Episode 21: DARUMA.
I’ve always held a fascination for these Daruma dolls, but have never been able find one to buy until going to Kyoto.
It’s said that…
The recipient of the doll fills in one eye upon setting the goal, then the other upon fulfilling it. In this way, every time they see the one-eyed Daruma, they recall the goal.
After a couple weeks of thinking, I’ve finally marked the left eye representing my resolution. It’s actually super creepy having this one eyed doll stare at me but at least, I’ll be reminded of my goal every time I sit at my desk from now on
#2 - LCD Soundsystem - All My Friends
I think this song already means so much to so many people that writing about it feels like the most useless exercise in the world.
Episode 20: X-mas, Nihon style.
In my continuation of trying to “live up” my study abroad experience in Japan, I decided a couple weeks ago to set some goals to EXPERIENCE JAPANESE CHRISTMAS TO THE FULLEST.
1.Eat KFC on Christmas [FAIL]
So in Japan, rather than having a big’ol family dinner, everyone goes to KFC instead and buys a Christmas special chicken package.
It’s so popular here that, one must reserve a couple weeks in advance to get their “Christmas set”
Unfortunately, I was too late to hop onto the bandwagon and didn’t get a reservation for my chicken bucket :[
2. FIND A DATE [FAIL]
In Japan, Christmas/ Christmas eve is not family time. It’s COUPLES TIME. When I first mentioned my image of Christmas to a Japanese dorm mate their immediate response was “Sigh… Didn’t get a date last year”. From then on, it was a GO TIME untill Christmas on whether I could get a date. It got so heated that my dorm mate would come into my room every night and let me know how many days I had left.
Unfortunately, I also failed at getting a date T_____T.
A Christmas date would’ve been sick… could’ve gone to all these cool, pretty places like Illumination (pic above)
Regardless of my failures, being in Japan for Christmas was a good experience.
Instead of eating KFC, I stuffed my face with Shabu Shabu all you can eat.
Instead of a date, I was in good company of my close friends here in Japan and had “man/friend dates”.
But MAN, this is definitely going to make me appreciate my next Christmas in America alot more.
andy - the pocket
i want faithful and stable, able to grow
beauty that moves me, improves my soul
Episode 19: From Future Take
I wish I could send my past self (a month ago) a fax. It would read:
Think before you act
AND ALSO DONT EAT THAT YOGURT IT’S WAY EXPIRED.
More instructions will follow,
If only I got that memo before causing some mayhem this month.
Thank god break starts tomorrow. Time for a much needed reset.