In August, I went home for the summer holidays to spend time with family and friends. It was great to be back home after being away for so long and missing a lot of people. I was glad to have spent my birthday with the people dear to me, to see my beloved youngest sister (and how much she’d grown while I was away), to eat food that I missed, to catch up on everyone back home, and to do things I enjoyed doing in Manila. Continue reading
In August, the Sumida Ward tourism office held an event called “Yukata de Guide Tour,” during which foreigners could experience typical Japanese summer activities: wearing yukata, joining a cruise, and dancing the Bon Odori at a festival. Most of the event took place at Ryogoku, which has a reputation as a sumo town.
Also known as a summer kimono, a yukata is made of cotton, and is thus thinner than a typical kimono. The organizers helped dress me up, and even provided geta (clogs) for me to wear.
I’m sorry for the extremely delayed post, as I became quite busy.
Last July, I went to Copenhagen, Denmark for a summer program that was nearly a month long at the University of Copenhagen. The class I took was about Søren Kierkegaard’s philosophy, focusing particularly on Either/Or and The Sickness Unto Death. Now, I wouldn’t call myself as good in philosophy, but I immensely enjoyed my philosophy classes as an undergraduate student, so, wanting to relive those days, I applied for this program and, fortunately, was chosen.
It was my first time to set foot in Europe, and on my own, at that, so I was excited but nervous. That nervousness soon turned to enjoyment as the days went by.