Used Kimono and Yukata in Kyoto

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Trying on a kimono… and then buying it. I’m thinking of wearing this for my graduation back in California. Or maybe the orange one? ARG. dunno.

I bought 3 formal kimono and 1 yukata… why? I have no idea. I think I’ll sell 2 of them off in America or before I leave. It was an impulse buy (めっちゃやばい!!!). Other than maybe for graduation, I probably won’t wear them ever. My favorite part about studying in Kyoto is the access to traditional culture. It’s uncommon to see people wearing kimono around the streets and I love it! I’m all wrapped up in looking at cute girls wearing cute kimonos and then buying them myself. I’m sad that I won’t have many occasions to wear them, though. One, my family would probably complain that I should wear more Vietnamese dresses (which I do…). Two, I need to be careful about cultural appropriation.

I’ll be writing about:

  1. My Yukata
  2. My Kimono
  3. Tips for Buying
  4. Where to buy

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Doshisha: First Week of Classes and Clubs

This first week has been pretty hectic. I have classes in Kyoto, where I live, and Kyotanabe, an hour and a half away, so everyday is packed. I’m also looking into circles to join. Circles are the Japanese equivalent of clubs in America, and clubs are the equivalent of a varsity sports. There are so many interesting circles that I was hoping to join, but coming here, I found out that many students don’t speak English so you can’t really join just any circle.

A few days before school began, there was bunch of recruitment on campus for clubs and circles. I don’t look too far off from a typical Japanese college girl so people treated me as if I knew Japanese. That was mildly frustrating since that meant I had no idea what they were saying, but also quite nice since they approached me much more easily than the other ryuugakusei. Fortunately, only one circle denied me because of my lack of Japanese ability. I’m sticking to tennis and dance circles since I wouldn’t need too much guidance in those activities– I don’t know how I would fare in any of the other circles.

Doshisha Circle Performance

Oddly enough, this was a recruitment skit for a large and popular tennis circle on campus: DTLA

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Doshisha: Registering for Classes

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LUNCH IS HELLA CHEAP. YES. This is my friend’s lunch of only 536 yen… but 95% of the food is non-vegetarian friendly ::cries::

There are many programs at Doshisha for foreign students. I will specifically be speaking about the nichibun program that is reserved for short-term exchange students, which all UCEAP students fall under. Though the UCEAP application had said that coming to Doshisha requires no Japanese language ability, it would have been useful to know that there is very little support for English speakers. I ran into many difficulties registering for classes because all of information was given to us in Japanese (probably… honestly, I still don’t know what they said). This post is about:

  1. Japanese Courses
  2. Difficulties with Elective Course
  3. Elective Course Selection
  4. One Important Tip

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Finding a Homestay in Kyoto

the demonic cuties that I live with in Japan: Mikke-chan and Sakura-chan

With the UCEAP program to study abroad at Doshisha, I was given only foreign student dormitories to choose from for housing. They are extremely cheap, but considering that I am only here for 5-6 months, I wanted something more immersive. Also, I really dig the Washitsu aesthetic. None of the rooms from the dorms were tatami mat. The last two things to push me into having to find my own housing was: I wanted to be able to have overnight guests (I have friends who are visiting me), and I missed the deadline for applying for housing. Hehe.

I found a variety of options and sites to be quite useful:

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