The sakura have really started to blossom now and the constant dreary weather tells me that spring has finally arrived. The air today is very thick and damp, but since it is warm and damp, I actually am enjoying it. Reminds me of Slifer House weather.
Classes are going. Had a test in Japanese today - it was tough 'cause it not only had keigo, but keigo along with passive, causative, and causative-passive! Man, what a combination. But I survived. Kanji class is going ok though I spend hardly no time studying for it - shame on me. History is boring. We just had a lecture on world history and the Europeans moving toward Japan. Sometimes I wish I'd just taken Pre-Modern Japanese history and not Pre-modern Japanese International Relations History O_o. Asian Psychologies is really interesting these days, but also hard to follow. Zen is fun, though! I love Zen even if I don't understand it. Dogen is a pretty neat guy, though I still do not enjoy being held responsible for that class reading. Blah.
As far as travel and culture goes, last weekend I got to see Hina dolls in the Kimura's home as well as a Blue Dragon Festival, from which I recieved the blessings of Kannon Buddha (or so the announcer guy was saying). The Hina dolls were gorgeous. I took photos and hope they turn out. The Dragon Festival reminded me of something Chinese - it was tons of fun! I even got to see the Dragon up close - right in my face - and wow it was kinda scary as well as exciting!!
This weekend the plan is to go to the Imperial Palace and then Osaka Castle. The Imperial Palace is open this week to the public, meaning it will be very crowded. Add on top of that the numerous cherry blossoms there and it is gonna be packed miserably. Why am I going? To hear Gagaku!! I will take any chance that I can get to hear Gagaku. Osakajo should be fun - it will be my first time.
The rest of my plans lie on the edge of a knife - aka, they depend on the political schedule of my host family. I fear for my freedom.
In the end, time is passing far too fast. I am really starting to panic about the end. I don't wanna go home!!