One of the great things about living in Japan is how easy it is to travel to new countries. So, for my first week long vacation I spent five days in South Korea. It was awesome. My first day we walked around the Hongdae area, mainly with the intent on going to a meetkat cafe. … Continue reading Japanda goes to Korea
Every year Nagoya hosts the finals for the World Cosplay Summit. During this week long event people from all over the world come to Nagoya to compete with their creations. Today part of the fun was a cosplay parade through the Osu shopping arcade. Osu and the nearby Kannon temple are worth their own post … Continue reading World Cosplay Summit
I didn't post last week because I didn't really do anything super exciting... I explored my new city and got super confused by a train system and played the increasingly popular game of "Is This My Train?" I never actually got lost so I guess I'm the big winner. I always knew exactly where I … Continue reading One month in… and I haven’t gotten lost!
Marine day is a national holiday that celebrates the ocean and its influence on Japan. I, and thousands of my closest friends, flooded the streets of the Nagoya Port for food, parades, fireworks, and zero personal space. Seriously. No personal space. We were probably half a mile from the fireworks and we were … Continue reading Happy Marine day!
I have officially been in Japan two weeks. And what a two weeks! I have mostly been busy with training for my job and generally trying to survive in a foreign country with next to no Japanese skills. (More on that when I have gathered a conglomeration of embarrassing stories). Though I haven't had a … Continue reading My first shrine visit
The history of the Nagoya Castle dates back to the 1520's, though it has been rebuilt and renovated several times during that period. The most notable being after its almost complete destruction during WWII. Currently, it is undergoing some refurbishments that are to be completed next year. However, a majority of it is open to the … Continue reading Nagoya Castle
As I prepare for one of the biggest adventures of my life, I am both thrilled and terrified. A good friend suggested I focus on what I am looking forward to in hopes of tipping the scale in favor of excitement. So, what is on my Japan Bucket List? The Studio Ghibli Museum!!! Take a … Continue reading Japan Bucket List