So the Japan trip is wayyyyy too much to possibly write about in a blog entry, so instead, go HERE to see my pictures!
In a nutshell though, Japan was absolutely amazing! The first two weeks we were in Hokkaido mostly (that's the Northernmost island of Japan) with some other vet students, and we went on a tour of Hokkaido University in Sapporo, and Shiretoko nature preserve, Arashiyama Zoo, and various farms in Hokkaido specialising in Wagyu beef cattle. The last week Anik and I were on our own in Kyoto. It was absolutely fantastic. We saw so many temples and shrines, and I feel like that last week was probably the best trip I've been on in my life. Especially because after seeing and studying all this stuff in textbooks at Colby, finally seeing them in person was really spectacular. My favourites were Sanjusangen-do Temple, Kinkaku-ji, and Tenryu-ji. We also went to a monkey park where you can get up close and personal with 'wild' Japanese monkeys. It was very cool!
On a completely different note, a few days after getting back from Japan, Anik and I got a kitten! Her name is Tsuki (which is Japanese for 'Moon'), and she is adorable. Here is a picture of her!
She is just about 9 weeks old, and incredibly friendly and curious, and even after only 2 days she's completely at home in our flat. She purrs like a motor boat, and is very playful! She's so cute!! :)