Hi!  It’s been a while since last I wrote in English.  I have been so overwhelmingly busy this past several weeks.  It takes triple amount of time writing in one language and translating to another.  I rather write in English from the start, than translating a post written in Japanese.


Did I tell you that I became an art college student?  It’s a distant learning program (is this a correct English term?) consists of self study classes and several face to face sessions.  I joined a textile weaving and dying program.  Conveniently, the college is in Kyoto, where I have moved to.

Today was Day 2 of Beginning Weaving class.  The class is from 9 to 6 for 3 days.  I had half expected the class to finish early, and people go for dinner afterwards or something.  I was so wrong. There is hardly time to take break, not because we are not allowed to take a break, but because there are so much to do and so little time.  I ended up working until 7:30 PM, then going to work from 8 PM (because I have so much work, with Tokuko being on vacation and all). I am truly undeniably exhausted, it’s close to my physical limitation.

How wrong I was, thinking that being an art student is kind of a luxury, only doing what I wanted to do, painting and crafting all day, every day, 365 days a year.  Wrong, wrong, wrong.  It’s so hard to do meticulous tasks all day long, being pressured by time constraints and deadlines, while at the same time, you are expected to be creative and innovative.  I realized that you really have to be tough minded.  Some artistic people are really sensitive and delicate, but art schools are probably not for them.  You’ve got to be tough!

Anyway, yay, have a great weekend!