Tag Archives: Tokyo

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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“Drunk on Jin,” or How Not To Date A Japanese Pop Star

“Oh my god! Are you kidding!?? That’s Akanishi Jin!!! He’s a pop star!!!!” My Chinese friend, Jennifer, squealed these words to my French friend, Colette, upon learning that the guy Colette had just met at a night club gave her … Continue reading

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Justine’s 14 Do’s and Don’ts in Tokyo

May 20, 2010 For those of you planning to visit the land of the rising sun here are some tips to keep in mind: (For those of you not planning a visit to Japan, try following these practices at home … Continue reading

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The OIP Advice I Didn’t Take

April 29, 2010 Sophia University, located in one of the nicest areas of downtown Tokyo, has no on-campus housing (most Japanese students live with their parents), making the task of selecting housing for the study-abroad period not a simple one.  … Continue reading

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Where cartoon characters decorate construction sites

April 14, 2010. It was silent as I waited in the Softbank store to pick up my cell phone.  A woman with a tray came over to me and offered me a selection of juices.  I only recognized the orange … Continue reading

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A shrine to honor the dead confuses peace with war, and forgiveness with forgetfulness

This is another blog I composed for the Junior Year Abroad Network: On a rainy afternoon after my Japanese history class, I decided to explore a jinja (shrine) in the neighborhood of the university campus–one known for its imperial grandeur. … Continue reading

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The campus that bans bicycles

I was delighted with my new bike.  Of course, it was not really a ‘new’ bike, since I bought it second hand—but that made it even more special.  I had been in Japan a mere six days and managed to … Continue reading

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