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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Waseda Hoshien: The Basics

December 7, 2017

So, in lieu of anything at all interesting happening this week (minus a visit to Meiji Jingu, a famous shrine next to Harajuku), I thought I’d make a post that might turn out useful or informative or something for people who will come to study at Waseda in the future.

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The Travel Plans, Part 2

November 23, 2017

I mentioned in my last post that I’d be going to the NHK orchestra on Friday (17th November). That didn’t really work out, because out of nowhere I became swamped with work and I had to give it a miss… and so, the week that just passed became another pretty uneventful one in terms of what I was doing and where I was going. The workload …

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