Tonight, I sit not in my usual chair at home whilst I write to you, my faithful readers. Tonight, I AM IN JAPAN! This trip has been a personal dream of mine for many years, and when we sat on the train from the airport and caught our first glimpses of Osaka, the magic of fulfilling them filled my body with joy and my face with a smile.
Kris and I are here for nine days, our entire summer vacation from our first school in Korea. Rather than dwell on how short that the holiday is, we are enraptured by the new country that we have nine whole days to explore.
We are staying in Osaka for the next three days, in Kyoto for one day, and finally Tokyo for five days. We are going to see such wonders as Universal Studios theme park (containing Harry Potter world, which we are tremendously excited about), Hiroshima, Fugi-Q Highland (another famous them Park with Mount Fuji as a backdrop), and more Pokémon, Hello Kitty, and anime characters than adults should be allowed to see. It shall be glorious.
The trip got off to a good start as well – today happened to be a major celebration in Osaka, where the deity of scholarship of a local temple leaves his home and is carried through the city in a golden shrine. Sadly, we arrived too late to see the procession through the city, but we were able to witness a spectacular fireworks display held in his honour. Many of the locals wore traditional kimonos, which added to the wonder of the scene. What a way to celebrate our arrival!
With such a great holiday ahead of us, we are both looking forward to each coming day and relishing the experiences we are having in each moment. This is a welcome change from our work life, where we often simply drift along during the day, only living in the evening, when we aren’t at work. Maybe this singularly magical experience will give us renewed energy to do more than simply float on. It will, however, give us memories that we will carry with us for the rest of our lives.