I've been anxiously waiting to hear back from the graduate writing program that I applied to, though my hopes have been diminished since I heard back from the theater arts program (at the same school) already. I got a rather flowery, albeit touching, email from the director of the program that went out to everyone not on the shortlist. That was the morning of Feb. 20th (already a day into my trip in mainland Japan). I can't stop thinking about how wonderful Kansai was, and how happy I felt there. I sometimes wonder if I wouldn't have been happier if I'd just moved directly to Osaka or Kyoto, instead of going on JET. I love Okinawa, but it has taken me a long time to get situated and to be OK with the energy and slow pace here.
Anyways, I'll post a more detailed trip log this week. In the meantime, here's an awesome photo I took at the Umeda Sky Building in Osaka.