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 →

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 →

Amanohashidate

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 →

Kyoto

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

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 →

Himeji Castle & Hiroshima

Minoh, Osaka ー This past Thursday and Friday, Osaka University organized a trip to Himeji Castle and Hiroshima for all of the exchanges students. We were joined by a few other nearby universities and were 165 people in total. Himeji Castle Originally built in 1333, Himeji Castle has been designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and... Continue Reading →

Golden Week

Osaka City ー Now that classes are in full swing, school has been getting busy! We have a kanji (Chinese character) test almost every day and a lot of vocabulary quizzes too. There is a lot to learn in only one year. My most recent task has been to remember the 17 eras of Japan and put... Continue Reading →

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