Posts by Blair

Religion

I grew up in the Methodist Church, but it has been a while since I’ve been to a religious service. I have been busy with school and work and before I knew it I rarely went to church. I am also at a time in my life where I have found that my religious needs have changed and I am working to find out what I want. Today, my host mom invited me to her temple. My host family is Happy Buddhist. I was excited to go because I always want to...

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Dinner, Level: Scary

Let me start out by saying that I bet I am the worst carnivore ever! (Technically I am an omnivore but for the purposes of this post I am a carnivore). I say this because although I love meat, I like my animals well cooked and not looking like they were once alive. That being said, I have  eaten a lot of raw food here. I have eaten sushi in the States before, but in Japan I have eaten a lot of sushi and sashimi (sliced raw fish). I sometimes...

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Fish!!!!!

I stayed late at school today to work on a project for my culture class so I knew my host family would already have eaten dinner by the time I got home. When I got to the house, Naomi-san and Myouka-chan were taking a bath but I noticed that they had left dinner in my usual spot at the table. I dropped my stuff off in my room and went to eat (I was starving because I skipped lunch. There was tape across the door of the school convenience store...

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Little Things

I can’t believe it’s been one month since I’ve been in Japan! I also can’t believe it’s been so long since I wrote a new post (I had hoped to update regularly. Unfortunately, blogging and journaling have fallen to the wayside, so sorry to those of you who took time out of your day to see if I’ve posted). Well, 1/3 of the journey is already finished and time keeps flying by. It really doesn’t seem like I...

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If only I could read…

Ohaio Gozaimasu, minna-san! It is 6 am on Saturday morning and for the fourth time this week I have woken up at 5:30 am. I’m not sure what my body is thinking! It might have something to do with the sun rising very early. Each morning I am wide awake and ready to start the day and each night when it starts to get dark at 6 or 7 pm I am ready for bed. As I sit here and wait for my other roommates to wake up, I think to myself, what better...

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Hi from Sapporo

Hello all, After months and months of anticipation, road blocks, and other difficulties I have finally made it to Japan! Although I have been here for a full day now (I arrived last night around 8), I still feel like I’m in a dream. Maybe that’s because the food has been great so far and I haven’t done anything culturally unacceptable. For the next couple of days we are staying in Kirari, which is the dorm for international...

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