Sunday, June 22, 2008

Plans for my glorious return

I finally bought my return ticket. I'll be getting back to MN with my roommate on the 22nd of July, so I get to spend my birthday in Japan this year (although most of my friends will no longer be here by then). Not really sure what else to say, other than that the large numbers of final papers I'll have to write in the next couple weeks are going to suck alot. Looking forward to free pizza and a movie tomorrow night, to make up for the large amount of crap I'll have to do this week. Also, I officially have no more free weekends for the rest of the semester. Bleh. Guess I'll see all you folks in MN sometime in late July or early August or something.

Sunday, June 1, 2008

久しぶり!(it's been a while!)

Hey, just realized that it's been over a month since I last posted, and I just got back from Okinawa, so now seemed like as good a time as any to finally make another post.
The last month has been really busy. Golden Week was a nice break from the daily grind of classes, though I didn't really do all that much. It would've been nice if the break came a bit later in the semester, when I really needed it, but oh well. Several of the classes are still kind of a drag, particularly the one on Japan's international trade relations, but there's not much that can be done about that at this point. Working on coming up with plans to get together with Rennis and Brett in Akita for a weekend of iai, not sure if I'll be able to swing it or not though.
Okinawa was great. I wish we'd been able to spend more than just 4 days there. One unfortunate thing was that IES didn't really give us much free time during the day, so although the hotel we stayed at had a private beach, we didn't get to spend much time there. I also wasn't able to visit any Okinawan karate dojo, so I guess that means I have to go back sometime!
It's also just really starting to hit me that the semester ends in another 6 weeks or so. I've really enjoyed my time here in Japan. Obviously there were bad times, but the good times definitely outweighed the bad. It's still very sad, though. After the next 6 weeks, I probably won't see most of the friends I've made again. Even those who are going back to America at the same time I am are going to various different places, so it'll be difficult to meet up again. Even if we did manage to, it wouldn't be the same anymore. Like everything, all we have in the end are the memories we keep with us. Nothing else can ever stay with us forever.