New Years Resolutions 2018

I set goals at the beginning of each year, to help keep some direction and track my progress. In this post I'm going to evaluate how I went for 2017 while setting new goals for the next year. Looking back on 2017 Travel to at least one new country - …

Learning Japanese - 1 Year In

Learning Japanese - 1 Year In

Previously I spoke about my experience after studying Japanese for 6 months. It's been a little over a year now, so I'm writing this update to reflect on my progress so far, what I've learned since the last post, and my plans for year 2. This is a long post, …

Grades don't matter

I've often heard - and said - that grades don't matter. What's interesting about this is that two people can both say 'Grades don't matter' and mean completely different things. What different things could they mean? This comes down to a distinction that I've only recently grasped in terms of …

Things to do in Kyoto at night

Things to do in Kyoto at night

I got a bit 'templed out' in Kyoto - while the many temples and shrines scattered through Kyoto are beautiful, I was craving variety by the end of each day. To top it off, they all close at 5pm, so in a city known for the beautiful temples and shrines, …

Japanimals 3 -The Deer of Nara Park

Japanimals 3 -The Deer of Nara Park

Nara is a city near Osaka and Kyoto. Nara is famous internationally for the deer; they live wild in the city and especially in the huge Nara Park. Nara Deer Once you get off the station, the deer are waiting on the footpath immediately outside, ready to steal your food. …