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Kyoto Skyway

  The Skyway is a walkway high up at the modern train station of Kyoto, giving north-facing views across Kyoto. From this viewing platform, open until 10pm, you can easily catch beautiful views (and photos) of Kyoto Tower, surrounding temples, and the surrounding hills further away. Kiyomizudera can even just about be seen in the eastern…

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Song of the Kamogawa (鴨川の歌)

泣 Wide River chitters and trees chirp. Awake from thirteen year sleep long, Semi begin their one week summer song.                                                                                             Ringing. Crying. 歌 River’s stones bare children’s feet. Dancing, hot below sun’s summer face, Cool ‘gainst River’s fleeting embrace.                                                                                                Laughing. Singing. ため息 North hills look and bake. Bright greens fade to whites and…

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The Cost of Dreams: My Top 5

The time I fly out to Japan (FINALLYYY) fast approaches. Just 12 DAYS to go! 12 days till I fly to Germany, to Tokyo, to Osaka, to do volunteer work in a Kyoto nursery and Kindergarten for 3 weeks, through ‘Workaway’. Since every dream requires at least some sacrifice to achieve, I thought it appropriate…

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A Pen-Palling Adventure

The information age. Brilliant. Fast. Freeing. Captivating. (On one of its faces at least) It is thanks to the information age with all its advancements in technologies of communication that we are able to communicate in real-time, with virtually anyone (see what I did there?) in the world, providing they have access to the necessary…

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My Language, My Identity

It’s been 8 years. 8 years since I first started learning Japanese. 8 years that I’ve spent obsessing over a country I’ve never been to nor come within sight of. …They say that when you learn a language, that language becomes a part of your identity. That to speak another language is to know another world,…

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Practice Hiragana #2

TASK 1 Hand-write the following in Hiragana: a) pi, bo, ya, chi, mo, sa, ji, ge, bo, be, na, nu. b) tsu, ki, ne, to, ru, da, te, no, wa, yu, yo, so. c) cha, shu, kka, ppi, sho, tto, ke, ni, ri. *Try without help, then check if you made any mistakes using a…