Final Day in Osaka

Day 5

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.


End of Semester

July was a blur. One moment I was expecting so much to happen and quite overwhelmed. I was making plans and studying for finals. I also made time to hang out with friends and practice my final speech.

Then it was over.

Today is so hot I nearly melted on the way home. But that`s to be expected in August in Japan. A good thing about this super hot day is it makes a lovely break to write.

Rewind back to July.

10506901_939276976132578_1648770696427022002_oI spend many a day going on lovely dates with H. We met up in between my studies, after his work, on the weekends, or whenever we found spare time.

I was also lucky to meet up with friends again and went to my first firework show (花火大会)this year.

Then it was finals week. And I have to say it was definitely not as intense as last semester. One minute I was studying for exams and the next they were over. I finished my first semester of Korean and have no idea how it went. But I enjoyed it.

To finish off our semester, the university held a farewell party for the students.

We didn`t receive a fancy certificate or toast with wine, but played bingo and ate a buffet style of delicious food. Near the end I gave a speech as one of the representatives of the students. (Ironic since I find speeches boring haha)

My teachers and friends said they were very moved by it though, so I`m glad. I worked hard to summarize a year that can’t possibly fit into a two minute speech. At the end of the party there was a funny performance. Afterwards I went out with friends to drink at an Izakaya and finished off the night.

Two days after I headed to Osaka for vacation with H.

That was my July.

It’s April

Live from Japan.

My two month long winter break is finally over. That means it’s back to school in Japan where the semester starts in April and ends in July. I’m happy to be studying again because this time my class selection and schedule is MUCH better. I didn’t write much about it, but last semester I felt overwhelmed at times with the workload. Even though I passed everything, I think more balance and less stress is key. So yeah, I’m excited for this semester.

I’m even taking Korean (in Japanese) so that’s something.

But anyways March, I didn’t post at all haha. I was enjoying Tokyo and was able to meet with good friends including people that came all the way from Canada!

Then, at the end of March, one of my dreams finally came true. I saw sakura flowers for the first time! (When the sakura bloom, it’s popular to break out the picnic blanket and cozy under some sakura trees with your friends. And alcohol/food if you are so inclined. This is called hanami, or flower viewing.) I am so happy I finally saw sakura at so many different places like;Showa Kinen Koen in Tachikawa (riding bikes with H <3), Nakameguro, Inokashira Koen and Chiyoda. My favorite place though was Baji Koen. There were horses, a Japanese style garden with a pond, swans and beautiful cherry trees all around.

These pictures don’t do justice (I took waayyyy more than this), but enjoy (Nakameguro, Baji Koenx3, park)

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I also re-united with my host family (from a couple years back). They were so sweet and not only took me around but we made tempura together.

Ahh, what else.

I watched a Japanese movie called Strobe Edge with a hot lead male. I love practicing my Japanese haha and the movie was actually fantastic. Oh, and I finally visited Japan Ikea! (It’s fantastic TuT) I also went to an English conversation circle with some pretty cool people. Me and H visited the National Art Centre of Tokyo again to see the Louvre exhibit. And then I topped it all off with skype and Night at the Museum 3.

I have class again tomorrow so I should bounce, but I’ll say I’m really lucky and happy to be in Japan. I’ll try and procrastinate a bit less with my posting. Maybe short stories are better than cramming my life into blobs of text desperately trying to remember what all happened haha. I shall be less lazy! But that means I have to go and experience the world too. If my laptop survives this trip I’ll be posting again soon.

Hope everyone back home in Canada is doing well. Take care.

  • K

Art, Ghibli Museum and Valentines Day

It’s February and that means relaxing.
Time to enjoy, catch up on hobbies like reading and yoga, see friends, and explore Tokyo. And maybe “blog?” says friends.

Right. About that.

So what did I leave off with? Oh yes I remember. Sweet freedom. I finished the winter semester at the end of January and have been catching up on some well deserved rest. But I don’t just mean sleeping. I’ve met up with friends (from Canada too!), went to Izakayas/karaoke, and also decided to indulge in some culture and visit the National Art Centre of Tokyo. (Thanks to tips about events from Tokyo Cheapo!)

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(Pictures of the poster for the Japan Media Arts Festival and the entrance to the National Art Centre of Tokyo)

This month I also visited the Studio Ghibli Museum in Mitaka with H! I was last there in 2012 and it was even better than I remember. The animations are flawless and there is lots to see inside. Protip: Don’t bother taking the bus. It’s a ten minute walk from the station.

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(The view of the outside of Ghibli, from the entrance side and above views)

Lastly, I don’t think this February post would be complete without mention of Valentine’s Day celebrations.

After a year of long-distance, I re-united with H on Sept 1 of 2014. So this was our first Valentine’s Day ‘together’.

He came to get me in the morning and brought flowers. I gave him handmade-chocolates. Then we started at Asakusa and took a water bus towards Odaiba. Tacos. Then a beautiful day spent at Oedo Onsen Monogatari. Even though the bath’s are separated by gender, there is yukata provided so we could meet inside to eat together and poke our feet on the pointy rocks outside.

It was perfect.

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This month is almost over but I am looking forward to more wonderful things before March rolls around. Take care~

  • K

International Exchange and Christmas

Exchange to another country is totally what you make of it. (Keep this in mind.)

For me, my exchange is crazy busy right now.

Tokyo has no snow, yet there is Christmas music everywhere. There beautiful illuminations to go see with your S.O. all around and lots of places to go. There are even Christmas parties in the making as I write. Even so, in the midst of PILES of homework and tests, I can’t really feel the holiday spirit yet.

In spite of this, I am looking forward to winter break. Winter break means that in three weeks or less I have no class and NO homework.

I can’t wait.

This time off also means Christmas! Instead of being a family holiday like in Canada however, Christmas in Japan is more or less a couple’s holiday. That means I get to spend some time snuggled up with my boy, some hot chocolate and time to relax. Finally.

Maybe later I can do a post on my thoughts of exchange in detail but for now I’ll reiterate that exchange is what you make of it. Somehow three months have already blown by. I didn’t even see them go.

Winter break come soon~ ❤