It took a while to adjust to being back but now, Japan seems like a dream.
Especially now that I am in my final year of university.
I started working part time and getting into my studies. The gym on campus is a great place to go and work off steam and I’m pretty stoked to taste Canadian food again. My friends have also been really supportive and welcomed me back the very next day I landed in Canada back in August.
It’s a good life.
Especially since I have such amazing opportunities. I don’t know where I will go next exactly, but the experience I had in Japan definitely shaped me to be a better person. If you have the opportunity to study abroad, take it. It’s one of the most fulfilling experiences of your life.
If you have any questions about Japan or how to adjust feel free to ask! Otherwise I don’t have much more to add to this. When I go to Japan again one day I bet you I’ll probably start a new blog. (I love starting fresh)
Anyways, I wish you well no matter where you go. Thank you for reading!
This post is long overdue. Now that I’m back in Canada I’m feeling particularly nostalgic about my time abroad and found a few moments to post about my last week in Japan.
I have to admit, I think I saw more new movies at the theatre in Japan than I do in a year in Canada. It’s so expensive in both places though so I’m not sure what my excuse is haha. Anyhow I love them so it was fun in my last week in Tokyo. On opening day I saw the Attack on Titan or Shingeki no Kyojin movie with my lovely friends. Afterwards we waited for H to get to the station from work I bought us peaches which we ate on a rooftop overlooking the city. On other days I also saw Jurassic World and Bakemono no Ko, or Monster’s Child. Really good.
On August 3 my friends invited me out for a night together. So until then H and I debated between going to a pool and the ocean. Of course we decided to go to the ocean while on the train. It turned out to be an awesome decision. The weather was incredibly nice and Kamakura has a great clean spot where you can swim. We left with the smell of salt and sea in our hair and that’s how we met up with friends for a night drinking at an Izakaya. No one complained. We had so much fun. I even saw a friend coming from Canada to live in Japan on our way home.
The next day was hot and sunny again and I just couldn’t stand the idea of staying indoors so I went to Yomiyuri Land. It’s quite far from Shinjuku and you can even take a gondola from the station once you get there! The place itself was huge and there was tons of people. Despite going by myself I actually had a really nice day. Although I have to say you’re better off going to the ocean than a pool if you can. It costs about the same to get to the ocean as to go in this pool haha. On the way home I had a nice watermelon ice, it’s so perfect for a hot day.
I think the on 5th I was packing I think? xD (Accidentally threw out my schedule pages)
The last day in Japan was so lovely. Instead of just packing, a friend of mine invited me to go with her and another girl to visit the ocean again. It was so hot and nice out. Me and O ran to the ocean and swam out in deep waters. It was incredibly relaxing until.. ZAP! There are DEFS jellyfish in the ocean! I didn’t get zapped too badly but my friend O had red welts on her legs. Suntanning on the beach gave us time to relax but it wasn’t long before we were out in the ocean again. I heard some guys commenting that people shouldn’t suntan, ESPECIALLY girls. Well Japanese boys, kiss my sun tanned butt.
I had a great day and then looked for books with O in Shinjuku before heading home to meet up with my beloved H. It was our last night in Japan together.
The next day H took me to the airport (for a second time in knowing each other). We rode the bus to the airport and gathered my things on a trolley so I could complete last minute shopping. Note to self, buy WAY more candy and food on the way home next time. You never know who you could give it too haha. Then we had lunch together at a Japanese place. It seemed like we had a lot of time together but yet not. We stole a few moments to rest together and talk while he stroked me and said it would be alright. All too soon I had to head through security and see my beloved for the last time in Japan. As I headed out, we both smiled at each other, but I could feel that heavy sadness pressing on my chest. This time I didn’t cry in public at least. It took 22 hours to return home to Canada but I was super happy that on the longest flight I met a couple of very nice Japanese youth on their way to study English. We spoke in Japanese the whole way and I got a few hours of sleep.
When we landed in Vancouver the girl wanted to take a picture with me but I felt like death warmed over and declined. (I was so so sick) One more flight later I arrived in Calgary. Japan returned to the future.
The final day in Osaka started very relaxed. Me and H checked out of the hotel and as we were walking along we spotted the Umeda Sky Building.
Since it was our last day me and H decided to check it out. The glass elevator that took us from the ground floor up was a bit scary and spread out the Osaka landscape beneath us. But that wasn’t even the highest part. We got off the elevator and took an escalator even higher up.
My favourite part was drinking some coffee with H and watching the lightening storm that built up outside. The weather made it so that we couldn’t go up to the sky garden but I was more than happy to just chill where we were. There’s a lot of interesting history we read that influenced the Umeda Sky Building and plenty of pictures to take like the one above.
With only a short time left in Osaka, me and H went to the trains and returned to Tokyo. It was such a good vacation that left such good memories in my mind and heart.
But it wasn’t the end of my time in Japan.
Day 4 of the Osaka Trip
Legend tells that if a couple holds hands all the way from the beginning of the walk until you return back you will be in love forever. H tells me this as we are walking so I say, let’s hold hands then! He tells me it was way back at another bridge. Romantic. So we walk along a very nice path surrounded by trees until we come to the area in the above photograph. Minoo Park has a gorgeous waterfall that was nice to watch from our perch on the edge of the cliff. Then we were off to see Osaka Castle!
We get off the train and it’s raining. It’s pouring. Like it might flood kind of rain. But the huge rain drops falling from the sky were not about to stop us. We decided to run. I’m thinking kissing and laughing in the rain, but it’s cold and there’s too much so we huddle under a tree trying not to get soaked. Romantic. But it get’s better. We decided to book it for a small washroom shelter and waited for the rain to stop. I used the conveniently located restroom. Also romantic.
When the rain finally stopped we walked to Osaka castle and took tons of pictures! But we also arrived late by only a few minutes so we couldn’t go inside. Boo.
Walking back to the train station there was a fountain and water running along from it that was perfect to walk in. So I did. H showed off and jumped over it. That was pretty sweet. Since we still had quite a bit of time in the night H wanted to go to Dotonbori. So it was off to the trains again.
And then we arrived at a crazy shopping district where we wandered for a long time buying omiyage (souvenirs) for family and friends. The area itself carries on for a long time before we arrived at the main area H wanted to go to. Dotonbori is crossed by a river that had lanterns set alongside it.
Que romantic dinner. Me and H were bound and determined to have Okonomiyaki in Osaka. It’s a traditional dish that is a must have if you go to the area. Once again we were lucky and found the perfect place next to the river. We were given a four person table for the two of us and ordered to our hearts content. In contrast to how I usually ate in Toyko however, the okonomiyaki came pre-cooked. We didn’t use the grill. But oh, my, goodness. It was delicious. H even ordered a third which I could not help him eat.
It was an awesome way to end the trip.
So a beautiful miracle happened. I have access to a computer again which means my Japan stories can continue!
Day 3 of the Osaka Trip
I woke up fine but then had a metaphorical thorn in my side for most of the morning. Even so me and H went to Sumiyoshi Taisha Shrine in Osaka. There weren’t many people to my surprise and the area was very quiet in the heat. I loved a small portion that was sectioned off so you could get no more than your hands into a pile of rocks. Why? Power stones. If you found all three it was.. well pretty awesome. On our way out I took a nice snapshot of the bridge above.
But my favourite part of the day was yet to come.
Osaka Spa World is absolutely amazing and was probably one of my favourite parts of the trip next to the coffee museum and waterfalls. I swam in a lazy river and went down a slide that was currently themed with Shingeki no Kyojin which made me unbelievably happy and all of a sudden I felt better. Then it got better. The spa part of it had themed baths! I took a tour in Greece and Finland to name a few. I wish I had more time because it was so beautiful and relaxing. And yes, you’re naked in there but with same sex only. (The pool was co-ed so I wore a bathing suit. ) I must also mention that you had to take an elevator to the co-ed pool from your genders changing room. I was amazed to no end that a pool could be situated on the rooftop.
We left the spa and went down to get kushi-katsu. (Kush meaning stick like a skewer and katsu refers to the meat) I had been to the area 2 years prior and claimed to remember a very famous restaurant that my friends took me too. With our stomachs rumbling incessantly we gave up quickly and went into a place called Daikichi ( 大吉 ) that was next to empty. And I couldn’t believe it. Our food was delicious!! There should have been way more people. We left so happy. I really recommend it. 5/5
The end of the night was quiet shopping and then made our way back to the hotel.
Every day in Osaka was wonderful.