On the 1st, the Art History class went to a Field Trip to Nara 奈良 :
- Yakushi-ji 薬師寺 (named World Heritage temple)
- Tôdai-ji 東大寺 (with the Big Buddha Vairocana inside)
It was my first time to Nara, and I was lucky ’cause I met my two friends from my French university ♡ I didn’t really liked the deer, but the two temples were really impressive, so it was a great day 🙂
On the 14th, it was SPICE Party, organized in Kônan university by some clubs. It was really fun to meet new Japanese people, they organized many games, with many things to win ^^
On the 15th, some students and one of the KIEC member, Okawa-san, we went to Kyoto 京都, to assist to a Tea Ceremony 茶道 and then, see the Golden Pavilion 金閣寺. This day was the most beautiful day for me, because I met my lovely Chinese and Taiwanese friends, Nana, U-chan, Aiko and Will ♡ I spent most of my time with them, they went many times to my house, we shared so many things together ♡
Plus, it was the first time I did Tea Ceremony —Japanese green tea 抹茶 is sooo good *ω*— and the first time I see the Kinkaku-ji 🙂
On the 21st, we had the International Exchange Committee Welcome Party in the Hirao Seminar House. Great time spent with the Japanese and Exchange students ♪ As the previous party, the Japanese students did a really good job for this party.
On the 22d, I was volunteer in the library of Okurayama 大倉山 (in Kobe) with my Japanese friend Tomoyo —who speak French really well—, to read French and Japanese stories (we read Lisa&Gaspard) and play French and Japanese games with little children. They were so cute, trying to understand what I was saying in French, or trying to play the games ^^
On the 27th, we had host-family party in the University. The staff provided us the lunch, and each host-family came. It was just after the Japanese midterms, a great time to enjoy with everyone and to relax. And since I took 100/100 on the Kanji exam, my host-family bought a cake to celebrate it ^^
On the 29th, the Literature class went to see a Bunraku show 文楽 in Osaka and then, we ate with Tierney-sensei in an Izakaya ^^ (and drank a lot) ! It was lot of fun with everyone 😀
On the 30th, I went with Tomoyo to see Japanese Traditional Dance 日本舞踊 with her mum. *ω* I loved it! It’s totally different from the dance we usually know in Europe; it’s kind of slow, with pure movements and pure expressions… A revelation for me.
And then, on the 31st, we celebrated Halloween in the Ajisai-room (the room in the University where we, the exchange students, usually spent most of our time, and where many Japanese students came and talked with us). Funny day, which ended in Baskin Robbins to eat Halloween flavor icecream 🙂