Ok, so this post is pretty belated, but the past few weeks have been rather stressful, and I haven;t quite adjusted to the Japanese lifestyle yet. Anyway , I went to the Kaiyukan aquarium in Osaka with my Japanese friends Kanae, Yoshimi, and Yui, as well as some of the international students ^^ Its website, as well as wikipedia, claim that it's one of the largest aquariums in the world, but I was told it was the largest. It has 8 floors with a wide range of sea creatures, including adorable otters, eels, manta rays, capybara(!!!) and WHALE SHARKS! It was quite an amazing experience, aside from the fact that I was wearing high heels.
When we returned to the Hirakata station we took a ton of purikura! For those of you who don't know, this means we basically went into the most high-tech photo-booth in the world; one which enhances the size of your eyes and improves your complexion. You can add stamps, writing, and anything cute to the pictures which come out as stickers.
The rest of the week was full of studying(fun!) and stress, but I think I'm finally starting to adjust to the Japanese lifestyle. Everything is expensive here, and the exchange rate is terrible, but those are things that can't be changed. And receiving a ton of packages from home on a regular basis definitely helps.
So far I've only been to Osaka, but I hope to go to Kyoto soon!