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 →

Nara & Tenkawamura

Nara Prefecture ー Another weekend, another chance to get out and explore! This week I went to a number of different places all throughout Nara Prefecture. The weekend started out by taking a train to Shigisan where we then walked up a mountain to a big organic farm to go strawberry picking. However, unlike your... Continue Reading →


Amanohashidate, Kyoto Prefecture ー It has been quite some time since my last blog post. Things have been very busy here between exams, winter holidays, and university applications. It's hard to believe that it is already 2018 - Happy New Year - and that there are only a couple months left in the prep year.... Continue Reading →


Tomogashima, Wakayama Prefecture ー Another weekend, another chance to get away from campus and explore the Kansai region of Japan! This weekend I went to Wakayama Prefecture, just south of Osaka, for the first time. It takes around 2 and a half hours to get to Wakayama Station from Minoh and then another quick trip... Continue Reading →


Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture ー Exams are finally over and in celebration of surviving 2 stressful weeks, I decided to go to Kyoto for a day to do some sightseeing. Kyoto is only an hour away from the university campus by bus and train, so it's actually closer than central Osaka. The first stop was Byodoin... Continue Reading →


Kobe, Hyogo Prefecture ー Summer break is finally here, and with more free time, I'm hoping to update my blog a few times this month. For the past few weeks, the temperature has been well over 30 degrees every day (it often reaches 40). Paired with humidity of at least 60-70 percent, it's really, really... Continue Reading →

Yuri Festival & Omiwa Shrine

Minoh, Osaka ー It's been a long time since my last blog post - my apologies! My courses are starting to starting to pick up pace now, and the number of tests and quizzes continues to grow. I'll do my best to keep my blog updated at least once a month. Isagawa Shrine A few... Continue Reading →

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