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{travel} Things I Did In October: Halloween In Osaka

Contrary to my expectations, Halloween turned out to be an actual thing in Japan. Kind of. When I arrived in Kyoto at the beginning of September, supermarkets and department stores were already selling halloween-themed candy, halloween costumes, and even halloween-themed toilet paper. My new friends were also already pretty excited about the upcoming halloween celebrations from […]

{travel} Things I Did In October: Jidai Matsuri

As promised, today I want to talk a little about the Jidai Matsuri, a traditional Japanese festival that takes place annually on October 22nd. Jidai is the Japanese word for ages, and matsuri means festival. Jidai matsuri can therefore be translated as Festival of the Ages. Alongside the Aoi Matsuri in May and the Gion Matsuri in July, it is […]

{travel} Things I Did In October: Arashiyama with Ales, Rugby, Baseball And Other Random Snippets

LOL omg, hello, it’s me, the girl that hasn’t written shit in, like, two months. The girl that you all probably forgot about by this point. The girl that you probably thought was dead. But no, it’s all good, I’m still alive, I’ve just been super busy (and lazy, but mostly busy) and haven’t had […]

{university} Doshisha University Japanese Language Placement Test

Before I took the placement test myself, I remember searching the Internet, almost desperately, for some kind of information about what I should expect and how I should prepare. But even after going through, like, twenty or thirty pages of Google, I ended up finding only two or three blog posts on the topic. So that’s […]