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!

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!

A couple of weeks have passed.  I hope you’ve been checking other blogs to see what’s up.
We have gone to many, many temples and shrines now, including the famous Kiyomizudera (as shown in the photo).  Next week, we’ll have a vegetarian Buddhist monk meal at another temple.  These places are super cool, and so uniquely Japanese.  They also create interesting classroom settings with Professor Ludvik.

Some of the highlights from these past couple of weeks include meeting Japanese college students from Doshisha University, Doshisha Women’s College, and Kyoto University.  They’re really fun to talk to and to hang out with!  Last night, a few of us went to dinner and karaoke—so much fun!  It’s also good Japanese practice for us and good English practice for them, since many of the students are English majors.

Other highlights include my day trip to Osaka with Daniel, David, and Adam on Daniel’s birthday!  We went to Osaka Castle, Dotonbori, and Dendenmachi.  The takoyaki and sushi were sugoku umaiiiiii!

While it does seem like we’re not in school at times (last week was 3 days long since we had a Monday holiday), work is starting to catch up.  Taking 3 classes, and one of them is Japanese language.  There’s some homework, but mostly reading.

At least commuting is getting easier.  David and I can now bike all the way up the hill home from the station!  And we recently learned better ways to get around via JR in addition to Hankyu, Keihan, and subway lines.  I’m really lucky that David is my next door neighbor—it makes things so much easier.  Also, I had a good time bonding with my host family when he and his host mother came over for a spaghetti, karaage, and gyoza dinner.  OH and I shouldn’t forget the time I went to RJ’s host family’s izakaya with my host family.

I’m slowly starting to get more involved in the community by volunteering at Kyoto University Hospital.  I went yesterday to play with children, and we did calligraphy.  They’re very cute, but it’s also very sad since they’re so sick at such a young age.  I am glad to be helping out, though, especially since it’d be a way to help these children enjoy the time that they have left.  Still, spending time with them is fun, and it’s helped me to meet new people.  It’s always nice to meet people on a more personal level, like the kids’ families and other volunteers.  One, named Michael, is studying abroad from Boston University.

I hope everything is going well back home in Hawaii.  Just a few more weeks and I’ll be at Stanford again.  Coming up: Sapporo Snow Festival and Tokyo in February!

A couple of weeks have passed.  I hope you’ve been checking other blogs to see what’s up.


We have gone to many, many temples and shrines now, including the famous Kiyomizudera (as shown in the photo).  Next week, we’ll have a vegetarian Buddhist monk meal at another temple.  These places are super cool, and so uniquely Japanese.  They also create interesting classroom settings with Professor Ludvik.

Some of the highlights from these past couple of weeks include meeting Japanese college students from Doshisha University, Doshisha Women’s College, and Kyoto University.  They’re really fun to talk to and to hang out with!  Last night, a few of us went to dinner and karaoke—so much fun!  It’s also good Japanese practice for us and good English practice for them, since many of the students are English majors.

Other highlights include my day trip to Osaka with Daniel, David, and Adam on Daniel’s birthday!  We went to Osaka Castle, Dotonbori, and Dendenmachi.  The takoyaki and sushi were sugoku umaiiiiii!

While it does seem like we’re not in school at times (last week was 3 days long since we had a Monday holiday), work is starting to catch up.  Taking 3 classes, and one of them is Japanese language.  There’s some homework, but mostly reading.

At least commuting is getting easier.  David and I can now bike all the way up the hill home from the station!  And we recently learned better ways to get around via JR in addition to Hankyu, Keihan, and subway lines.  I’m really lucky that David is my next door neighbor—it makes things so much easier.  Also, I had a good time bonding with my host family when he and his host mother came over for a spaghetti, karaage, and gyoza dinner.  OH and I shouldn’t forget the time I went to RJ’s host family’s izakaya with my host family.

I’m slowly starting to get more involved in the community by volunteering at Kyoto University Hospital.  I went yesterday to play with children, and we did calligraphy.  They’re very cute, but it’s also very sad since they’re so sick at such a young age.  I am glad to be helping out, though, especially since it’d be a way to help these children enjoy the time that they have left.  Still, spending time with them is fun, and it’s helped me to meet new people.  It’s always nice to meet people on a more personal level, like the kids’ families and other volunteers.  One, named Michael, is studying abroad from Boston University.

I hope everything is going well back home in Hawaii.  Just a few more weeks and I’ll be at Stanford again.  Coming up: Sapporo Snow Festival and Tokyo in February!

danielcliem:

Make new Japanese friends at Doshisha? Sounds good! :D Today we had the chance to take a tour around the DWC (Doshisha Women’s College) and have a look into their liberal arts education. Then afterwards we talked and met with a ton of Doshisha students! Yesterday, we met up with Doshisha DESA…

Went to Fushimi Inari Taisha today!
Some things we did this week:
1. Went to the public bath house (sento)—David navigated literally electric waters
2. Met our loving host families
3. Fed monkeys at Arashiyama Monkey Park
4. Took our first classes at the Stanford Japan Center and met awesome Japanese students!
5. Survived rush hour on the trains

Went to Fushimi Inari Taisha today!

Some things we did this week:

1. Went to the public bath house (sento)—David navigated literally electric waters

2. Met our loving host families

3. Fed monkeys at Arashiyama Monkey Park

4. Took our first classes at the Stanford Japan Center and met awesome Japanese students!

5. Survived rush hour on the trains

1/5/13 HOMESTAY day 1

Back in the 21st century with a Japanese cell phone w/ texting! Homestaying with the super awesome Ishioka family is good so far, but speaking and listening in Japanese is a little exhausting.  I hope it gets easier with time, and I’m looking forward to much more!

danielcliem:

Part 1: Arrival @ Osaka (KIX), Travel to Kyoto

SFO to KIX: 11 hours with Daniel

There’s eight hours left on the plane ride to Kansai International Airport.  A flight attendant walks by and speaks to Daniel, “You’re the one who was asking about the toothpaste, right?”  A few moments later, the flight attendant brings by a black zipper pouch with toothpaste, a toothbrush, a comb, and other goodies from the business class.  NO THIS IS NOT JAL

“This is the power of customer service… of complaining”

explained Daniel, musing over his triumph.  “You are ridiculous,” I remarked, “I didn’t know that you could just ask for these things.”  Well, lesson learned, I guess there’s something to be said about asking for what you want.

(7:30 left) A second flight attendant just came by with water for the guests.  I couldn’t hold back my reaction.  “You’re the one who was asking about the toothpaste, right?” she asked.  Daniel showed her the pouch and expressed thanks.  Apparently, he’d gone to every single flight attendant to ask for toothpaste.  WOW

Usually, I just complain about flying on United Airlines, but I guess you get what you ask for!  Things seem to be going well so far.  There’s video screens on every seat loaded with great movies like Looper and shows like How I Met Your Mother, and the food’s alright, nothing special.  I’ve barely even touched my new iPad mini.

It’s a long ride, and much more left to go.  I hope Stanford is beating Wisconsin in the Rose Bowl!  I guess we’ll see what happens when we land.  Looking forward to being in Rinku town again!