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Our Travels: Mbithe in Japan | Part Three

(Read Part Two here!)

And the story continues! In this part, I’ll share about our study trip to Hiroshima and Kyoto. If you’re interested in Japan, you’ve probably heard about the shinkansen (新幹線 – sometimes called the bullet train). Going at up to 320 km/h, these trains move… well, pretty fast. My first shinkansen ride was from Osaka to Hiroshima, the first stop on our study trip. Osaka and Hiroshima are about 330 km apart, and the trip took about an hour and twenty minutes (as opposed to the 6 hours it would have taken by bus).

Mbithe’s ideal life would consist of an infinite loop of travelling to beautiful, idyllic locations with breathtaking views, amazing food, and nothing on her to-do list but relaxation and rejuvenation. Mbithe’s actual life involves a lot of proposals, research papers, and code, with just enough travel to make up for the rest of it.

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Our Travels: Mbithe in Japan | Part Two

(Read Part One here!)

So where did we leave off? Oh, right! I was in my lovely bedroom at the Japan Foundation Japanese-Language Institute, Kansai (or just “the centre” to us), admiring the view, and realizing that I was finally in Japan. 🙂 I finally fell asleep at around 2 am (which was to be my sleeping time for the next couple of days). Still, I woke up fairly early at 7 am, enough time for me to have breakfast and attend orientation! 🙂

Mbithe’s ideal life would consist of an infinite loop of travelling to beautiful, idyllic locations with breathtaking views, amazing food, and nothing on her to-do list but relaxation and rejuvenation. Mbithe’s actual life involves a lot of proposals, research papers, and code, with just enough travel to make up for the rest of it.

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Our Travels: Mbithe In Japan | Part One

How does one summarise the most amazing two weeks of their life, into a couple of entries in a blog? Where does one even begin? How about the fateful interview at the Japanese embassy that decided whether or not I’d even go to Japan? No… we first have to talk about how I got to be interviewed in the first place. Winning the Speech Contest definitely played a part. But I’d never have even participated if I hadn’t seen the flyer announcing it on my desk back in December as I did the Japanese Language Proficiency Test (JLPT) N5. But I wouldn’t have even done the test if anime and JPop hadn’t sparked an interest in me to learn Japanese in the first place…

Mbithe’s ideal life would consist of an infinite loop of travelling to beautiful, idyllic locations with breathtaking views, amazing food, and nothing on her to-do list but relaxation and rejuvenation. Mbithe’s actual life involves a lot of proposals, research papers, and code, with just enough travel to make up for the rest of it.

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