The pampas of ennui

Being Leonardo Boiko's online Journal, featuring Long & Very Sporadic Essays on any Subject.

Where’s the updates?

21 July 2013

Just a quick heads-up: I’m still taking notes about life in Japan every day, be it on the moleskine or directly on the computer. I’ve just stopped publishing them because transcribing & editing, however lightly, was taking too much time. I’m favoring the experiencing self a bit more now (after all, poor experiencing self went through like 30 hours of hell on Mount Fuji; I’m generously rewarding him with tons of wagashi).

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Day 20: Scary phone calls, kireji book, time to breath

02 July 2013

Welp! One third of the time’s already gone.

Woke up early to yet another mystery call; a man who said “good evening” (in English) before hanging up, around five in the morning. What’s up with this phone? This is starting to feel uncomfortably like a typical plot of Japanese horror cinema.

I dozed back into bed, and later, instead of doing due homework, spent a half-hour answering a question in the Internet (“What is the max number of moras a kanji character can have?“).

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Day 18: Another Sunday

02 July 2013

Someone called my room at three in the morning. I took the phone the third time, but there was no answer, not even an African-sounding language like the other time; just some background noises. Luckly, by now my body has taken to a healthy rhythm—sleep around 23h, wake up by 7h—and not even the Great August Deity who Illuminates the Heaven at four-fifty stops me from sleeping again.

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Day 12: Homework failure

24 June 2013

Has it really just been twelve days? It feels so long already.

With all the tourism and shopping and photos, I didn’t really do any homework during the weekend. I started yesterday, at a leisure pace because it was due tomorrow. Or so I thought, but turns out they were for today. Ops. Continue Reading →

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Day 11: Tama-tsukuri Inari Jinja, Uniqlo, Shingo-san [photos]

23 June 2013

Yesterday I found out about a nearby shrine catering precisely to my interests, thanks to Ru’s help, and I still want those linen clothes, & I think: Why not today? Sure, my feet hurt even going to the elevator, but… Too bad for you, feet! Migiashi-kun, hidari-ashi kun, you’ll have a lot of time to loaf around during class days—today carry me to see Japan, please.

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Day 9: Trip to Kyōto [photos]

22 June 2013

Because of the tornado rains, the Center told us that, exceptionally, we could go tomorrow rather than on the scheduled Friday, since the forecast was for rain during one and sun on the other. I worry about the light a bit, but I had arranged to meet a friend back from São Paulo, Kelly, who’s currently studying in the Midorikai tea ceremony program at Urasenke; and I want to buy kimono, and today’s the Antique Fair; and, besides, Ru things Kyōto looks good subdued in rainy colors, so I’m going today.

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