It's raining, again. A steady, soaking shower that begins to puddle in parking lots. But it's still hot, too hot to wear a rain coat, and the humidity causes sweat to pour down my body as my clothes are also drenched from the outside, under an umbrella that does little against the wind and blowing … Continue reading Rainy days.
The air is hot, as always, but the clouds that block the beating rays of the sun and the breeze that blow make it seem slightly cooler than the previous days. I walk alone, towards a yet-unexplored section of town. Down narrow streets past well-kept homes and gardens. A black cat crosses the road in … Continue reading Wandering.
We arrived in Matsumoto on Friday afternoon, and our meeting with Amanda's contact in Japan to figure out what our plans were going to be for field work wasn't until Monday, leaving us with an entire weekend to explore. Saturday was spent roaming around downtown Matsumoto, first visiting the number-one tourist destination in the city---the … Continue reading “Middle name John” and adventures in eating.
Some number of months ago, I agreed to go to Japan for the summer with my friend Amanda to help her collect data for her research. In exchange for my help, she paid for my trip---a deal I couldn't pass up. And so, two days ago, I found myself saying goodbye to Pennsylvania for a … Continue reading The 40-hour journey across the world.