Anna goes to … Japan

An international student's diary


Januar 2017

Weekly Recap 14/20 – The best steak in the world, (non-related) deer all over the place and New Year’s in Tokyo

(26.12.2016 – 01.01.2017)

Oh, what a week! It’s been some time since I have last done so much sightseeing within one week and I have to say my feet hurt like crazy! But yes, it was totally worth it. We had a lovely Christmas lunch in Kobe, where we tried the world’s most exquisite steak, spent a day in the cute little town of Nara, where we fed dear with crackers, and celebrated New Year’s Eve with ten thousands at Shibuya crossing. The best start to the year one can imagine.

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Weekly Recap 13/20 – A reunion for Christmas

(19.12.2016 – 25.12.2016)

Even though Japanese people do not celebrate Christmas somehow classes ended just in time for us internationals to grab our bags and fly across the country to meet our beloved ones here and there. While the others mainly decided to leave Japan for the holidays I hopped on a plain to Osaka, met my boyfriend who flew over from Germany there, and started a 19-days-trip all across Japan together with him. First stops on our list was our meeting point, Osaka.

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Weekly Recap 12/20 -A Japanese Christmas Party (and a lot of hot wine!)

(12.12.2016 – 18.12.2016)

Even though it is not anchored in their religion (neither in Shintoism nor in Buddhism) Japanese people love everything Christmas-related: bright and shiny lights, Christmas trees, songs, and decoration everywhere, even Christmas markets can be found in some places all over Japan. So, this weekend, our Japanese friends threw a Christmas-themed party in the dorm. It was a very funny evening and we thanked them two days later by preparing some traditional hot wine for them.

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Weekly Recap 11/20 – A cozy little town and finally a kimono

(05.12.2016 – 11.12.2016)

On this lovely weekend of the 3th Advent, three of us took a one hour train ride to Yufuin, a cute little city in the Oita prefecture, that offers charming cafés, animal-featured theme parks and one of the best cheesecakes I had in a long time! The next day was just as stuffed with Japanese culture as we were finally able to try on a very traditional kimono.

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Weekly Recap 10/20 – Becoming aware of time

(28.11.2016 – 04.12.2016)

This week’s recap has a kind of melancholic tense to it. For one thing because half of my time in Japan is now officially over and for another because as I am writing this I am browsing through the pictures of our last trip. Even though the trip was a lot of fun, with a group of eight crazy people on the bus and in the hostel, delicious food as well as culinary fails and yet another weekend where we could successfully beat the boredom of our dormitory rooms, the trip still had left its lingering mark in my thoughts.

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Weekly Recap 9/20 – I think I did nothing this week!

(21.11.2016 – 27.11.2016)

Sorry for the very unsatisfying update but I think I literally did nothing during this week except for studying, eating sushi, and preparing my future travels 😀

Anyway, here’s a picture of my favourite food, Cheese Gyudon!

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Weekly Recap 8/20 – Light and Darkness in Takeda

(14.11.2016 – 20.11.2016)

This Saturday a couple of our Japanese friends took us to the annual Bamboo Festival in a city called Takeda, almost 1.5 hours away from Oita.

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Weekly Recap 7/20 – Climb that mountain

(07.11.2016 – 13.11.2016)

When there is one thing in Japan that I did not expect to be like it is and that constantly surprises me is – tadadadaaaaa – the nature. I bet a lot of people were like me when they thought about Japan’s landscape: Mount Fuji and then maaaaaaaaaany skyscraper skylines. Tokyo, Osaka, Yokohama .. the list goes on and the last thing you would expext are probably deep green forests, fields and mountains wherever you look. I don’t know if we are just extremely lucky to be here in the Northern Kyushu area, but I can say, it only takes us around 20 minutes of a train drive in the direction of Beppu to see exactly that.

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Weekly Recap 6/20 – Seoul in my soul

(31.10.2016 – 06.11.2016)

We lucky ASBE participants. Each of us gets the unique chance to spend a semester at a selected country in Asia, we have an accommodation right at the campus, and the best part, we are left wit enough time to travel around. As we all knew each other from our studies or from the programme meetings before, one weekend we took the chance and booked a last-minute flight (this came in handy at the price level) to Seoul, South Korea’s capital, to visit the 5 girls from Paderborn, who have been living, laughing, and studying there since August.

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