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Studying abroad in Japan for the first time… Adventures are bound to happen.


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Osaka: Shin Sekai

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Okay I am finally through with finals week, finished with exams, done with my second (and last) term at Kansai Gaidai, and just came back from roaming Tokyo (hence my long absence again…). In other words, my days here are also numbered. But that doesn’t mean this blog is coming to an end soon. I still have plenty to cover and plenty more to see and do before I get deported back to the US. Time sure flies though! Anyway, here’s one of the landmark areas of Osaka: Shin Sekai.

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Osaka: Tsuruhashi, Korea Town

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Osaka doesn’t have a Chinatown but it does have a Korea Town in the neighborhood of Tsuruhashi. “Oh now you’re just trollin’, Z! You said you were done with Korea!” Well actually… this is one of those long walks I’m taking where I get off at a certain station and walk a different section of the city each time. It just so happens I run into Korea Town ^^;. Just passing through here on my way to Shitennoji.

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Food and Drinks in South Korea Part 1

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Silly me… How can I possibly finish my South Korea travel log without talking about the food! Admittedly, being someone who knows absolutely nothing about Korea, I mainly went for the food. Is that almost as bad as going just to shop, check out K-pop studios, and visit locations that appeared in K-dramas? ^^;

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Kyoto: Nanzenji, Lake Biwa Canal, Heian Shrine

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Continuing right where we left off last post, here I am at Nanzenji just a little ways after the Philosopher’s Path. This was where the legendary thief Ishikawa Goemon was supposedly executed by being boiled alive! Not exactly a comfortable way to die ^^;. Anyway, lots of walking in this post!

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Kyoto: Philosopher’s Path

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Kyoto’s Philosopher’s Path, 哲学の道 tetsugaku no michi (Path of philosophy), is a scenic walk between Ginkakuji (not Kinkakuji) and Nanzenji. The path is named as such because a great professor/philosopher used to commute on this road to work (Kyoto University is nearby). This was back in mid-late April as I was hoping to catch the last bits of sakura but as you can see, I didn’t make it in time to this one either TToTT. Well, it was still a peaceful walk nonetheless after the tourists cleared off ^^;. More walking 花見 in this post because hey, it’s spring!

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