Kyoto 9.11.16

My Dearest Friend,

Much has happened since last I wrote to you. I have arrived in Kyoto and begun settling into my new home. The dormitory is comfortable and I like living here. Alas, it is also somewhat lonely. I never realized it was possible to live in such a large building and see so few people. Perhaps it is my own fault after having spent my first few days locked in my room studying, but there’s no use pinning blame now. It’s not all bad—I have orientation with others and sometimes join a group going out for a meal. However, I’m not used to solitude. Once classes start, I’m sure I’ll be very glad of this place of respite. I simply wish they’d start sooner.

It’s not fair to spend the whole of my letter complaining. This place is amazing. The city is framed by mountains, and beautiful old houses line the small, winding streets. It’s beautiful. Once the weather is nicer and I have my bearings better I’ll be glad to explore. For now I’m focusing on mapping out my immediate vicinity and repairing my sleep schedule. Luckily, the local convenience stores carry a good selection of fairly cheap food, so I have no shortage of rice balls, box lunches, and even salads. I’m grateful for that.

I’m sorry if this letter wasn’t as joyous as you’d hoped. I’ve only been here a few days and I was a bit preoccupied with my placement test, so I haven’t gotten settled outside my room. But I’m working on it. With any luck, my next letter will finally have some interesting stories of adventures. Thank you for supporting me through this past week. It’s been challenging for both of us, but you’ve been a lot of help. I look forward to hearing from you soon.

Forever Yours,

Kestrel

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