something must be on my mind…

I just posted the last weekly discussion board reflection for my Human Resource Development (HRD). (Yeah, how the heck did I get myself into that class?) Looking back at some of the things I wrote, I am surprised at how quickly I’ve taken the traditionally business-focused class and leveraged the theories and approaches to what Read More …

日本 day6.5 | Himeji (姫路市)

January 1 On the first day of 2010, I packed up my things after a charming breakfast with Aaron & the Sumidas and wandered out to explore Japan on my own.  They needed to be with the family for Japanese New Year / shōgatsu (正月), and I wanted to be on my own to dive Read More …

日本 day5 & 6.5 | laying low before (& raw fish on) the New Year

December 31 We needed a day of rest.  At lunch with Face’s host parents, I was invited to two (if not three) meals that are truly of cultural importance during Japanese New Year (正月).  First, I was to share dinner with them on New Year’s Eve, and then I was to come to breakfast on Read More …

日本 day4 | time for Nara (奈良市)

December 30 With our last day before New Year’s Eve, we decided to leave the city to head out to Nara.  With most of the friends assembled, we jumped on a couple trains out to Nara (奈良市).  That is, after I got on the wrong line by myself (dumb Americani). The city of Nara (奈良市) Read More …

日本 day3 | leaving Kyoto (京都), on to Kobe (神戸市)

December 29 Leaving Kyoto (京都) was a little bit of a disappointment; I felt like I had just begun to unlock that city.  I still think I got just a peek.  As Face and I left, we saw quite a few signs that were telling us not to leave (resulting in what we are going Read More …

日本 day2 | bike-a-thon: temple of the Golden Pavilion & the mountainside of 10,000 gates

December 28 Borrowing some bikes, the four of us (Aaron, Chad, Malia & myself) biked Kyoto from top to bottom.  On our agenda began with an unsuccessful stop at Nijō Castle (二条城) due to New Year’s preparations.  We proceeded to Kinkaku-ji (金閣寺)/ “the temple of the Golden Pavilion” in northern Kyoto (京都) where there was Read More …