Half a year in Japan

It's October (10月), meaning summer (夏) is over and it's already been half a year since I moved to Kobe (神戸). Time flies. Then again, it's been a very busy half-year: settling in, starting a new(ish) job, and travelling a lot.

After half a year, Kobe and the Kansai (関西) region are starting to feel like home, even if I don't quite speak Japanese (日本語) yet. At one class per week (週) it's going quite slow, though I'm starting to pick up some random words in sentences, numbers, times/dates etc; so I'm a lot less "lost in translation" than before.

In the meantime, I've made a few new friends, done some exploring of the Kansai region, finally started learning to play the guitar, and have been working on some (probably too many) awesome astronomy projects, ranging in size from large-scale structure via galaxies and star clusters to a single solar system. And currently, I'm organising a big conference to be held here in December: (Modelling and Observing Dense STellar systems. All of this keeps me quite busy!

Since the temperatures are getting a lot nicer, I'm looking forward to using my bike a lot more this autumn (秋) and winter (冬). Also, I'm hoping to see a bit more of Japan (and not only Kansai). At work, there'll be the conference, and hopefully I'll finish a few of the projects that I've been working on. More on those when I'm (almost) ready to submit the papers!