However, I can say some interesting things have happened to me after the week of Golden Week. While none of it is particularly as exciting as going to Tokyo, I think it is still worth mentioning.
A local event I attended was featured in the school newspaper: http://lovito.web.fc2.com/
Every Friday during the school year, a few local women and students gather to enjoy conversation (in Japanese) and eat snacks. They also sponsor various small events, and this past month I just happened to get featured while there. Apparently, people REALLY love USA-style cookies. I do not know why, but they think they are the most amazing things ever... which is strange since you can make your own fairly cheap or buy them at the grocery store.
Sadly I have no pictures from that day, but I do have the following week's photos when we made chocolate covered pretzels. They also thought that was pretty amazing:
The second interesting thing that happened is that I was invited to my Professor's home with the other students in my class for a party. He had also invited some other students from another class he holds, so I was excited to meet some new people.
I think it is a rare opportunity to be able to talk to your Professors outside of the academic life, but when you are able to, usually teachers have pretty incredible lives.
Finally, before the weather started into rainy season, I went with to a few parks to look at the flowers. Especially hydrangea and dahlias are nice this time of year, but unfortunately I was a little too early to see the hydrangeas at their best.