Bucket List: Summer Hanabi in Japan

Fireworks in summer is one of Japan’s most famous experiences. It is in every anime I’ve watched so far and it has been in my bucket-list forever.

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I’m in Japan right now; so I was definitely going to see hanabi. In summer, there are firework shows almost everyday, but I decided on the biggest show around my area, the Nishinippon Ohori Koen Fireworks Festival!

‘450,000 visited last year’ O_O Well then…

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Golden Week in Japan

Golden Week in Japan in the one week which has 4 National Holidays (April 29, May 3, 4, 5) and is considered the most popular for traveling etc. I’ve been hearing about Golden Week for a long time but this year I actually spent it in Japan. \^_^/ I used it to travel and visit surrounding places around Fukuoka.

Here are the places that I visited during the golden week:

Friday, 29th April 
Dazaifu Shrine, Fukuoka (blog)
Kyushu National Musueum, Fukuoka (blog)

Saturday, 30th April
Tenjin, Fukuoka

Sunday, 1st May
Disaster Prevention Center, Fukuoka
Momochi Beach, Fukuoka

Monday, 2nd May
Uminonakamichi Seaside Park, Fukuoka (blog)

Tuesday, 3rd May
Suikyou Shrine, Fukuoka
Kushida Shrine, Fukuoka
Hakata Canal City, Fukuoka

Wednesday, 4th May
Kawachi Fujien Wisteria Gardens (blog)
Hakata Dontaku Parade, Fukuoka

Pretty good for a week, right? 😀

Happy Birthday, Sakura-chan~~~ and moving to Japan!

It is 9 pm on April 1st! It is very late to say this but here goes…

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, SAKURA-CHAN!!!

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On 3rd, I’m leaving for Japan to start my post-graduate studies at Kyushu University. This is the first time I’m travelling alone anywhere, let alone out of the country. So, I’m incredibly excited but also equally nervous. Packing is 99% done. I think I’ve gotten everything in order. Right now, I’m trying not to think about the actual leaving bit, because I will freak out. Instead, I will think about Sakura-chan!

Stumbling across the anime show, Cardcaptor Sakura, years ago while surfing channels got me into watching anime. And it has snowballed from there. It has, in turn, led to more anime, reading manga, becoming a figure-collector, learn about Japan and most importantly, learn Japanese. Learning Japanese made me realize that I loved languages and I can learn and use multiple language, which in turn led me to start learning German. I want to learn at least two more languages. But that is for the future.

While I went to college for my undergraduate studies, I wasn’t 100% sure on what I wanted to do with my life – career wise. Learning Japanese made me come to the conclusion that I wanted my career/life to be built around languages. Hence, after many years, i”m starting this post-graduate course in Japan. I will write more about my journey till here a little later (when I’m done freaking out). But this is the culmination of years of hopes and dreams and wishes and they have been kept alive because of my love of anime and Japanese as a language.

And it all started with meeting the little magical girl! To the girl who changed my life and who continues to keep me going, thank you. I love you, Sakura-chan!