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Date Joined: November 16, 2010
Last Online: July 18, 2011
Birthday: September 4
Country: Japan
Ingrid Elias Photography

About Me

I am a photographer living in Aki-Shi, Kochi-Ken, Japan (the island of Shikoku). I am currently working for JET as an ALT (Assistant Language Teacher) and go around to seven different schools in the Aki-City area. Inaka Japan can be kind of cold, buggy, and lonely, but the ex-pat community here is warm and a lovely group of people, so life is pretty good~ :)

My major in school was photography, and my minor was Japanese, so as I go from teaching crazy kids, interacting with Japanese hippies and weird firemen, I try to polish up on my language and snap a few photos. Living for a long period of time in a country I'm familiar, and yet, not with is a tiring and straining endeavor. Using my photography as an outlet has really helped in dealing with the day-to-day oddities (that, and blogging).

My hobbies are varied and some can be very short-lived. I go running everyday (to the great amusement of the middle schoolers at Seisuigaoka) and I love studying Japanese. I also really love being crafty, and stamp-making is definitely one of my specialties (as well as doodling boredly in the margins). I like to surf, snowboard, and play rugby (the short-lived hobbies that depend mostly on the weather), even though I don't really consider myself an active/sporty person, I always end up doing a lot more activities than I expect to. I would also consider watching Japanese Dramas as one of my hobbies, considering a good portion of my weeks are dedicated to finishing a variety of series.

よろしくお願いします (please regard me kindly). ;)

Favorite Music

My favorite music is Alternative, Indie-Rock, and I really like Japanese music (I'm not going to say J-Pop) although honestly, when it comes to music, whatever gets me moving and excited I love. House and techno are great when clubbing and dancing when you don't mind hopping up and down and waving your arms around for a few hours, while hard punk-rock is awesome when you find a little record-shop venue in Japan that has some awesome energy and life. Music is my life energy and I wouldn't be able to get through a day with out it.

My favorite groups from the English-speaking world include: Muse, The Wombats, The Limousines, The Films, Vampire Weekend, Death Cab for Cutie, The Fratellis, M.I.A, and Cobra Starship.

My favorite artists from the Japanese-speaking world include: Ootsuka Ai, Shiina Ringo (Tokyo Jihen), Ikimono Gakkari, M-Flo, Yuzu, HY, Asian Kung-fu Generation, and Monkey Majik

Favorite Books

I have an account on Goodreads: My Profile

But my favorite books include: The Bell Jar, An Abundance of Katherines, Looking for Alaska, Norwegian Wood, Howl's Moving Castle, Sword Point, Good Omens, Devil in the Details, and the Hunger Games trilogy.

Favorite Movies and TV Shows

My all time favorite movie has to be "Ocean's 11" which I've only seen about 100 times, and never saw the 2nd or 3rd of (why ruin a beautiful thing?).

My other favorite movies include: Crank, Anchor Man, The Transporter, 13 Going on 30, 10 Things I Hate About You, The Devil Wears Prada, Drop (日本), and Super Bad.

When it comes to my favorite TV shows, I usually buy the seasons on DVD and wear out the discs until they start to skip and error due to over-use (yes, this is happening...). I also love Japanese dramas and obsessively watch hours of mind-numbingly cute and exaggerated acting on mysouju.com.

My favorite TV shows of all time, and ones that I'm still keeping up with even while out of the US is "The Office" and "How I Met Your Mother."

My other favorites include "Arrested Development," "Project Runway," "Parks and Recreation," "The West Wing," "Extras" (UK), "Orange Days" (日本), "花より団子” (日本), "花盛りの君達へ” (日本), "Liar Games" (日本), "蛍の光” (日本), "Q10" (日本), and "君はペット” (日本).

~Favorite Things~

I am a lover of languages! Right now, I teach English in Japan while trying to perfect my grasp on the Japanese Language itself (which I studied in University). I've also studied French, Spanish, Korean, and Latin, although I don't have a very good grasp on any of them compared to Japanese. I really want to study Korean and Chinese more because I love the writing systems of Eastern Asian Languages (特に日本語).

I love the color blue, star shapes, Christmas lights, cute pencils/pens, colorful stationary, POSTERS and FLIERS (I LOVE decorating my apartment with posters and event fliers/music fliers I find), and anything to do with cameras/photography. My major was photography, so I love trying out various photo-taking objects (I have 12 different cameras, going from my Nikon DSLR to the 300 yen camera I found in a resale shop, with many lomography cameras and film cameras inbetween). I also love getting new recipes. I cook constantly (and even blog about it) and I'm always trying to find new ways of making something.

I'm also a lover of coffee. My favorite being the almighty Dunken Donuts Vanilla coffee (which I even have my mother send to me out here in Japan). However, trying out different instant coffees is also really fun. Coffee comes in a large variety here in Japan, so I have lots of different kinds to try... but I know other countries and even the US have instant coffees I've never tired before.

Lastly, the thing I love most.... getting new MUSIC. If you like making mix CDs, PLEASE. Especially music from other countries!!! I love getting mixes from people, so the ultimate add-on in a swap would be getting a mix CD. I also LOVE to make them too, so if you ever want my favorite music, or some Japanese music, I'd be happy to share!!

For Frameable Swap

  1. bright colors (neons ect)
  2. lights
  3. night related
  4. bands/concerts related (picture from a show)
  5. art related (of a piece of art or "artsy" for fun)
  6. blue
  7. has a foreign language in it (not japanese, seeing as that is where I live)


pennyblack rated for Huh What did you say?#2 on May 19, 2011
Comment: Thanks so much for the letter and notes, I am so looking forward to trying to 'decode' it (o: Arigato!!
MorgenSter rated for Huh What did you say?#2 on May 19, 2011
Comment: Super cute letter! I haven´t finished reading though, it is tough with all the kanji! lol But I loved it that it is made for me to decode it :D Thankyou
Response: Good! I'm glad! I wanted to make it a little more interesting than just translating the whole thing directly... but kanji, hiragana and katakana pose a problem sometimes. haha
Saartje rated for It's frameable on Mar 28, 2011
Comment: Although strictly speaking you didn't follow a theme on my list, I like your picture and want to give it a 5. Your name is very European, are you from here originally?
Zauberin rated for Poland - Japan Private Swap on Mar 8, 2011
Comment: thank you for the great package :) in poland we have the same problem with paper towels. i used to use paper tissues. now i will use your towel for sure :) and the sweets are so yummy :D
sschlegel rated for Candy Swap - International on Feb 25, 2011
Comment: yum, girl0in0aki! thanks for all the great candy! happy swapping! :), sschlegel
chrissy32 rated for Music:1PC/1Partner-Quick on Feb 18, 2011
Comment: Even though this didn't fit the swap requirements, I'm giving you a heart for effort! Thanks for all the interesting pamphlets and letter.
debe rated for *Show me your country* on Feb 11, 2011
Comment: not what i expected but nice...thank you
Response: wow, ok. sorry to disappoint you.
labelleauboisdormant rated for Japan and Finland :) on Feb 1, 2011
Comment: THANK YOU :) all the stuff is so cute and exciting! I definately want to visit your country some day :)
Response: hehe good! You should come to Japan! It has so much to see :)
funkylukecosmicart rated for Random Envie Swap #1 on Jan 29, 2011
Comment: thank you! what cute things.. the boys love the hand warmers.. i homeschool and we are studingJapan right now.. so my son knew what the Bento box dividers were..lol.. love it all..xoxoxo
SaintUrsula rated for My Year In Photographs on Jan 4, 2011
Comment: Thank you for the photos and commentary! It sounds like 2010 was a year of big changes for you, trending toward the positive luckily. Hope it continues that way in 2011!
gurugurl rated for My Year In Photographs on Jan 3, 2011
Comment: Thank you for sharing your year and your stories with me. Sounds like you ended 2010 in a great spot!
kikilala rated for SOCK & COCOA or TEA swap! on Jan 2, 2011
Comment: I totally love your cozy fuzzy socks haha, it's soo soft and comfortable to wear, thanks ;-) and the extra stuff are just a big bonus for me, what a surprise!!!
miccachan rated for Intl Big Fat Stuffed Envelope #7 on Dec 24, 2010
Comment: thank you for the gifts. they are all lovely!
thisismeAXiD rated for My Year In Photographs on Dec 22, 2010
Comment: Thanks for the photos and very long descriptions :)
Comment: Thanks Ingrid, I loved the hand-made card! The stickers are also cute. Have a blessed Xmas! Adri
Comment: Thank-you for the beautiful Christmas card you made for me,it put a big smile on my face,I love it. I wish you and your family a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
hxckendra rated for Themed Photo: In The Sky on Dec 13, 2010
Dorilee rated for Moon ATC on Dec 11, 2010
Comment: Thank you for the interesting and pretty card. I have a great niece that goes to a Japanese Emmersion school. She's 7 and so amazing to listen to her count and sing in Japanese as well as English.Also thank you for the extras.
Comment: A great handmade card ~ thanks so much!!! Thanks for the cute stickers too :)
Response: Cute things are what Japan is known for after all~ haha :) Thanks for the <3

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Schwallie on Feb 25, 2011:

You're my swap partner for "Its Frameable" ... and we were born on the same day!

colormetoni on Feb 10, 2011:

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Hello there! Welcome to Mailbox Madness - so glad you joined.

Looking forward to seeing you around our forums!

dolcxvita on Jan 17, 2011:


would you be interested in joining my swap? Its called Show Me Your Country

I am trying to get as many countries as possible and we dont have a Japanese swapper yet! Click to take a look:

Show me your country swap

sign up if you'd like to get a themed envelope/package stuffed with goodies from other countries! :) Receiving a Japan themed swap would be so great!

This is a great cultural exchange swap! last day to sign up 21 Jan!

DeniseN10ec on Dec 19, 2010:

Happy Holidays From Shutter Me Up

The year-end brings no greater pleasure than the opportunity to express to you season's greetings and good wishes. May your holidays and new year be filled with happiness!

DeniseN10ec on Nov 17, 2010:

We would like to welcome you to the Shutter Me Up Group . We look forward to seeing your creative photographic talents.

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