(Perhaps my favorite photo this summer is of kids playing in the river within the precincts of Kamigamo Shrine in Kyoto. If you look closely, the kid at the center of attention is really upset, poor thing. In the background are art school students guarding an installation that was set up in the middle of the river.)

I can hardly believe it’s been more than a month since I’ve had the peace of mind to sit down and write a post for this blog. I’m sorry!

There’s just been so much going on. Yes, I was in Kyoto for a total of maybe two weeks at the end of July and beginning of August, mostly to get away from the mega-metropolis, but there was also a competition in Noh performance in Nagoya (my group even won a prize!), the GRE (yes, plans are taking shape to leave this beautiful country, at least for a little while), and a week with my family in Germany before going to a conference on Japanese studies in Tallinn, Estonia, where I made my conference debut giving a paper on a panel about space in Noh.

All in all, it’s been very hectic, and now I’m finally back and have the largest project of all demanding all my attention: my master’s thesis. Hopefully, at the end of the day I’ll find the patience to be able to spend a little more time in front of a computer screen to tell you about my summer adventures. There’s so much to say! Despite all the work that had to get done, I must admit it was one of the best summers on record.

How was your summer? Do tell me, if you have a spare moment!