pre weekend update

I have SO much to write about! however, sumimasen, I still think in Hebrew about a lot of the things I’m going through here in Japan, so giving them shape and form in English takes a bit from the excitement. that’s why this time I DO have some photos to share and decorate my poor descriptions with. hajimemashou!

This morning I went with two other exchange students(lovely ladies) from our dorm, Kino Ryo Minami, to the University. last night was really rainy so the air was heavy with an addicting after-the-rain scent, one of my most favorite things to start my morning with!

 the dorm

from the 10 minutes walk to the university:

Kyoto Seika Daigaku 
and from inside the campus:

I love this water thing, it is all over the campus. the sound is very relaxing.
the walls everywhere are full of posters, ads, and other interesting things, but this one also has nice kanji on it so here it is. 
I had to go to the photo ID machine to get 1 more Japanese type passport photo for my student ID card. but I got 6 of them cause this was the only option… so I have enough Japanese size passport photos for life. and I look really tired in all of them because it was a moment before I drank my morning coffee.
after the coffee, we went to the international office and met with more gaijin(foreign/alien, this word might have a bad connotation, but I’m going to use it often here so let’s get use to it) students. and these 3 Japanese lovely student ladies took us on the subway to this very formal office for our insurance&residence issues. Now, I have absolutely no idea how we would have managed without their blessed help.  there were SO MaNY forms to fill out, all in Japanese. and all the formal people in that formal place did not speak English and did not know what to do with us. we made everyone very nervous and confused there. we made them want to cry. most definitely.  but with the help of the lovely seika ladies and some translation work, we eventually went through it all. with a lot of arigato gozaimasues to all the office people.
at last, I could finally go to the restroom, and of course, I had to create the most embarrassing scene there. there were so many buttons in that bathroom cell! so I was looking for the one that flashes the water but pushed the “HELP” button instead, which turned an alarm on! I panicked and then pushed the “music” button, so there was some music as well with the siren. 2 lady officers came in asking if I was OK. and I came out of that cell all pink to welcome them with “daijoubu, daijoubu!, gomenasai , OK OK” lol
the embarrassing gaijin that i am
look at me with my grandma skirt 
Later on i had a japanese language level check. 2 nice old ladies sat with me privately in a small room and asked me a lot of questions( in japanese).  they have decided that i am of the “basic-intermediate ” level. and they are going to be my sensei, which means we will meet once a week to try and improve my japanese abilities… and they expect me to prepare for each meeting! oh boy
then I talked with Oha-san(a funny guy btw, he laughs a lot) a bit about classes. it seems like i’m gonna be busy soon… meh. well, at least, it’s going to be art busy. 
some more Seika photos:

see you later

Shortly before my new adventures

this coming Monday I’ll be off to Hong Kong.
 I’ll wait there for about five hours, then go on my second flight to Osaka. From there I’m taking a shuttle to Kyoto. the whole thing will take almost two days of traveling, considering I’m traveling to meet the future.. and by the time I’ll write another post here I’m hoping to be where I’m supposed to be and rested.

I’m super excited. I’ve always wanted to visit Japan.
my Japanese is bad. and I scorn the American thinking that everyone anywhere in the world has to speak english in order to serve the native English speakers’ needs. so I feel a bit imperialistic myself knowing I’m going to rely on English quite often. it’s not that I’m trying to be hard on myself. I’m quite sababa with what I CAN do, and even the fact that I’m able to communicate with English is spectacular to me.

It’s going to be the first time my parents and I will be so far away from each other for quite a long time. I love my parents and I know it’s going to be a challenging time without them nearby, but I’m also glad for the chance to experience this freedom and responsibility for myself. it’s gonna be fun. and healthy.

I’m traveling by myself, everyone I will meet in the next few months will be new. new people, new places, tastes, and sounds.
I’ve already had some adventures like this before( this might be drastic of them all tho).  i always love the idea of it and get super thrilled beforehand. I get this feeling of “let’s go for it!”. but then I’m having some hard time, I’m a natural loner, I don’t make friends easily. a lot of new people make me want to crawl back to my private cozy corner. it doesn’t go smooth!  Nevertheless, I’m always getting up stronger than before.

The weather in Kyoto will be twice warmer than here. thank you very much. I’m packing my summer clothes and it feels great.

some past things I made with a very noticeable Japanese theme!

Rain men and more winter

I simply cannot wait for the weather around me to get warmer.

I am already looking for my favorite, most comfortable, nice looking summer clothing. unfortunately, I lost my most favorite summer dresses a while ago and I didn’t get to enjoy them last summer.

 I think it happened when I came back from working in the city and just tossed away my clothing bag.  Therefore, I still have hopes they might be somewhere in this house.

Those dresses were super colorful and exactly my type, I really want to have them back..  The same bag also included a hand-made skirt that my aunt got me during a walk we took in Neve Tzedek, which is one of my favorite area in Tel-Aviv. So that skirt is precious. Come back to me little skirt.

I have to get myself more organized with my stuff.

So, yesterday I have received my Japanese visa!

Well, it is not a Visa yet. but it will be one after the embassy in New York sigh it.

This is my first Visa ever because I have never needed one before.  I feel like a real global person now.
My dad used to deal with a lot of American visa issues and when I was a kid I didn’t want him to get it so he won’t leave me.

My Visa has the world “Student” in English and Japanese bold letters on it. I know that if I weren’t a student my chances of getting a visa would have been slim. So there is something nice about getting a thing easily when under most circumstances it is hard to get.

The New York Times came up with their Kyoto 36 hours recommendations at a good timing:

can definitely come handy.

overall, I’m feeling as lazy as my cat nowadays.

some other things-

doodling with a regular ballpoint pen is fun and cheap. I’m actually coming to love it almost as much as I love coloring

now to finding those dresses