Decade Done (nearly)
Whilst Christmas might not be that big a deal out in Japan, New Years certainly is, however not in the way that I am used to. In Japan New Year is more like Christmas back home, spent with family, which means that my dorm is eerily quiet right now. I returned last night from working out in the Tsunan Mountains to a ghost town. Getting a Job abroad may sound daunting but it can help you get out of the uni bubble, meet a great bunch of people and depending on your job, get paid to walk up and ski down mountains.
Though I didn’t have Christmas off from uni, I now have a weeks break before 9 days of class then freedom till April 6th, having only two uni semesters a year can have its perks 🙂 Though having spent a bit of time traveling this semester I realised that I have to write 3 essays and revise for 2 exams over my week off, so may not be the most exciting of weeks off for me.
That doesn’t mean I won’t be celebrating New Years at all, a few of us at the dorm are planning on doing a fusion between traditional western party style new years, and Japanese traditional New Years. This means we will go to a nomihodai at an izakaya, which is two hours all you can drink, before going and eating soba noodles to bring in the New Year. The Idea of eating noodles for New Years is that they are meant to symbolise a long life, though after a few drinks not sure how good my chop sticks skill will be.
Happy New years to one and all 🙂