“This is Japan” is a weekly blog post where I talk a about my life in Japan.
It’s a place where I can share some of the strange, funny, or interesting stories from my week. Sometimes it is a bit personal or random, but I hope you will enjoy learning what it is like to live in Japan.
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I’m going to Thailand! Tomorrow!
Tomorrow morning I will be heading to the airport to board a plane bound for Bangkok and then Chiang Mai. It is not a personal trip though. It is a research/study trip with a few students and professors from my university.
We will stay in Chiang Mai for about 10 days where we will visit Chiang Mai University and meet with and interview a few Hmong and Tai Yai (Shan) women.
As you may know there are many ethnic groups in northern Thailand. They are generally referred to as hill tribe people. Hmong and Tai Yai are two ethnic groups. Hmong people are originally from China, and Tai Yai are from Myanmar.
We will also visit a few cultural centres as well as a monastery for women monks. My group is focusing on women in the markets, so we will visit a few different markets.
There is even a bit of time in our schedule to see one or two temples. And free time in the evenings to explore the markets. So, while even though it is a research trip, and we have to do work, I think it will be kinda sorta fun.
This is also my first international trip since I have started a travel blog
So I will try harder to take photos of things which I might not normally take a photo. I have noticed now, that as I look back through my photos when I want to write a new post, I don’t have photos of things that I would like. Like restaurants, food, signs, or general street life.
Hopefully I will come back with lots of new post ideas and photos to go with them. Fingers crossed I don’t get too shy or awkward to take photos.
In other Japan-related news
I picked up some McDonald’s on my way home from school this evening. Remember when I said Japan always has new and limited time only menu items? Well, at McDonalds right now is a locomoco burger, which I think is a Hawaiian thing.
Today I had a curry locomoco burger. It was a patty, a fried egg, and curry sauce. I can’t recall every eating a curry burger, so I tried it, but to my slight disappointment, it was not as yummy as I’d hoped. It wasn’t terrible by far. I could eat it easily, but I might have preferred a cheese locomoco.
So, I guess that’s it for now, folks.
I am still planning to update my blog with regular posts while I am gone. So you can all look forward to that!
I’m going to Thailand tomorrow!
Have you been Chiang Mai? Let me know in the comment section.