When I leave the heated table (kotatsu) or my heated room and shiver with cold in the rest of the house because it's not or only hardly insulated. Whenever I catch a cold due to that. When I have a look at the bread shelf in the supermarket and only see what would be soft … Continue reading When I long for Germany when I’m in Japan
Bana Alabed's mother. Malala Yousafzai. Philipp Franz von Siebold. Liza Dalby.
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 … Continue reading Promising things that come to naught
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 … Continue reading Things that put me into a thoughtful mood
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 … Continue reading Moments that leave me speechless
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 of Jane Austen. Traditional japanese hairstyles such as ofuku (おふく), yakko shimada (奴島田) or ichôgaeshi (銀杏返し).
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 … Continue reading Things that make me happy
When I want to carefully detach pages from a spiral note pad and they rip doing so because the perforation is not good enough. Especially annoying if the pages are already written on. When I hole-punch a lot of pages, but realize that the hole-punch was wrongly adjusted only in the moment when I want … Continue reading Things that annoy me
Writing a 30-page term paper about the Japanese prehistory and protohistory. Writing a 5-pages synopsis about archaeological dating methods. Translating a list of the pillow book as course assessment. Continuing my part-time job. Planting the seeds for aoshiso and mitsuba and other herbs. Practicing Spanish and swingouts with my boyfriend. Repeating Japanese. Applying for a … Continue reading My to-do list for the semester break
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 … Continue reading What I hope and wish for