Hey everyone! Hope you are all doing well and are excited for the end of the semester at UNM! So here at Meiji Gakuin University, our spring semester started last week. The classes I decided to pick this time around seem really fun and will definitely help me with my Japanese language skills. We also had new students arrive at the dorm for the spring semester. The new students are really nice, and coincidently, two of them are from UNM! 

So, in terms of which classes I picked are the following. A Japanese anime class in which you talk about the anime or movie we are watching, with Japanese students. This is done to help improve Japanese language speaking skills as well as learn different dialects. Next, I am taking a class in which we view Japanese films that address issues within Japanese society. This is done to allow a deeper insight into Japanese culture that a non-Japanese native person might not be able to see. The class after that is a Japanese fieldwork class in which I will pick a subject here in Japan and explore various aspects of it. These aspects can include socioeconomic issues and cultural norms, plus a variety of other topics. And finally, I am happy to say that I have been moved up from level 1 to level 2 in my Japanese language class! Overall, I think this semester is going to be both fun and rewarding! 

Now that the school stuff has been talked about I can tell you all about one of the adventures I went on with the two other students from UNM. We went to Naka-Meguro to see the cherry blossoms. However, we went at night because during this time of year, Meguro River is lined with lanterns, making the cherry blossoms look surreal to a degree. Plus, the reflection of the lanterns with the cherry blossoms along the Meguro River makes for a very beautiful sight. I have also seen the cherry blossoms along Meguro River during the day which was also really nice.  I took photos of the cherry blossoms mentioned but have yet to upload them to my Instagram. I also still have to upload the other photos I mentioned in my last blog post. I will do my best to get that done soon so you all can see what I have been talking about. Needless to say though, there are a lot of photos. Over 1000 photos to be exact 😅. There are just a lot of picture-perfect spots in Japan ha-ha! 

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