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New Beginnings

The start of a new semester is upon us here in Tokyo proven by the blooming cherry blossoms that shade over the streets all over the country. Hundreds (maybe thousands?) of incoming freshman crowded around the university campus, where I will be beginning my second half of sophomore year this semester, today and the entire phenomenon reminded me that I will soon be hitting the year and a half mark of moving to Japan for college. Pretty surreal. Due to all the roadblocks and busyness of the entrance ceremony, I had to take a different route to the gym for practice.
Spring break was mostly practice, practice, practice (I'm a gymnast btw). Hitting the gym for longer hours than usual really required endurance and patience for my mind and body but I improved more than I ever expected...and also became a lot buffer (arm wrestle anyone?). I also moved from my international dorm to the dorm for university athletes, which was a whirlwind of surprises because of societal differences and the fact that I do not live just a few feet away from my friends anymore. All in all, I'm learning a lot about my mother country.
Around mid-March, my friends began coming back to Tokyo from their mother countries. We decided to get together at a Starbucks in fancy, high-class (and quite far) Roppongi. No high-end shopping, just lounging with our lattes for 4 hours talking and laughing about whatever. So why did we make the trip just for Starbucks?
Because we can.

Riho has been watching the Ice Skating World Championship and texted me asking me if I wanted to go skate. Of course, I said yes.
I was terrified in the beginning even to simply stand and had to take the tiniest baby steps to move forward as I was desperately grabbing onto the wall with both hands (pretty pathetic, I know) but at the end I was able to skate alone (no hands on the wall!). Huge improvement for one day. Gotta admit that I was pretty proud. I briefly hated myself  the next day at practice when my inner thighs were sore and I had to pretend like nothing was wrong as I walked in pain. Awesome day anyways.

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I literally spent all morning lying down catching up on Vlogmas videos and then sitting down at the library reading document after document for my I could not have been more mute and yet I feel absolutely drained. And I had actually intended to write a few pages for my thesis but I have absolutely no motivation and ended up doing the "easy stuff" and just collected data.

On a brighter note, I finally got a haircut. My reason for liking to have shorter hair in the winter is quite simple: I hate having my hair get static-y after wrapping it around with my scarf. Japan has this wonderful opportunity to be a "Cut Model" and get a haircut for maybe a fourth or a fifth of the original price. Basically, trainees or assistants of the salons practice different styles on you and maybe snap a few before and after photos. Some people prefer to have their hair done by professionals but ho…


Hello again.
I'm alive and well and slightly busier/have more responsibility on my hands  since the last time that I posted. Let's just first begin by saying that I am officially a college graduate. Here's the cake and plate of gigantic Gyozas that I celebrated with: 
大学を卒業しました。 台風直撃前で良かったです。 お祝い用のケーキと巨大餃子。

I'm starting my new job soon in Hakata, which is located in the Fukuoka prefecture.  I've moved into my new apartment, which I'm really loving but the last two months have just been such a whirlwind of prepping for graduation, moving, and getting things ready for my new job, that I'm just glad I can see finally start seeing an end to the commotion. Of course work is going to be a whole new journey but for the time being, I'm glad I have a roof over my head. My room has this loft and the stairs going up to it is basically a bunch of shelves. It's my bookshelf for now and it's looking pretty cool. I have a couple more books getting sent over an…