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... to gain some perspective on what I have achieved through my association with Japan. Sometimes seeing the 'normal stuff' through fresh eyes is really refreshing (her compliments didn't hurt much either, ha!). And as I near the end of my second semester here, I feel like my exchange experience has evolved into something so far beyond my initial goal of language learning.
Admittedly I haven't really regained that drive I initially had for constantly surrounding myself ...
... of being in a new environment ends, and the emotional rollercoaster that is being in a new culture begins. The boundaries of my comfort zone are very blurred these days! That said, tough moments teach you a lot and keep you humble. So I am reluctantly grateful for the moments where I just wanted to throw it all in and hop a plane to anywhere Western. lol.
But lets leave that all where it belongs and fast forward to now! It's HOT. ha. When I broke it ...
Well, that's it for today...maybe the next time you're driving the 401 and someone cuts in front of you, let it slide for the greater good of society (too tall an order?)...who knows, you might actually make yourself feel more peaceful in the process.
jp009: heiwa - hey-wah = peace/harmony
eg. sekai no heiwa wa juuyou desu ne = world peace is important, right?
... heading back down to the movie theatre where they show a fifteen minute short film which varies from year to year. Our one was a short about sumo wrestling mice. It was very cool and even if we didn’t understand the Japanese, we got the idea!
The museum is filled with little details, such as portholes filled with Kukuros (Dustbunnies/Soot spreaders) and lots of stained glass windows of scenes from various films. It was rather limited in the films it ...
... sounds you can play to mask the sound of you going to the loo as well as heated seats, but the toilet paper is only one ply and sometimes lacking perforations, plus there are never any towels or dryers to dry your hands after you’ve washed them!
The Ryokan required us to pay upon arrival which we could do on Credit card but they required a cash security deposit for the door keys, so Ben popped out to get some in the twenty minutes we had to get back out again to ...