{daily life} Day Nineteen: Kitano Tenmangu Shrine, Flea Market, And An Awesome Café Discovery

Howdy friends, what’s cooking? I actually kind of lost track of how many days I have been in Kyoto already – I think today (or yesterday at this point, since it is past midnight already) was day 19, so here we go!

Today/Yesterday/AHHH I met up with two lovely friends (the same ones I went to Chion-in with … we are such a temple/shrine dream team, *hashtag namaste*) and we went to Kitano Tenmangu Shrine together. Apparently Kitano Tenmangu is in some way associated with Tenjin – the Shinto kami (“god”) of education and scholarship. For this reason, many students visit Kitano Tenmangu to pray for good grades, intelligence, diligence, and all those things related to studying.

Kitano Tenmangu is also well known for the flea market that is held in front of it on the 25th of every month. In my opinion, the flea market was not really a flea market, though, at least not the kind of flea market that are usually found in Germany. To me, it seemed more like a festival or matsuri, which I found even more awesome: there were some stands where people sold clothing, accessories, porcelain and many other things; but there were even more stands where you could play games and win prizes, and countless stands selling delicious street food.

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{daily life}Day Thirteen: Chion-in Temple, Maruyama Park, And The Usual Randomness

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Hello again, it’s still day fourteen, and this is my second post for the day. I’m listening to ONE OK ROCK‘s new single – Taking Off – as I’m writing this, and it’s so good, I can’t even. Can’t wait for the next time I get to see them live. But anyway, this post is not about my unhealthy ONE OK ROCK obsession, it’s about what I did yesterday, which was quite spontaneous, a bit random, and a lot of fun.

HAH, just kidding, the above paragraph was the only thing I wrote on day fourteen, and then I went and procrastinated, or ate, or fell asleep, I don’t remember. *Worst blogger ever* It’s actually day sixteen already, and even more has happened in the meantime since then, but I’ll finish writing this post about day thirteen first before going on to talking about Doshisha’s placement test in general, my own placement test results, and the kind of complicated course registration process. And stuff like that.

On day thirteen, the weather wasn’t as horrendous as it had been the day before – it was still looking pretty grey and cloudy and dark outside, but at least it wasn’t pouring rain anymore. Determined to make use of every single somewhat rain-free moment, two friends and I decided to go to Chion-in, a temple located in the Higashiyama ward in Kyoto, close to Maruyama Park and Gion. I had never been to this particular temple before, so I was extremely excited. But yes, I’m always excited, anyway. About everything. But I was especially extremely excited, okay?! Continue reading

{daily life} Day Eleven: Manga Museum, Nishiki Market, And A Very Special Reunion In Osaka

Good evening! I’m writing this so late – it’s day fourteen already – because I’ve been so lazy and busy (lol, what?) these past few days. I was actually doubting whether I should write this post at all because it’s been a few days already, and because I also still have to blog about yesterday, which was also another interesting an exciting day. But in the end I decided that I simply have to blog about day eleven, because something quite special took place on that day.

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{travel} Day Ten: Kiyomizu Dera, Kyoto Tower, And Other Adventures

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I’m really struggling with this whole category thing right now … I simply can’t seem to develop some kind of logic about them. Like, the last post I put under “daily life”, this one I’m putting under “travel”, but neither of these categories really fit the actual post. Meh, I don’t know. Doesn’t really matter anyway.

I think day ten was definitely the most tourist-y up until now. (…didn’t I say this about another day in another post already?) The day started pretty slow and lazy with me being woken up by the loud noise from that damn construction side right outside the dormitory, but in the afternoon I met up with a couple of my Doshisha mates at Gojo Station (one station away from the big, almighty, superfamous – okay, not really – Kyoto station) and we embarked upon a 30-minute-walk (actually, according to Google Maps, it was 32 minutes, excuse me, where did my German-ness go?) to Kiyomizu-dera!

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