Lists of stuff ;)

Three more days to go, and then I’m flying back home. Let me tell you some things I didn’t say before.

Firstly, I’ve bought so many souvenirs that I was afraid that I would have to buy a second suitcase (and pay a lot of money for taking a second suitcase onto the plane) or throw away as many things as I can: Contact lens fluids, soap, pens, paper, maybe even the book I brought for the exam I had to do here. I even considered tossing out my toothbrush, deodorant and the two towels I brought, if it means that I would up with one suitcase that weighs less than 20kg. However, after weighing my suitcase, I’m still well under the limit. Whew.

Let me tell you what I’m going to miss about Japanese culture and what things from this culture I’m more than happy to leave behind. Let’s start with the latter.

Finishing my report and spending time at a beach… :O

Right now, I’m working on some stuff I have to finish before Friday. My internship officially ends on the 24th and I’d like to have my report finished by then, even though the official (well, sorta official) deadline is “before September 1st”. Saturday, I went to my office to work. It’s a bit Japanese, I know. I would have stayed at home and worked at the computer room, but the air conditioning there has broken down, which is about the worst that can happen to you with the heat and humidity here.

A Chorus Line

Yesterday, I went to see A Chorus Line, a Broadway musical performed at Kyoto Gekiji. Hai Minh had picked up two free Gaijin tickets, only to discover that this musical is mostly talking and only a little bit of dancing. At first, I thought it was my fault that it was boring, since I could only make out parts of the musical, such as “I want the job!” and people talking about their childhood and personal problems. Afterwards, I asked Hai Minh what he had been able to make of it, and as it turns out, I actually got most of what was going on. We concluded that this was boring. I’m relieved that Hai Minh agreed with me, because he went through the trouble of getting the tickets for us πŸ˜‰

Minna de

Wow, I don’t remember the last time I drank so much that I woke up still drunk. (Oh and rice wine, ouch. That stuff goes straight to your limbs and doesn’t give you a buzz like beer does, it just starts paralyzing your abilities but you’re still capable of thinking “Um, what?”. It’s really strange, it’s kind of like you’re a spectator of your own drunkenness. Or maybe I’m just not used to strong liquor, if I drink I usually drink beer, I can’t be sure. I’ll see if I can find some when I’m back home and I’ll ask the experts πŸ˜‰ )

Soccer match, sushi, karaoke! :)

Oops, post rate is going down πŸ˜‰ That’s to be expected of course, after a while.

Last weekend, I said I would go to Tokyo, then I discovered how expensive this was, then decided maybe to go to Osaka and lastly changed my mind again and just stayed in Kyoto πŸ˜› On Friday I had dinner with some of my housemates at the common meal. This house organizes a lot of activities, the common meal is one of them. For the common meal, people can invite one friend from outside the house to join for dinner. Also, next week there’s an ‘international food festival’ where anyone can come and eat, apparently. (Not for free, of course πŸ˜‰ )

Off to Tokyo!

If you don’t hear from me this weekend, it’s because I’m off to Tokyo! I’m leaving tonight together with Damien. I had actually planned to go tomorrow, but since he’s […]

Eating in Japan

I’ve told you some things about eating in Japan already. I’ll recap them and continue from there.

Weekends and meeting people

However, I have noticed that I’ve lost some weight over the past few days, because of all the cycling and the fact that I get hungry pretty quickly after a meal. I think that may also be due to the white bread they have here, I don’t get a lot of energy from that. And of course the fact that everything is more expensive here. I’ll probably spend on food alone, what I would normally spend on food for two persons. That’s too bad, but it’s not a huge surprise.

Ambulances, trams and old people…

I didn’t do too much the past week. I ordered stroopwafels for my colleagues (there’s a shop in Kobe that makes them, see website HERE), took a picture of the bento stand where I usually buy my lunch and took some pictures of strange shop names (what is ‘Pafe’ and why ‘Be your happiness with the flower’?). The sidewalk you see is actually in one of the main shopping streets of Kyoto. I have no idea why it looks so crappy.

Shrines

Today, I went to the south of Kyoto together with Hai Minh, a Vietnamese master’s student in physics. You can see some pictures below πŸ™‚

First, we went to Fushimi Inari, then to Daihonzan Tofukuji (if I’m not mistaken, forgot to write down the name) and lastly to Sanjusangendo. Sanjusangendo is only the last picture, because it was not allowed to take pictures inside. Inside, they had a thousand statues of Kannon, a goddess. You can find some pictures online, if you search for the name of the temple.