This blog (or 日記 if you will) is intended to chronicle my experience in Japan at the Yamasa Institute in Okazaki, Japan from July to August, 2012. I have always wanted to have a journal, though, so I will try to get into a habit of writing frequently about the things important to me in my life. Besides, I plan on returning to Yamasa to participate in the AIJP after I get out of the Navy! These are the Espelancer Chronicles.
Erica is also blogging about the trip, and you should totally check it out. It is The Marvelous Misadventures of Schneewittchen link over on the sidebar.
I really wish there was more time in the day -- with less than a week left in Japan I have been running non-stop since arriving. I haven't forgotten about the blog, it's just that I was out having many different experiences in Japan. As such, I will have many things to write about after I return, and I think I'll give you guys a sneak peak of all of the things that I have done here but not yet written about.
I still have yet to finish talking about our trip to Tokyo, and we are about to go to Tokyo again for a day at Comiket. We went to the Sumida River Fireworks Festival (after the adventure of putting on a yukata), we spent a half a day in Akihabara, and of course there is the trip out to Tama Town. Back in Okazaki we visited Okazaki Castle and attended the Okazaki Fireworks Festival. In Nagoya, we visited Nagoya Castle, ate at a maid cafe, and had a great time at a summer festival. We even participated in traditional Japanese festival dance! We took the ferry across Ise Bay from Cape Irago at the end of Chita Peninsula to the town of Toba in Mie Prefecture to visit the Grand Shrines of Ise. This weekend we will also be experiencing the Northern Japanese Alps by riding the Shin-Hotaka Ropeway up the mountain, and then complete a short 45minute to 1 hour hike to the Nishiho Mountain Lodge, and then we will be taking the bus through the mountains to Tokyo to spend a day at Comiket. We might even go to a Nagoya Dragons baseball game if we get back from Tokyo early enough. Finally, the Obon Festival is next week, and I will want to talk about that as well.
Sugarwater at Nagoya Castle
I have a lot to say about our experience at Yamasa, too. Even though we are now finished with our studies at Yamasa (due to the Obon holiday, I shortened our study term by 1 week since we would only be able to attend a single day of class otherwise), this school was truly amazing. I need to talk about the classes as well as the experience of living in Japan for a short stay. We participated in a homevisit and had dinner with a Japanese family last night, and we might be going to a barbecue with them again before we leave. Everything is different here from laundry and trash to getting around. I also need to give my review of the SILAC program and the school, so I will be busy writing for a while after we return. Of course, there are also the many pictures of Sugarwater in various locations that need to be posted. So, keep posted, this blog will continue even after my return.
Until the next time I have a moment to write, see you later!
I just wanted to write a short post to say that I will not be doing a write-up tonight since tomorrow morning I will be taking a "Skip Test," which, if I pass I will be placed into the Intermediate level class. I decided to go ahead and try after smoking today's written and spoken test, however I really need to study as the test will be on areas I was weak on on the placement exam. What that basically means is I have one night to learn Keigo, or honorific expressions used in Japanese, and I do not understand Keigo very well since I have not yet studied it. I'm sorry to disappoint everybody, but tomorrow I plan on writing about the Sumida River Fireworks Festival as well as a Yamasa post about things that I wish I had brought with me to Japan (i.e. if you are a prospective student don't forget these things!) However, as you can see, I did give you a picture of some udon I had the other day (and it only cost 400円 for the entire meal!), so I left my handful of readers with something.