Hello everyone! I’ve officially been living in Japan for over a month now. I have no idea where the time went, I feel like I just moved into my dorm the other day, and yet so many things have happened this past month that I feel like it’s been a lifetime since I landed in Japan.
This entry will consist of my Instagran posts for April. My flight to Japan was on April 1 (which happened to be Easter Sunday) so basically these are all pretty much photos from my move here.
My flight was in the evening so I was still able to spend time with friends and family during the day.
Sir Taps, Dustin and Amie came over to say goodbye.
Dustin and Amie even went with us to the airport to see me off 😊
My parents came with me to Japan to drop me off but they had a different flight. I was worried about having to find my dorm by myself, fortunately our lab secretary and my tutor met me in Kyoto station and they helped me move in.
My lab is in the Yoshida main campus but I was placed in Obaku International House which is about an hour and 20 minutes away if you’re commuting. It can be a little tedious but the trains are very convenient and reliable (except for the one time someone committed suicide on the tracks, which I’m told happens a lot here … yikes!) Anyway I’m pretty happy with my dorm. I love how quiet and peaceful the place is. The next two photos were taken from my room:
The sakura trees were in full bloom the day I arrived. This view made me feel like I was in a J-dorama
And on my left side we have this quiet and peaceful scene ❤ But don’t be fooled, the cars (and especially motorcycles) passing by make a lot of noise. I tried to sleep several times with the balcony door open (to save on airconditioning since it’s usually cool at night) but I always end up closing it again because the noise kept waking me up.
The following photos were taken inside my dorm:
I love that they pretty much provide you with everything so I barely had to buy anything for my dorm. (The TV didn’t come with the dorm though – my dad bought that for me since I brought my PS4 along.)
I have a mini kitchen and a fridge. I stuck some polaroids of happy memories there.
The entrance (tiny kitchen on the left, bathroom on the right)
I love that I have my own bathroom. I was worried I would have to live someplace with a shared bathroom, but fortunately that’s not the case
I’ve been taking advantage of the free water and tub by soaking in a hot bath every chance I get 🙂
I’m not sure if I mentioned it earlier, but the university I’m attending is Kyoto University. (That’s the iconic clock tower in the photo.) The city is exciting, the campus is beautiful and it’s one of the top universities in Japan. I feel really blessed to have been given a chance to study here. Right now I’m only a research student but we’ll see how things go after one semester 🙂
As I’ve said earlier, my parents actually came with me to Japan. They stayed here for 6 days to help me settle in. Since I didn’t have that many things to do at the lab yet during my first week here, we usually went sightseeing after I leave campus.
We loved seeing all the pink trees. (This was taken outside Nijo Castle. We went there to see the sakura trees but we were too late – they were already closing when we arrived)
Another place we had to visit was the famous Fushimi Inari Shrine
The iconic orange torii gates
There were lots of people there when we visited