It’s been awhile since I’ve last written. I’ve been keeping myself pretty busy and really enjoying my life in Japan. This post probably won’t go into much detail, but I’ll give an overview of what I’ve been doing.
At school, classes are going well. IJ400 is progressing smoothly. I’m learning a lot and doing reasonably well for the amount of studying I’ve been putting into it (which could definitely be more). About two weeks ago, we had a project in class where we all went to interview the owner of a shop in 覚王山 (Kakuōzan), an area about three subway stop away from the school. My group had a fruit store, and the man in charge gave us all free 梨 (nashi - pear). They were really good but, the store is supposedly one of the most expensive fruit shops in all of Nagoya, so it really should be good. Aside from that, the class has been the same thing pretty much.
The rest of my classes are pretty dull, too. However, today in Tea Ceremony, we were supposed to go on a “field trip” to a tea house to look at it, but the teachers forgot that today is 勤労感謝の日, (kinrō kansha no hi - Labor Thanksgiving Day). So, most places are closed because it’s a national holiday. My university just doesn’t believe in giving us days off, so we were still in school.
Outside of school, I’ve just been going out with friends. Mostly we hang out around Nagoya. I won’t go into detail of going out to clubs, bars, and karaoke or the debauchery involved, but I’ve definitely been having a good time, and I’ve made some really good friends here.
This past weekend, I went on a trip with my friends Kate and Jeff to Kyoto. Kate had a friend from Nanzan who studied abroad at her university and invited us to go with her and her friends to see the 紅葉 (kōyō - lit. “red leaves” but means like the changing trees, or fall colors). We were originally planning on driving with the Japanese kids up, then saying goodbye to them and staying the night to go to Nara the next day, but because it was a 3 day weekend we were unable to find a hostel that wasn’t full, so we just went back the same night with them. But, it was definitely a fun day. The weather was really nice, and the leaves were changing. I think leaves change differently here, though. In America, when I drive home from school and see the mountains, they seem to all change at once and have a nice eruption of color, while here they seem to all change slower and at different paces. So, while it was still beautiful, it was a little lackluster in comparison to what I’m used to. However, I forgot my camera in my rush out of the house in the morning. So, I need to swipe pictures off Facebook from my friends camera’s.
My favorite spot in Kyoto was the 清水寺 (Kiyomizu-ji - Kiyomizu Temple). It’s a temple built into a mountain with support beams that help hold it up. It was really pretty and there were a lot of beautiful views of Kyoto. We were also there at sunset so it made the view even more gorgeous.
So, there’s a brief overview of the past three weeks. I will definitely try to update more. But, I have been trying to keep myself pretty busy and make the most out of my time abroad.
You know you love me.