Diary Post | Four Months in Japan!

Dear Reader,

Long time no post (again!) and happy 2020! I’ve had this blog for over two years now, and I feel like because I don’t have a specific topic I blog about, I keep getting distracted and disappearing. To be fair, sometimes I disappear because of my long-time battle with depression, sometimes just because I just don’t know what to post? Other times because I get busy and don’t have time.

Side note: incase you don’t follow my personal IG @ insta_rinnn, I included some pictures I’ve taken since October!

enjoy this sunset I took on the bus drive from Osaka to Kobe!

So, I’ve been here an four months now, and wow time flies. Honestly, it feels longer? I’ve been settling into classes, which has been fun and challenging. The last time I was in school was Spring of 2018, so this has been fun trying to get back into a study routine (speaking of which I am now procrastinating my studying by working on this post, LOL).

shame me, i deserve it lol

Having spent some time here now, I feel like the newness of Japan has mostly worn off, don’t get me wrong I discover new things everyday, but it’s not sparkly anymore. Which is still valid because I’m enjoying myself. Last year, when I was going through a rather difficult depressive episode, my dad told me to just apply for school. He was like, “it’ll be better to be depressed in Japan and doing something with my life, than to be depressed at home stuck in the same rut.” Tough words, but good advice because I’m here now!

Osaka Castle

I really like the city I picked, Kobe, because it’s rather diverse. There’s a China Town, lots of Indian restaurants, and a district called Kitano, which was build by Europeans who were here a long time ago, so the architecture is very cool and different from what the rest of the city has to offer. Kobe is also next to Osaka, which is a much larger and exciting city filled with delicious food!

a pic of the local China Town
Snapped this pic of Kobe as I was riding up the mountain to the Botanical Gardens

By the way, if there’s anything you guys want me to blog about/review (makeup, manga, anime, dramas, etc.) you can DM on twitter or IG! Honestly, since of I’ve got here I’m mostly just been enjoying my youth, AND I do have a few topics I could blog about in a diary post if I can find the motivation. For example, I went on several dates, and I could make a separate post about my experience with Tinder and Bumble on Japan, because it’s been it’s own journey as a small town girl from Alaska. LMAO

Though I will say, RIP my bank account. What I do need to do is get a part-time job, but I’ve been procrastinating it. I’m just so tired after working so much last summer, I needed a break. I have been browsing though, and it looks like most of the nice jobs are in Osaka, which is chill but I really don’t want to commute that far. I think from my station to Umeda Station (which is the hub, apparently?) it’s about 45 minutes? The struggle is real, and I while public transportation is convenient, sometimes rush hour–and being squished into a train like a can of sardines, is not!

Okay, and as for my music pick of the month (this was from like October, because I never talked about their lastest album on here properly like I normally do!) I found a store that sells kpop albums, I was able to buy The Table by Nu’est, their latest album in person for the first time in my life! Which isn’t a big deal to a lot of people, but as their fan for 8 years (omg) it meant a lot to me!

I’m literally that person who will promote Nu’est every chance I get, sorry ur mad about it lo

Anyway, let me know what you want to read! I’ll have a new post up sooner rather than later, I hope. Thanks for reading, and as always,

Love,

Rin


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