne gå innom dyrebutikken på vei hjem fra jobb. For å lese mer om hamsterungene våre gå inn på oppdretts egen nettside HER.

Kåpe: Bik Bok, Genser: Liz Lisa, Singlett: Vera Moda, Bukse: Bik Bok, Sko: Liz Lisa, Sløyfe: Tokyo

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Night out with the girls

En kveld når jeg var i Tokyo møtte jeg Mia, Amy og Irena. Disse jentene kom jeg i kontakt med over internett. Mia & Amy søkte etter andre utlendinger som var i Tokyo i samme tidsrom for å gå på shopping og gå ut med på kveldstid.

Vi møttes utenfor Shinjuku stasjon for å så dra til Kabukicho, som er Tokyo’s red light district. Det er en livlig del av byen på kveldstid med masse spennende å så på (som resten av Tokyo), blant annet flere host & hostess klubber du kan telle, barer, restauranter og mye mer. Vi bestemte oss for å dra på karaoke, jeg og Mia sang «I’m a barbie girl», det er i grunn en av få sanger jeg kan hele teksten på. Når kvelden begynte å gå mot slutten tok vi purikura som et minne.

Slik så sminken min ut for kvelden.





Gårsdagens outfit

Dette var gårsdagens outfit! Endelig fikk jeg tatt noen fine bilder hvor jeg kan vise fram den flotte Marius genseren som min bestemor har strikket til meg. Den sitter som ett skudd og er i min yndlingsfarge, som er rosa. Bildene ble tatt like før jeg og Mia dro til hundefrisøren for en etterlengtet klipp.

Lue:Liz Lisa, Genser: Hjemmestrikket Marius, Singlett: Vera Moda, Bukse: Bik Bok, Sko: Bianco






Ulricke Alette Mathisen

Nickname: Yuri
Born: 12th of April
Raised: Bergen
Currently living in: Tokyo
Social status: In a relationship
Occupation: Student

Hello and welcome to my blog. Here I will write various entries about my time when I lived in Japan, but also about my Norwegian life, thoughts and feelings. I’m will try to write most of my entries in Japanese as well as in English.

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