Life In Japan | Making The Most Of Last College Festival

Humans, not places, make memories.
― Ama Ata Aidoo

I couldn’t believe that 3 years have passed since I first entered college. It still feels like yesterday when I’m still in my freshman year, trying my hardest to survive studying the Japanese language in a university at a countryside which I didn’t want to go to in the first place. I mean hello! I’ve just finally managed to feel at home in Tokyo and now, I’ve to move to the place that I have never heard of.

#NeverHeardOfHimejiBefore #IBetYouGuysKnowNothingAboutHimejiToo #Sad #WhyHimejIsNotAsPopularAsKyotoOrOsaka

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But, as time flies, so does my heart, and I can say that now, Himeji is truly my second home. A place where I would feel at ease and comfortably live. With only 5 months left before the graduation ceremony in March, I’m desperate to create a lot of beautiful memories before leaving here for good. And what else would be a great thing to do than joining the once a year college festival to make an unforgettable memento to look at in the future.

Our college festival was held last weekend and this year, my friends and I decided to sell a Malaysian food called kaya balls. It looked like Takoyaki, except that instead of octopus, the filling is sweet creamy Kaya jam (according to Google: Kaya is coconut egg jam in English). I’m not sure whether other countries have the culture to held college/school’s festival but in Japan, after summer break ended and new semester kicks in, the college festival would be held between October and November. The festival is open for everyone and usually, celebrities would be invited to perform. #IThinkSouthKoreaHasCollegeFestivalsToo


With the help of staffs at 交流センター, we used a lot of colourful paper boards to make our little tent’s decoration. Oh, and before I forgot, our shop’s name is Malaysia Boleh!. #ICanFeelThePatriotism #ProudToBeMalaysian


Unfortunately, on the day of the college festival, the weather was not on our side. The sky looks gloomy and the next day, it rains so not a lot of people comes compared to the previous college festivals. BUT, all of our food managed to sold out before 4 p.m. #Alhamdulillah

Anyway, here’s why I love participating in college festival:

  • A great place to get closer with the locals.
    You know how the Japanese are one of the shyest people in the world. They wouldn’t try to start a conversation with you even though they’re curious and dying want to know more about you (well, the stares means something right?). Especially, when foreigners like me who is donning a colourful hijab and exotic traditional clothes that they’ve never seen before. That’s why college festival is great. The Japanese would found it easier to make a little talk with us when we try to sell them our Kaya ball because they know we can communicate with them using the Japanese language. college festival
  • A rare opportunity to introduce more about Malaysia to the Japanese. Our clothes, our food, what languages we used. A lot can be talked about.
  • Earning money. I could earn money while having fun doing something together with my friends. #ThisKindOfLifeIsGood #LifeGoals

So, that’s my experience in joining college festival in Japan. Do you guys have any memories participating in something similar in the past? Tell me your story in the comments 😀 



  1. I love how Japan always have this school/college festival. I hope I can join one someday! Good choice seeling kaya ball. You gave them sort of comparison to their version of takoyaki.

    1. 😊😊😊

      I love the festivals too but my uni is small so ours are not so grand compared to unis like Osaka University or Tokyo University.

  2. wahhhh… bestnya tengok kak rasya participate in college event.. the last event i was involve was the food fest my batch need to be participate because it is one of our last project and assignment XD btw, goodluck too in the future 😀 and for you graduation in march.. mine has already done… it makes me wanna go and study abroad 🙂 and thanks for all the moral support you always give me.. now, i’m at the age of entering the real world and see how reality really works.. just like you said..good friends are hard to find, but when we meet people like that, they are a keeper, right? really loves all of your writing 🙂

  3. Hi Rasya! I’m so glad I found your blog — I love reading about people documenting their travel experiences, especially for Japan because ❤️😄!!! Japan is so beautiful and has such a unique culture. I’ve traveled to Japan several times before, and in one of those trips I found myself in this little rural village that had a local festival going on. There were dance performances from school students, delicious snack stalls, and so many unique things that can only be found in a Japanese festival — and the thing that made it really memorable was the fact that I seemed to be the only foreigner there. 😊 I wished I knew how to speak Japanese back then, because as you mentioned in your post, one of the loveliest things about traveling is being able to share your culture with people. I’m half-Cantonese and half-Caucasian, and grew up with both the American culture and Cantonese-Chinese culture in my home, so it’s very easy for me to start a conversation about culture with someone. 😋 It sounds like you have a similar experience in Japan?

    I enjoyed reading your post! 😄

    1. I’m glad that I found your blog too 😘 I always envy people who parents come from a completely two different culture because their kids can get the best of both worlds by learning more languages and cultures. But there’s must be a downside too, right?
      Aww, you sound like you had a blast in Japan. The best place in Japan is not the city, it’s the countryside. Well, I used to be a really shy and introverted person but after coming here, I changed (still an introvert tho) and began to love starting a conversation with strangers. I want to hear their stories and what they think about my country.

      Thank you for the lovely comment xD

  4. memang #lifegoals sangat nie. menarik la festival macam nie. paling2 bila kat negara orang. mesti banyak benda boleh belajar kan.
    macam sedap pulak kaya balls tu. hehehe

    BV pun rasanya takpernah lagi dengar Himeji tu kat mana di jepun. menarik nie 😀

    1. I feel like this year’s school festival is a bit low-key compared to last year because of the rain. I’d love to read yours!

  5. It kinda makes me recalled Hari Kantin that we usually had during primary school. One of the joys studying abroad, makes all of ’em count!

  6. Wow! The festival looks so amazing, full of funs! I wish I could have that experience, one day. 🙂 Oh! and I don’t even realize kaya in English is egg jam? Okay, that’s my first time heard of that. Nonetheless, your kaya ball looks really delicious and I crave for that now. T_T


  7. This sounds amazing! I really loved your post 🙂 I actually speak Japanese, but I never visited, cause it’s half a world away from where I live (Lithuania). I’ll have to keep reading your posts 🙂

  8. Lol I thought that the first picture was tokayaki but then it turns out to be Kaya ball. Hermm, I do remember joined this kind of festival when I was Form 5 (bukan festival sangat pun, more like jualan sempena pendaftaran pelajar baru keke). But it is a great experience cuz you’ll interact with different kind of people.

  9. Malaysia maybe they have hari kantin perhaps? hahaha

    unfortunately, i don’t have any experience about school festival or college festival. i mean sell something? haha

  10. Rasyaaa good luck on your final study in Japan.
    Btw thats kaya tokoyaki looks so much yummy la.
    OMG I just knew that Japanese is one of the shyest person, great info i knew today (≧▽≦)

  11. bestnya buat festival camni, boleh perkenalkan budaya malaysia. nilah yg untungnya jadi student overseas
    itu kaya ball kee, ingatkan takoyaki xD

    1. Betul-betul. Bukan selalu ada chance nak cakap dengan dorang yang vary from all of ages. selalu jumpa budak yang sama baya je.

  12. Seems like you really had fun. I miss college and all the activities that come with it. We used to have these too! I wish I made the most of my last one just like you did. Have a great day ahead! 🙂

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