|Love these little sectioned off plates they give you, too!|
|Shibuya crossing, manic as always.|
|Dinner in Tokyo!|
Olivia spent a few more days in Utsunomiya that week. Unfortunately I had to go to work, so mostly we just went and ate at nice places at night, and she also visited my school's English club. The students there were really excited to meet her, because she recently interned at the United Nations in New York, and a lot of my students are interested in that kind of internationally-focused work. Later that week, she went to some southern prefectures like Hiroshima (including Miyajima, which she loved) and Kyoto by herself. Here are a few fantastic photos she took of her travels.
|She went to Fushimi Inari shrine! So jealous.|
|A great photo she took of Todaiji temple in Nara, where I went on New Year's Day 2014.|
|This photo of the torii gate at Miyajima is stunning!|
Since then, I've had a wonderful 1.5 terms back at school, with loads of things I should have posted about, but haven't gotten around to yet. As you may have seen, in the summer holidays I went back to New Zealand to visit my family and friends and generally refresh. I went back for about 4 weeks, as authorised by my very generous and understanding principal. I still love Japan like crazy, but it was SO EXCITING! Family! Friends! English! Cold weather! Fish and chips! Sleeping in! And alllll the brunch! You can read a bit about my trip back to middle earth, as especially a weekend trip I took with my mum to a city called Napier, here.