No More November

It’s been 3 months in Kyoto and this place already feels like a home I’m going to miss dearly. I still have another 5 or so weeks left, so I’m not getting pre-nostalgic or anything, but it’s a lingering fact indeed. Classes are in the stages of final papers/projects/lessons and everyone is either murderous or…

Making Okonomiyaki & Awkward Eye Contact With Window Men

Day off for Doshisha and day on for us. So sad. After morning nihongo I had my don don hanaso (rapid speaking) class, where we talked about food. Favorites, least favorites, both of those in Japan vs America. Basically all of it was interesting, but here’s a list of the things we as a group miss most…

Doshisha Eve

Since last Friday Doshisha campus has existed in a whirl of students, performances and crazy energy. I’d had yet to attend it until today, but the wait was worth it. Oh my lawd if I’ve ever been in a more wild place. First off though, what is Doshisha Eve? This 4-day event is a celebration…

A Rainy Day And A Sad Lack of Productivity

It’s been since the early morning here, a fact I noted every time I tried and failed to wake up between 6-11 am. Even once I got up it kept on, softly pattering on the roof and providing a nice, soft grey atmosphere for the day. A bit unfortunate for exploring the city, but fret…

Eggstatic In Eigamura

Kyoto has this rad place called Eigamura, which means ‘movie town’ and is an attraction park of sorts. It hosts a rotating theme cafe, a lot of ninja stuff and film sets in the Edo-jidai style: think one room houses, a room at an inn, a washing well and a few other key points that are…

Pub Dreams & My Dear Dead Sculptor Friends

Lizzie’s parents are in town so guess who hit up the town! They all plus Steph and I met up after classes to spend the evening together, starting with the Kyoto National Museum and the Egypt exhibit there. They had over 100 artifacts on display from what I believe is their home-base in Cairo. They…

Thoughts On Kyoto: Part 5

Bad stomach cramps and beyond had me tucked in for the day, so I stayed home to do homework and ponder life a bit. My time in Kyoto would be ending in a mere 3 weeks if not for okaa-san and otou-san being such beautiful generous people, but even still my stay here is slowly…

What’s Happa-ning In Ohara

Leaf season is slowly creeping up as beautiful flares of vermilion, amber and carmine leaves make their way onto the scene. While it’s definitely eye-popping amidst the deep, vibrant greens of Kyoto, there are still only pockets of changing leaves. Seeing as it’s snowing back home, I’m sure you can see where that’s a bit…

Campus Gettin’ Fresh And So Is My Sashimi

Jolting up at an ungodly hour because today is a big day. Butterflies in your stomach, deep breaths to help you prep. This is how a ridiculous nihongo test day starts out – not pretty folks. My stomach and I weren’t on good terms this morning out of nerves, and so we agreed to disagree. The…

Taking In The Sights, Not The Sounds

I regularly go to okaa-san’s eigo lesson, and most weeks there’s this lovely doctor man there who has a surprisingly large vocabulary of medical terms in English. Well today on the morning news this isha-san was on tv! I believe he was talking about the dangers of the elderly falling, and expanding on how to decrease their…

Sentaku, Sudoku, Stolen Scarves . . . The Usual

I am a slug monkey. I like sleeping, sudoku and slacking off. Nice to meet ya. I didn’t do much of anything today, just kind of flitted between cuddling Miao-chan, listening to a new song by Milky Chance on repeat, reading fics and lazing about on homework. Yeah, good stuff. Okaa-san had some stuff going…

Cards & Characters: Count Them As You Will

So I was chillin’ out, maxing relaxing all cool when an earthquake came along and woke up this fool. It was a small one and nothing to worry about, but I woke up with a mixture of apprehension, disbelief and excitement all swirled into one. Otou-san confirmed that I wasn’t crazy when I got upstairs,…