Buckets of Rain

14 02 2009

Kamogawa, Kyoto, 2/11/2009

Sorry for the lack of original content lately. I’m sure you’re sick of hearing this, but I’ve been really busy. Work isn’t the intense struggle it was last semester, but I have my fingers in a lot of pies lately, so sometimes I feel a little strained. Luckily, it’s been getting warmer lately, though that hasn’t stopped the rain, unfortunately, which has also contributed to the lack of photos. No matter how long I live in places like Philadelphia and Kyoto, I can’t get used to it raining all day.

I'm getting used to coming home soaked, even with an umbrella.

I'm getting used to coming home soaked, even with an umbrella.

When the rain occasionally lets up, I’ve been going on a lot of bike rides. You need fast reflexes here, but it usually get nice and relaxed at night. Also, night is when the animals comes out, as evinced by these pictures. This is for you, Mom.

Cats at Teramachi, Kyoto, 2/12/2009

There's actually four cats in both of these photos; can you see the fourth one?

There's actually four cats in both of these photos; can you see the fourth one?

Today is Valentine’s Day in Japan. The holiday works a little differently here- on Valentine’s Day proper, only women give chocolate, and they give it to many different people, including family members and people they’re socially obligated to (i.e., superiors) as well as romantic interests and in recent times female friends. On White Day, exactly one month later on March 14th, people who received chocolate (traditionally men) are supposed to pay back the giver with something sweet. I’ve honestly learned far more than I wanted to know about the damn thing due to a project I have for my Japanese class, but what can you do. It’s good practice- I do feel like I’m hearing speech a little better these days. I’m also throwing myself into translating, and I’m doing something right now that has a tough combination of being slightly above my level and having some hard-to-read kanji that only serves to further complicate matters.

Here's a random picture from the Kyodai campus. The banner is protesting the recent Israeli invasion of the Gaza Strip.

Here's a random picture from the Kyodai campus. The banner is protesting the recent Israeli invasion of the Gaza Strip.

Also, check out my friend David’s blog (it’s the first entry in my blogroll to the right). David’s in Prague right now and is taking some beautiful pictures of the incredible architecture there. Though the tower covered in babies still scares me.

Music I’m Listening to Now: “Bring It On Home To Me”, originally Sam Cooke, cover by Spoon. An excellent example of what Spoon does best (rhythmic, catchy songs without a ounce of fat on them), and a great song.

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