Moments that leave me speechless

When somebody in public transport gets het up about universities and students, rants loudly about the supposedly study-unability of today’s students and about the supposedly inferiority of today’s universities; at that, when that person gives me the impression that he hasn’t seen universities from the inside for decades and that he hasn’t yet once listened…

Promising things that come to naught

New Year’s resolutions. A delicate basil plant that dies on me despite all care. When I come upon a photo of a nicely folded animal in an Origami book, but then look into the instructions and realize that they are highly complicated and stretch out over several pages. When I resolve to finally learn how…

What I hope and wish for

That my aoshiso plants will grow this year. That I’ll receive a scholarship against all odds which would make it possible for me to go to my preferred university in Japan for a stay abroad. That I’ll meet my host family again this year and get to know their new dog. That my master’s thesis…

Things that put me into a thoughtful mood

Trump in America. Abe in Japan. Hoecke and Petry in Germany. Wilders in the Netherlands. Le Pen in France. Johnson in Great Britain. Erdogan in Turkey. Putin in Russia. They are examples for representatives of political developments that give me an unpleasant feeling. The twitter posts of Bana Alabed and her mother. The feasibility of…

Things that I would like to try out

Bungee jumping, hang-gliding and whitewater-kajaking. To put on a saree, a dirndl and a Kimono with twelve layers (jûnihitoe). Also, regency dresses similar to those which were common at the time when Jane Austen lived. Traditional japanese hairstyles such as ofuku (おふく), yakko shimada (奴島田) or ichôgaeshi (銀杏返し).

Things that make me happy

To look at gorgeously patterned silken Kimono, to touch them and to put them on. Generally speaking everything that has got to do with Kimono. When my teacher for classical Japanese who has high standards and demands approves of my attempt of translating a sentence and has no complain of my wording. What sense of…