Mie Prefecture & Ise Jingu

Ise City, Mie PrefectureーSummer has come and gone, and the temperature is finally starting to drop in Japan. October 1st marked the start of a new semester and, so far, all of my classes are going well. Lately, I've been busy with a new research project (more to come in a future post!). There was... Continue Reading →

Oxford University

Oxford UniversityーSpring break flew by and before I knew it, the cherry blossoms were blooming, marking the beginning of the new school year. Three weeks have passed since the new year, and I have settled back into my regular routine - this time with fewer courses, thankfully! I recently received the pictures from a research... Continue Reading →

Hanatsumi Festival

Sakai City, Osaka PrefectureーAs the famous saying goes, "A picture tells a thousand words" so hopefully these 12 pictures, telling 12,000 words, make up for all the missed blogging over the past few months. Earlier this year, I had the great honour of participating in the Hanatsumi Festival held in southern Osaka. The festival has... Continue Reading →

Kanazawa & Yamanaka Onsen

Yamanaka Onsen, Ishikawa PrefectureーI've seriously neglected my blog, and it turns out that this is the first post of 2019. It's a little late, but Happy New Year to all! I hope the new year has been treating you well. 2019 has been a busy one for me so far - I was back in... Continue Reading →

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 →

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