WOW was New Year’s ever cool. I met up with a friend and we went to Shi-jyo dori in Gion, Kyoto where literally THOUSANDS of people gathered at a shrine to celebrate the holiday. The shrine was packed with concession stands and games, and to add to the coolness, a few minutes before midnight it started to snow!
Here’s a video of last night. Out of curiosity, are you guys enjoying these videos? They take a lot longer to put together than pictures (obviously) so if you don’t care, I won’t post em 🙂
On a separate note, after last night I’m leaning even more strongly towards pulling out of Kansai Gaidai and going to Ritsumeikan. Kyoto is just too freakin awesome. And I’m not even talking about the fact that the festival was cool; I got to Gion a few hours before it got really busy and just walked around the side streets, and it really is true that there’s something incredible around every single corner. Plus I was talking to this really nice Australian guy who also lives here, who studied at Gaidai a few years ago, and even though he really liked it there he said that I should definately choose Rits given the opportunity (it’s a much more prestegious university in Japan, has more intensive classes, and of course, is in Kyoto). I just have to wait for stupid Rits hurry and make a decision about my acceptance!
Happy New Year to all of you back in the states…for whom it’s still 2004 😛