Ain’t No Mountain High Enough

May 14, 2018

Do you ever just get ridiculously confident and think, “yeah, even though I’m physically pretty inactive and most of the exercise I do nowadays involves going to and from seminars, I’m going to climb a mountain!” …That’s the thought process that got me to Mt. Takao on Wednesday the 2nd May.

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Golden Week & Idols

May 1, 2018

So I’ve decided that since this semester I won’t be doing much travelling, I will stop running this blog on a regular one week one post basis. So essentially, whenever I come across something interesting here in Tokyo or something I particularly want to talk about, I’ll be making a post. We’re going off schedule! I’ve posted before about my difficulty in finding motivation now …

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Stepping Stones

April 15, 2018

Short post due to still trying to find my bearings, but I’m more or less back on track attitude-wise. Of course, having a two month break filled with nothing but excitement and then returning to Waseda was going to demotivate me – but now that I’ve begun class full-time again and gotten to see old faces (and plenty of new ones), I’m feeling much more …

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Motivation’s Back in Okinawa

April 5, 2018

I’ll be honest – I had a moment to write just after I got back from Okinawa on the 19th, but I just couldn’t find it in myself to write anything at all. Like my mind had gone completely blank. I’ve had the most amazing 2 month break though, and I just wish I had an infinite amount of resources and time so that I …

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Going to Prison & Shinjuku Gyoen

February 1, 2018

Somehow – and I mean, somehow – It’s become February. I only have 6 months left on this wonderful island I’ve come to call home. I genuinely love Tokyo so much in all its beauty, but due to many factors (mainly food and the way I’ve been treated), I’m not too sure if I’d ever be able to make this place a permanent home for …

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East Gardens

January 12, 2018

In my final post for December, I talked about how it’s tradition in Japan to write 漢字, kanji, that sums up the year coming to a close. I chose 望, ambition, desire, hope. I didn’t mention that it’s also tradition to write kanji that relate to your goals for the new year. So, my kanji for 2018 – 勇気. Courage.

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Reflective Kanjis & Christmas Markets

December 21, 2017

Every year in Japan, on the 12th December, a kanji (Japanese character adapted from Chinese) that received the most votes from the public is chosen, the meaning of which they felt defined the year. 2016’s kanji was 金, gold, a reflection of the pride that people felt when Japan brought home 12 gold medals at the Olympics in Brazil. This year’s Kanji was 北, North. When I …

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