Author Archives: Kevin Yuan

The Heart of an Adventurer

It has been a while since I last posted, but I finally returned to the United States from Japan exactly two weeks ago today. These eleven months passed by extremely quickly, and I am still in sort of a state … Continue reading

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The Long and Scenic Rail to the Deep North

Over the past month or so, I have spent upwards of 100 hours on trains, buses, and planes, including several 6-7 hour-long train journeys north as part of a series of long-distance rides I took with a friend as we … Continue reading

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Coming of Age in Japan

Last week, I celebrated my 20th birthday in Japan. While that may not sound too special an age to many, it is the age of becoming an adult in Japan, bringing along new responsibilities and rights. As of last week, … Continue reading

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Japan, Holiday Spirit, and Fried Chicken

If there’s one thing I’ve learned just from strolling around, it’s that Japan does holidays well. During the long stretch of time between Halloween and New Year’s Day, store decorations, events, celebrations, and holiday spirit characterize most of Tokyo. On … Continue reading

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The Appeal of School Festivals

There’s nothing quite like a Japanese school festival. Usually accompanied by a short school break, Japanese school festivals consist of up to a full weekend of performances, events, exhibitions, and large crowds, allowing student groups to showcase their talents, raise … Continue reading

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An Adventure for my Taste Buds

It’s been almost a month and a half since I set foot in Japan, and time has felt like it has been flying by. Since classes only started two weeks ago, I have had the opportunity to spend the previous … Continue reading

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Off Towards Tokyo

Two weeks ago, I sat watching the closing ceremony of the Rio Olympic Games, mesmerized by the colorful extravagant performances. Towards the end, the focus turned towards Tokyo – the host of the 2020 Summer Olympics and my home for … Continue reading

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