Tuesday, December 8, 2009

京都!大阪!

Kyoto! Osaka!


Super quick update, as I've got to leave in just a few minutes. I'm off to Kyoto and Osaka for the weekend!

Here's a very intriguing article about what the Wall Street Journal calls an "isolationist surge" in America. I can say that I get the sense that things in America actually look a little better from the outside than if I were inside and actually watching American media. It's s a different perspective--maybe the US is most critical of itself right now, or maybe that goes to show how divided the population is. More on that later, I think.

Here's a great piece about Natadera, the awesome Buddhist / Shinto temple (and also monument to Matsuo Bashō) that I visited on Sunday. Pictures later; haven't the time just now.


Google Translate has been updated!
Some important information, courtesy of Matt

Thursday, December 3, 2009

中間テスト!

Midterm Test!

Today was the midterm exam. This has been a hard week--lots of study!! Buuut, on the bright side, I met an awesome pottery-master-sensei (11th generation master, this guy is legit) today. He's so legit that the Emperor of Japan has been to his shop. We're going to make pottery, and this guy is our sensei.

Other news:
PLANS!! KYOTO NEXT WEEKEND! OSAKA TOO! NAGOYA WAS AWESOME!! KOREA IN FEBRUARY!! WAOOOO

More later.


Some news articles.

http://english.aljazeera.net/focus/2009/12/20091229223658221.html
Disconcerting yet fascinating. A very important read.

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/11/29/opinion/29tawada.html
Strange yet interesting, maybe

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/12/01/opinion/01iht-edmakihara.html?_r=1
Sort of silly, but hints at something sinister