Back In Canada~

Hello everyone,

10407327_861659250561018_8868748975306801000_nIt 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!

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Romantic, Isn’t It?

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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.

Home in Canada

After the longest flight ever I am back in Canada! I’ve been back for a little over a week and I fully intend to finish my Japan series. I may even blog about some side stories or differences between Japan and Canada. Who knows.

In any case I haven’t been posting because my computer finally bit the dust. It was a used purchase and lasted three years bless it’s little hard drive. I can post by phone but it’s not as convenient.

The biggest question I’ve had so far is are you sad? And then how is the reverse culture shock?

I’m not really sad because I had an amazing year in Japan. There are friends and family supporting me and I keep in regular contact with my sweetheart in Japan. Also I keep memories of Japan in my heart so it doesn’t feel so far away. I will definitely visit again one day.

As to reverse culture shock, I think I’m adjusting well. There are a lot of amazing friends here in Canada that surrounded me with  friendship and questions as soon as I got back. My family picked me up at the airport and the very next day I was at a small surprise party that S organized.

So it’s good here. I will post something a little less scattered next time but for now I’ll end with a positive note.

Being independent and adventuring in Japan was just what my spirit needed. I can’t wait to visit new places now and I’m excited for what is to come.

-K

Universal Studios Japan (USJ)

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Second day of vacation was also fantastic. Me and H spent the day at USJ, a theme park in Osaka.

It`s a decent theme park filled with a myriad of attractions, but I have to say Fuji Q Highland near Tokyo is still my all time favorite. Especially since USJ only has one roller coaster.  But that coaster is super fun (in faux Hollywood) and plays music as you ride! I chose the same song twice because it was perfect for the rush. (Amazing by SMAP)

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There was multiple themed areas like Jurassic Park, Water World, Jaws and Harry Potter! The best part of Harry Potter was the scenery, shops and BUTTER BEER. I hath tasted it! Its like a mix of cream soda and deliciousness. But I bet it was so amazing so they could cover up how terrifying the ride is inside the castle. Why scary? I do not like spiders. I felt better afterwards though when I had a super delicious shepards pie TuT

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Favorite ride was Space Fantasy. Its not even a scary coaster but its really well done to look like space inside. You float and speed around through what looks like stars. I loved it. Rode it three times for good measure haha.

Recommendation is to definitely make sure you have fast pass if thats an additional feature. Front of the line is worth it because the wait there is long.

All in all it was a good day at USJ.

Fuji Q!

Its now the end of my study abroad in Japan. I cannot believe how fast it went by.
But I know that haven
t posted in ages. My bad. The next few posts are going to be catch up so expect new things to read!

Just to backtrack a bit, the end of June in Japan was amazing because I visited Fuji Q Highland (amusement park) for the second time! (The first was two years ago with friends and it was rainy) I woke up early in the morning and took a bus with my beloved from Shinjuku station. It went straight to the park.

When we got there the day was warm and sunny and the park was full of people. I`m not a fan of huge crowds in Tokyo but Fuji Q was well worth it. They have at AMAZING roller coasters. I went on every single one. The most famous is probably the Fuji Yama roller coaster because it was the tallest in the world in 1996 at 79m. But my favorite roller coaster at the park by far is ええじゃないか (ee ja naika) because you take off your shoes and then fly through the air. You don’t sit in a traditional seat like most coasters, instead your feet hang and it gives you a feeling of being weightless at times.

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This coaster above was pretty stellar as well. It`s called Takabisha and has the steepest drop in the world at 121degrees.

If you get a chance, I really recommend this park. You could even combine it with a hotel stay and Mount Fuji climb like some of my friends did.