By the way, I'm tired of that phrase, experiencing Japan. The first third of the time I was here, my scholarships hadn't arrived and I didn't have the money to go anywhere with my friends. Then second third of the time, I wanted to go but no one wanted to go travel with me because they had already been to the places (during the first third of the semester) I wanted to go. Now in the last third, school is getting so busy (which it wasn't at all before) that I can't really go anywhere for a full weekend.
I think living here and having to deal with their not wanting to sit next to me on the train, and their getting fed up with my trying to speak Japanese to them, and their critical stares because I'm blond (well dirty blond) is just as much experiencing the culture as going to tons of shrines and temples and gardens that all look exactly alike to me because I'm not a Japanophile. Here I've really begun to flaunt my hair. I don't wear it in pony tails as much, letting it fall over my shoulders and shout my foreignness. Anyway, I get the feeling that I should be visiting all these wonderful places, but it costs so much money! And everyone is expecting me to bring back something uber cool for them and they forget that I'm a student with very little money. Well not everyone has said something that they want back, but I can feel it. The "oh you went across the world and didn't bring me back something to show for it. Ok, if I spend the money buying everyone a present back, I won't have money to go anywhere.
So I'm giving up on the research for today. I can do it online after it's dark and I can't see the cherry blossoms anymore. And next weekend, even if I've got homework, I'm going somewhere, to Himeji Castle or Hiroshima. Even if it's by myself and I spend a lot of the money I'd be spending to buy stuff for my friends and family back home. I've got to make the most of the little time I've got left here. Yeah, I'm disappointed that I couldn't go or wasted the times that I could have gone, but the only thing I can do about it now is try to go go go as much as I can.
Today, you mean today is Saturday? Goodbye I'm going out to play.