Chapter II – 第二章

The summer vacation is almost at its end and autumn is getting closer. The first semester is definitely over now and changes came with the vacation. Our dormitory was almost empty at the beginning of the vacation but now it is filled up with people again. Almost four dozen new students brought new life into the empty halls. The nights are lively again as they used to be before the break.

September was the month of part-time job and Kanji. Trying to catch up what I was missing to join a higher language course I spent my free time to practice drawing the ancient characters radical by radical. Furthermore recent alterations in my health-related behaviour are torturing and blessing me at the same time and therefore many distractions are necessary. I also re-polished the blog theme and it is more gorgeous and flexible than ever (unless you’re using internet explorer).

Last week orientation sessions started again and with them the language placement was conducted. I successfully entered the aimed course and this semester will be dedicated to the Japanese language. Chapter II begins. 第二章開始.

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Some days ago I received an e-mail from the International Center of my university. This office is responsible for all international exchange programmes. They take care of outgoing and incoming students and assist them during the whole process. I would like to share this e-mail and use it to explain some details about students’ life at Ritsumeikan.

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Study Project: Class Blog

I’m taking a course called “Asia Pacific Relations” in which we run a class blog. Every student has to publish 5 posts during the semester and give feedback to other posts. This interactive learning tool is quite new to me. And today I published my first post.

You can find the blog here:

Also interesting: check out the new links I have added in the sidebar!

Update: Our professor closed the blog and it is not longer accessible now. If you have any questions regarding this project, feel free to contact me!

Arrival in Kyoto and Orientation at Ritsumeikan University (立命館大学)

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On Thursday 22nd I took the night bus from Tokyo to Kyoto and arrived in the early morning. It was a rainy Friday and finding the right way from Kyoto Station to my student dormitory was quite challenging and took longer than expected. But eventually I had arrived there and the facility manager and his wife gave me a warm welcome.

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