As exciting as moving to Tokyo is, it's also a headache of logistics- I wish I could hire someone to take care of all the details, but I'm getting used to this part it seems and getting better at handling everything on my own. I was hoping to never have to move within Japan ever again, as packing and unpacking are my least favourite parts, but this time around it's completely different. I have made the decision to live with roommates, as I have missed having housemates, and I think it will be a positive change and a smoother way to adjust to life in Tokyo. I was lucky to find a gorgeous, traditional Japanese house to share in a lovely neighbourhood (more on that later). In a way it's another great learning experience, and I'm looking forward to share more information on how to well, tackle yet another moving process within Japan.
For now, I'm fully enjoying my last weeks here. I have been having such a great time in Osaka, and this summer has been one of the best I've had in a long time. This weekend, my dear friend Jaclyn, with whom I worked with in Korea, hopped on a plane to come spend a few days in Osaka. We had a fun-filled weekend that included a midnight picnic at Osaka Castle (complete with animal sightings and bike rides), white wine on a hot afternoon, browsing in Umeda, a conbini feast in Shinsaibashi until 4am, and a sightseeing Sunday in Nara, with all sorts of deer. I love Kansai so much, and unexpected visits from close friends, reminiscing, and staying up until sunrise.
Gorgeous deer photo credits go to my friend Charlie Reeves.