Before the end of our CET program, I was invited to my Japanese housemate Tomoko’s home to have dinner with her family. Tomoko’s mom prepared gorgeous dishes for us, and I had a really good time talking to her family members after dinner. It was also my first time to be invited to a foreign friend’s home, and everything I experienced there was warm and special.
At the beginning of May, I had to say goodbye to most of my CET friends as they will go back to the United States. I hung out with my friend Akane for the last time in Osaka, and we passed by the huge billboards we saw during our first week’s CET trip. We took photos under the billboards once again.
(Left) As we finished our Japanese language classes, AICAD got the chance to make prints at a woodblock printing studio in Kyoto twice. The little road to the studio was really pretty and full of nature. (Middle) At the studio, I found a print that I really love. It was about Fushimi clay dolls and was made in 1982 by our teacher Tosai. (Right) The studio was renovated from a traditional Japanese family’s house and kept its structure, which gives me a strong home-studio feeling. My AICAD friend Jonathan is sketching for his woodblock print.
I also took a woodblock printing class at Osaka Art University. I haven’t done any woodblock prints before and it took me over a month to finish my first print. The picture shows the carved block and my final print.
I was also making some progress I’m my glass class. I managed to make a ting snake out of different colored glass bars.
(Left) Last weekend, I went to Nagoya and saw a photo of the castle suddenly appearing on a random bridge, just like it’s photoshopped into the background. (Right) Also, I was able to go to Ghibli Park and rode on the Neko bus!