Autumn 2018

Kansai Region ー Autumn has finally arrived in Japan. The days are getting shorter and the temperature is dropping, leaving a chill in the air. However, the most noticeable change is that of the leaves and the sight of thousands of tourists filling the streets to get a glimpse of the striking colours before they disappear for winter.

Hokkaido

Sapporo, Hokkaido ー A lot has happened since my last update. In mid-August, I returned to Canada for 1 month with my Japanese friend. We had the chance to tour around Montreal, Quebec, Ottawa, Toronto, Niagara, and Banff while we were there. It was nice being home and getting to see my family again after... Continue Reading →

Mt. Fuji

Mt. Fuji, Shizuoka Prefecture ー A lot has happened in the past few months. In western Japan, we’ve experienced a major earthquake, torrential downpours, and a heatwave. At school, I finished my first semester and tested my Japanese language abilities far more than ever before. I’ve also been busy volunteering and started a new internship... Continue Reading →

6.18 Earthquake in Osaka

One of the most powerful earthquakes to rock the Kansai region in decades struck Osaka and neighboring prefectures Monday morning, leaving at least four people dead and more than 300 injured. The earthquake, which had a magnitude of 6.1 and registered lower 6 on the Japanese intensity scale to 7, hit at 7:58 a.m. at... Continue Reading →

Golden Week – Kagoshima

Kagoshima Prefecture — Once the home to one of Japan’s most powerful families, the Satsuma clan, Kagoshima is full of history, nature, and, of course, great food. Its key landmark is none other than Sakurajima, an active volcano that still coats the surrounding cities in ash from time to time. I had the pleasure of... Continue Reading →

Osaka University

Toyonaka, Osaka ー It's been a busy few weeks moving and starting university, but I've finally settled in and have finally gotten around to updating my blog! Osaka University's entrance ceremony was held on April 3rd, marking the beginning of the school year for 6,406 new students. The first week was spent attending orientation sessions... Continue Reading →

Graduation & University Results

Minoh, Osaka Prefecture ー Graduation was held this morning and was yet another reminder of how fast time has passed since arriving in Osaka last April. It was nice seeing everyone dressed up and excited to wrap up what's been a challenging year. Most of my classmates will be heading off to Tokyo to continue... Continue Reading →

Tousuiro, Kyoto

Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture ー If you are ever in Kyoto and are looking for a refined, light lunch or dinner, then there is no better place than Tousuiro (豆水楼). Tousuiro specializes in Tofu and you may need to leave behind what you know about western tofu in order to truly enjoy your meal. There is... Continue Reading →

Kinosaki Onsen

Kinosaki Onsen, Hyogo Prefecture ー With exams starting next week, there was just enough time to go on one last quick trip before switching to study mode! The original plan was to go to Kanazawa which is famous for gold (among other things), but unfortunately, there was a severe snow storm that stopped the trains... Continue Reading →

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