Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Orientation Week

Getting adjusted to life in Japan is difficult. Especially for a vegetarian. Getting adjusted to life in Japan whilst simultaneously attending orientation week hell is just plain torture. Homesickness. Nausea. Vomiting. What time is it? Placement tests, paperwork, payments, etc.............
This week hasn't been as fun as I thought it would be. Sure, I've met some cool people and had my fair share of adventures, but the stress of completing all the orientation tasks on time is taking away all of my energy. That, and the heat/humidity of Osaka around this time of year. Pretty much exactly the same as Florida. Sigh.

Our campus is about 1 mile away from the dorm I'm staying at, so I think I might need to invest in a bike if I plan on arriving to any of my early classes on time. Most things are about 20 minutes away from the seminar house on foot, with the exception of  a nice park, cheap(ish) clothes stores, and a hole-in-the-wall okonomiyaki restaurant. Okonomiyaki (a fried savory pancake with tasty ingredients such as egg, vegetables, etc) is one of Osaka's most famous dishes, but I got kimchi yakisoba there since it's just about my favorite food ever! It's like a fried noodle dish mixed with Korean kimchi, and it's absolutely delicious.
Being vegetarian here is hard. Especially not eating fish. But I'll see how long I last before I die of malnutrition or (unintentionally) break my 6 year vegetarian streak. For instance, today I bought Inarizushi, which usually consists solely of fried tofu stuffed with rice. To my surprise, it contained small pieces of boiled fish inside. The easiest things to find vegetarian are sweets and snacks, but I'm not sure I can survive of off those items. I may have to learn how to cook!

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