Recently, I’ve been sorting through old photos to upload to Facebook and given that I take way too many, it’s not exactly been a quick five minute job. Because of that, I currently still have photos from three months ago still hidden on my laptop. While looking through April’s pictures, I found the ones from the trip to Hakone, and I figured it was about time I actually documented that day.
I’ve been planning on visiting Kamakura for a long time now. Because it’s one of the main places that appear when you research Kanagawa Prefecture, I knew I wanted to check it out. However, every time I had any free time, I kept postponing it and postponing it.
In the winter, my excuse was waiting for the warmer weather. It is a coastal city after all, and even if I’m used to freezing grey beaches back home, I wanted to choose a good day for it. During the school holidays and Golden Week, my excuse was that crowds of people from neighbouring cities would be descending on the Shōnan coastline for a little dose of escapism. This is especially true seeing as it’s only an hour away from Yokohama and an hour and a half away from Tokyo, the two largest cities in the whole of Japan.
Fortunately for me, fate decided to step in and make sure I wouldn’t keep procrastinating.
Yesterday marked my six month anniversary of emigrating to Japan, and over the last couple of weeks I’ve been hyper-aware of that fact. Recently, my life here has been changing and I’ve had to spend the last month adapting all over again. But that also made me think: “How am I better equipped to handle things this time around? How am I different?”
So, I compiled a list of a few ways that I’ve changed over the space of half a year…
When I first found out that the Japanese school year ended in March instead of July, I just wrote it off as one of the many differences between Japanese and British life. It’s only now – after living in Japan for five months – that I can really appreciate why it ends when it does.
To celebrate the release of Bungou Stray Dogs‘ first movie, Dead Apple, Yokohama ran a promotional event for fans of the series. The Bungou Stray Dogs Stamp Rally finished today (April 1st), and the goal was to collect all nine character stamps across various locations in the city.
I know I’m a stereotype when I confess that I became seriously interested in Japan through watching anime. Like so many people my age, I was introduced to Pokemon, Digimon, and Sailor Moon during childhood, and my love for the genre has stayed with me for at least seventeen years. So much so, that I probably shouldn’t admit how many series I’ve actually watched.
But one of my current favourites is a show called Bungou Stray Dogs. It’s a mystery and supernatural anime (with a healthy dose of action for good measure), adapted from an ongoing manga by Asagiri Kafka. The story tells of a boy named Nakajima Atsushi who has been cast out from his orphanage and left to fend for himself. Starving and close to death, he encounters a strange man drowning and upon saving him, he becomes entangled in a new world of supernatural abilities and the organisations that use them.
It’s almost sakura season in Japan and during the last couple of weeks, I’ve had chance to check out all three of this year’s Starbucks spring specials. Continue reading “15. | Starbucks, Sakura Edition.”