2015 Wrap up - Photos from Japan and Korea

2015 is coming to a close and here I am still in Japan. It's been over a year now since I last saw my friends and family in the US and I've been spending a lot of time lately asking myself what makes a place feel like home. I don't know the answer to this question, by the way, in case you were thinking I'd be expressing that here.

Is it possible to fall in love with a place you hate? I feel that's the only way to describe how I feel about Tokyo. Because it's been a hard time these past few months trying to turn Tokyo into that resting place to put up my tired feet. But it just hasn't worked. I'm not sure yet what the next year will bring but it will likely involve moving again. To someplace.

Since it's been a while, here are some photo highlights from the second half of 2015.

Summer fireworks festival. These festivals go on pretty much every week during the summer months.
Dressed up for the festivities 

As a matter of bureaucracy, I left Japan in order to re-enter it and renew my visa. Some photos from a week-long trip to Korea I took in August.

I never knew before this trip that bibs are a necessary accessory when eating jajangmyun. The dish is made of black soy bean sauce. So the bib protects your clothes from the unavoidable splashes of black.

The prize at the end of the vacation, my Japanese residence card.

By mid-September, my feet got itchy again and it was time to move. I rented a car and took a solo roadtrip North to a gorgeous little place called Nikko. Not just famous for its good looks, the town also has historical significance as the burial grounds for two Tokugawa Shoguns.

I'm told Japan is going through an El NiƱo year and it's causing some strange weather phenomena around town. Most notably, the fall leaf season is still going on right now.

Meanwhile, I've been acquainting myself more with the quirky Japanese live music scene. Professional photos below from just one of the many insane shows I've attended. My eyes will never unsee all I've seen inside these seedy little venues.

Playing rock music on traditional taiko drums.
He's cooking food on stage. He fed this to the audience at the end of the show.
How is it staying on?
A group of very entertained and happily fed attendees

Most recently, I took a short excursion out to Kyoto with a visiting American friend. Lots of fall leaves can still be seen painting the town red even in late December.

I'll continue my effort to settle into Tokyo next year. But for now, in a week, I'll take a quick break and head on over to none other than...India! Again! I'm attending a friend's wedding in Delhi and will stay in the country sight-seeing for an extra two weeks afterwards. I can't wait. It'll feel so good to be in a relatively normal country once more.

No comments:

Post a Comment