Alicia’s Daily Life Field Note: Daily Life in Japan


Meet Ayumi!

Title: Daily Life in Japan!

Abstract: The best way to learn about daily life in Japan is to ask a local! Let’s see what Ayumi said when I asked her questions about living in Japan.

Introduction: I wanted to learn about daily life by talking to a Japanese person. I chose to talk to a girl named Ayumi. She is also a student at Kansai Gaidai University and lives in the same dorm as me. She is 19 years old. Ayumi has lived in Japan her entire life, so she is quite the expert on daily life in Japan! Ayumi answered my questions sometimes using English, sometimes using Japanese. I have translated what she said in Japanese to English so you can understand!

What is your full name?

My name is Ayumi Uetsugi.

Where do you live? What is your house like?

I am living with a roommate in the dorm in Hirakata City right now, but I am from a city in Japan called Wakayama. My family lives in a western-style house. We do not have a garage. We have space in front of the house (like a driveway) to park our car and bicycles. There are also some trees in front of the house. Mama sleeps in a large bed by herself in her own room. Papa and otouto (younger brother) sleep in a bunk bed in a different room. Otouto sleeps on the top bunk and Papa sleeps on the bottom. I have my own room. My bed is high off the ground. I climb a ladder to get into bed. The heater is so close when I am in bed, so I can make my room the perfect temperature. I hang my clothes in the space underneath my bed. The bedrooms are all on the second floor. On the first floor, there is a kitchen, living room, room with tatami, bathroom and shower room.

What is your family like?

Otouto (younger brother) is 15 years old. He will turn 16 years old soon. Papa is an office worker in a big, well-known company in Japan called Kao. Mama usually stays at home. She sometimes gets bored being at home all the time, so she has a part-time job as a waitress. She does her part-time job on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. Otouto is a student. He and I get along well and are very close.

How do you get around?

I use a bicycle to go to school. If I need to travel further away, I will use trains.

What types of clothing do you like to wear?

I like to wear original clothing that have bright, vivid colors. I wear many different kinds of clothes. Sometimes I will wear cute clothes like that of a little girl. I rarely wear jeans. I love dresses and skirts!

What do you like to do in your free time?

Honestly, I might sleep when I have free time. I am very busy, so sometimes I don’t get enough sleep at night. For fun, I like to talk with my friends and go somewhere. We might go shopping, go to a restaurant or somewhere new.

What language(s) do you speak? How do you say “Hello” in your language?

I speak Japanese. Hello is konnichiwa. I also know English. English is my major in school. I also know a little Chinese. This semester, I am taking a class to learn Italian.

Do you have pets?

No, I do not have any pets.

Have you traveled? Where have you traveled to?

Yes. I have been to China. I went to cities in China like Peking and Shanghai. I have also traveled to Seoul in South Korea.

What do you do for work?

I have never had a job. I want one, but I don’t have enough time. When I graduate from college, I want to work for an airport. I either want to be a flight attendant on a plane or ground staff in the airport.

Is there anything else you would like to say to students in the United States?

In Japan, there is a girls’ festival in March. Girls can eat cake and other delicious foods. They can see the cute dolls that are displayed. They can also wear kimono and look very beautiful. In May, there is a boys’ festival. Boys can see the big fish banners that fly outside and eat delicious food. Boys can look strong and wear samurai clothes. Please come to Japan!

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