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Having graduated from my spring term at Kanda University, I met up with my parents in their downtown Tokyo hotel before embarking on our two-week long trip throughout northern Japan, stopping at holy mountains, secluded hot springs and ancient samurai … Continue reading
Before I started taking Japanese culture classes at Puget Sound, it was hard for me to imagine Kamakura without calling to mind scenes from the samurai revenge tales I used to read as a young teen, many of which were … Continue reading
On the first night of Golden Week, Japan’s period of celebration at the end of every April, I decided to remedy the fact that, regardless of all the other sorts of fun I’d been having, I was neglecting one of … Continue reading
Let’s begin this story by talking about the Walt Disney movie, Mary Poppins. It’s that kind of blog. When I was five-years-old, I would watch Mary Poppins at least once a week in our basement. It was a wondrous time. I would sing along with Julie Andrews, kick my legs up for the dance numbers and-because my parents couldn’t be around all of the time- jump off the couch with an umbrella and try to fly. (Thinking happy thoughts had been getting me absolutely nowhere and it was time for action. Even then, I was sensible child.) What I really remember from the movie though is Mary Poppin’s fantastic bag.
Well, I got back from my 3-week Easter Break vacation on Monday, and it’s taken a few days of down time to really get back into the swing of things. Let me tell you… 24 days of constant walking, sleeping … Continue reading
As I write this post on Tuesday afternoon, there is a light dusting of snow outside my window from overnight precipitation. This past weekend, however, the weather was sunny and beautiful! I climbed two volcanoes (not as impressive as it … Continue reading
It’s been a great week in Edinburgh, and I feel like I am really starting to get comfortable with this city and my daily routine. I switched my classes around a little bit, so I’m now in a 100-level Celtic … Continue reading