I’m about to start my fourth year in Japan, so it’s time to take a look back at my Japanese bucket list and see what I still need to do:
Attend a taiko (drums) class in Hyuga
- Climb Fuji-san
Do hanami (cherry blossom viewing). Eat at a conveyor belt sushi bar
- Explore some abandoned places
- Fold 1000 cranes
Get my gamer geek on in Akihabara.
- Get over my vendetta and try natto again.
- Go camping.
- Go on a bike trip.
- Go skiing or snowboarding
- Go to a concert
Go to a Jazzercise class. Go to Hiroshima Go to the Studio Ghibli Museum. Go to Universal Studios Japan Hang out with all the cool people in Osaka
- Hike the Magome-Tsumago Trail in Spring
Hit all of the tourist spots in Miyazaki Learn to surf
- Make another set of jinbei
Only speak Japanese for a whole day Participate in a festival (not just go to one)
- Pass the N2 Japanese Language Proficiency Test.
Pass the N3 Perform with my taiko club
- Pick up a new martial art.
Shikoku road trip with Jen Start running again
- Take a train trip from the southern part of Kyushuu to Hokkaido
- Take the GRE.
- Take the night ferry to Osaka.
Take the shinkansen (bullet train) anywhere. Try a weird flavored Kit Kat. Try kyudo.
- Try to minimize, live with less
Visit all four main islands of Japan.
- Visit an onsen (hot spring)
- Visit Aokigahara (Suicide Forest).
- Visit at least 9 out of 18 UNESCO sites in Japan (4 down, 5 to go)
Visit Ellen Visit every prefecture on Kyushu
- Visit Hokkaido in the spring/ summer
Visit Jennifer again Visit Kyoto. Visit Okinawa. Visit Osaka again
- Visit Shizuko again in Nagoya
Visit South Korea
- Visit Thailand
- Visit Singapore
- Visit the Imperial Palace
Visit the Peace Memorial in Hiroshima.
- Visit the synagogue in Tokyo
- Watch a sumo match
- Wisteria Flower Tunnel
As of Monday I can cross surfing off of my list. Monday was a national holiday (Umi no Hi/ Sea Day) so it’s only fitting that I spent it at the beach. One of the CIRs (coordinator for international relations) in the capital organized a surfing lesson for about 9 of us. We each got boards and instructors to teach us. It was a lot of fun, but really exhausting. My ankle was screaming by the end of it, and I drank more saltwater than I probably should have, but it was fun and I’m glad I did it. Though, I don’t think I’ll be doing it again anytime soon.
I managed to stand a few times, but I fell more than I stood. Still, I can officially say I surfed, so it’s a win overall.