With only two weeks of school left in this semester, it is easy to forget sometimes that Christmas is in only 19 days! So if you still have a lot of people to check off on your list, stop by Japan House's Pop-Up Holiday Bazaar! Surprise your friends and families with genuine Japanese artifacts (like tea sets and calligraphy scrolls) or handmade nicknacks (like cards and table decor, made by the Japan House interns) this year! Everything is set at prices to sell, you'll never find low prices like these for authentic or Handmade items - just in the nick of time for the holidays!
Place: Japan House 2000 S. Lincoln Avenue, Urana
(Bus: South Silver Vet-Med to Lincoln at St. Mary's )
Early Sales for Tomonokai members ONLY on Friday, December 13, 5:00 to 7:00 pm, with complimentary refreshments!
Open to the public:
Saturday, December 14, 2013
11:00 am to 2:00 pm, with a break for tea ceremonies (reservations required) at 2:00 and 3:00, and then more sales until 5:00 pm
Sunday, December 15, 2013
12:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Monday, December 16, 2013
11:00 am to 5:00 pm
Cash, Check, and Charge will be accepted! If you have any questions you can comment here, facebook, twitter, or even email us at: firstname.lastname@example.org
We look forward to seeing you here, come spread the holiday cheer!
I can’t believe it, it’s the last week before Fall Break! Time sure does fly by fast when you’re preoccupied. My last round of midterms will come to a close this friday, and the start of Finals preparation will begin, but it’s almost impossible for me to be stressed out with the prospect of going back home soon. The idea of spending a week with my family, eating good food (Yes! No dining hall food for a week!), watching my baby nephew walk around, and relaxing before the rush of the last three weeks of school is so much more exciting than going through another mundane school week.
Thanksgiving week is one of my favorite time of the year, with the colour-changing leaves, the copious amount of delicious food, and the quality time with loved ones. It’s a great opportunity to really slow down life and and just enjoy the small things. While the excitement of Halloween and the hustle-and-bustle of the christmas season is fun, I think Thanksgiving is the great break in between. I love baking apple pies, helping my sisters cook, and at the end watching everyone enjoy our dinner with familial love.
Another favorite “holiday” of mine comes right after Thanksgiving - Black Friday. For the past 5 years, I have been celebrating this tradition of waiting in long lines to get the best deals on christmas gifts with my brother-in-law. Sometimes my niece and nephew, or my sister, will join for a little but no one ever stays up from 10 pm Thursday to 6 am Friday besides the two of us. This year though, so many stores are opening early to get more customers in the door faster… and I am not a fan. For one, this means Christmas season is starting a few hours early and cutting the relaxation of Thanksgiving back a few hours. Second, I like having the few hours between dinner and the first store opening to sleep off my food coma, but it seems this year I can’t do that with Walmart opening at 6 pm this year! Lastly, what's the fun in Black Friday if it's not even on Friday? A part of the fun is having to wake up late at night and wait in line on Friday, but that is no longer happening as more and more stores hope to get more people in their stores as soon as possible. I don’t know what I will be doing this Black Friday, but I hope it goes back to starting on Friday next year. If not, there’s always Cyber Monday to do our Christmas Shopping!
I can't believe that it's the beginning of November already! It seems like school only started a few weeks ago, and now we're nearing the end of our last rounds of midterms (YES!). If any of the students are like me, they may be going through what I like to call the november lull. By this point, we have been in school long enough to be stuck in a routine - going to the same classes day after day, the same club meetings every week, the same dorm food every evening. There are little pulses of excitement on the weekend when there is something to do, but sometimes that not even enough to break us out of this rut (or if they're like me, it's too cold to actually want to go out, so staying in has always seem like the better option).
By now, I am just looking forward to finishing the final round of exams, and having a much-needed Fall Break. Although I plan to start my study guides for final exams (Finals start two weeks after break!) and complete all of my applications (internships and study abroad >,<) during the break, it'll be nice to have the time to do them at my own pace - no worries about classes, due dates, or really anything else.
Before then though, there's still three weeks left of November that we have to get through. I am planning to make my weekends fun or productive, keep myself busy, and hope to see these three weeks fly by. I've already gotten this weekend figured out with Thor coming out in theatres. Maybe I'll change it up during the weekdays - take a different path to class perhaps? - in order to break the mundane routine that has set in. Three weeks may seem like a long time for now, but once it comes we won't believe that it's already here, so make the most of it.
So tell me, what will you do for November?
Ahh it's that time of the year again where college students dress up in costumes and go party while children dress up to go trick-or-treating for mountains worth of candy. Today, I didn't see anyone dressed up during class. I remember freshman year, a guy would randomly stand up in the class and shout out some words and rip open his white button down shirt, revealing a Superman shirt underneath. He would then run away like he was on a mission to save the world - or more likely running away from security. That was an enjoyable moment. Everyone dozing off in the lecture woke up, including me. Hehe. This year for Halloween, I am studying at the UGL and trying to get my assignments done. How fun...
On a brighter note, Nick Offerman was visiting this past weekend. The show was fun and I enjoyed his humor and his singing. People who went to his show got a fake moustache to stick on themselves, which was pretty awesome.
He also recently built the azumaya, or covered bench, near the ponds at the Japan House with the help of community volunteers. All of the wood pieces were handmade by the one and only Nick Offerman. I can't wait to go visit the Japan House next week to see the completed project.
For Nick fans and Japan enthusiasts alike, this is a must-see structure!