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Between my trip to the Kyoto International Manga Museum in September and the Studio Ghibli Museum in December, I’ve had a lot of time to think about Miyazaki Hayao and my current lifestyle.

Late autumn/early winter: Camellias near my home

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Kyoto is one of the most interesting cities in the world, even if my new residence out in the middle of nowhere has made me unused to it. Like most historical big cities, Kyoto is a mixture of varying degrees of old and new, but in the most peaceful way possible. My time here seemed to capture the essence of a beautiful lifestyle: burning high-quality incense, trying on lovely kimono, taking in ancient temples, reading literature in the bath, with all the conveniences and technology of a proper city. After weeks of fighting a war against spiders, trucking around in The Tank, wrasslin’ chestnuts, and blogging about every twist and turn in my country lifestyle, a trip to Kyoto made me feel downright civilized.

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In which our heroine returns to Kyoto.

I’m sure that those of you out there who have moved between regions or states (or what have you) of your home country have experienced in-country culture shock. Moving from a Midwestern suburb to a private school out west was a huge culture shock for me, and, yes, I CAN hear you humming “Don’t Stop Believing.”

Four years ago, I lived as a student in Osaka, and I knew that when I got my placement all the way out in the country that it would be very different. I’d be driving a car; there wouldn’t be a nice train line that ran nearly all night; and good luck finding Western food at the grocery.

And yet, I love it here. I love the scenery, the people, and even my creaky old apartment. I want to thrive here. By when the opportunity presented itself in the form of a five-day-weekend, a trip to Kyoto to stay with a grad school friend was too glorious to refuse. Kyoto, where the trains go everywhere! Kyoto, where the dialect is mostly comprehensible!

Kyoto, where I have hardcore culture shock!

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