is for kyou, or the Japanese word for Entertainment. If nothing else can be said for life in Japan, it’s that there is always something to do. Whether you are in the city, suburbs, or rural areas two hours from any train station, there is something going on. Festivals, plays, fireworks, street performances, ceremonies, gourmet fairs, flea markets, concerts, theatre productions, and a million other activities fill the pages of every newspaper, magazine, and billboard. In addition to all of that, there are classes for students of every age, and “circles”, or clubs for people of every interest.
When you’re unused to that much activity, it’s easy to experience burnout. My first year in Japan, I did so much, and went to so many places, but it never felt like I was even close to experiencing everything the country had to offer. Five years later and I still feel that way. 2013 was a hard year for me; I experienced significant burnout from all the activities, and finally needed to take some time to recuperate (that year I only took about 900 photos; less than half my normal.) Still, I wouldn’t have it any other way.
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