Winter Quarter Week III
It’s snowing! This past week has been yet another adventure…
Joined the Kyoto Cooking Circle (in photo above) where we met people from all over the world! The food was good too—daikon buri, miso soup, spinach with sesame dressing, and tofu creme brulee
We also had a chance to meet more people in Doshisha University’s DESA club on Sunday at an izakaya. They’re all really nice, and I’m looking forward to meeting up again tonight! The Columbia program students will also be there. I’ve met a few already, and I’m excited to get to know more.
On Monday, we went to Myoushinji, where we did calligraphy and had a Buddhist vegetarian meal. The food was quite good, but I’m still getting used to eating konnyaku. There was tempura, pickled vegetables, stir-fried vegetables, and many things that I hadn’t seen before. My favorite part was the tea ceremony afterward with the azuki confection.
Following Myoshinji, we took a trip to Toji with Dr. Ludvik and had the chance to go inside a pagoda. There was also a flea market, which made things rather crowded.
Tues, Wed, and Thurs were full of classes. One special event was Dr. Ross King’s guest lecture on Korean language nationalism. The work load is getting bigger, but no midterms, just papers. I’m still volunteering at Kyoto University Hospital. Yesterday, I was able to help read children’s books to the kids.
The exciting event for today (other than going to the izakaya) is going to the manga museum. More to come!