Packing for an Entire Year

Pamela Gudobba Major: Japanese and Global and International Studies Ritsumeikan University, Academic Year 2018-2019 I thought that packing for an entire year would be a daunting task. Keeping the weight of my bags in mind, as well as ease of transportation, how was I supposed to pack my life into a few suitcases? I ended…

My Daily Routine in Japan

Amy Nguyen Major: Management Rikkyo University, AY 2018-2019 A typical day for me includes waking up at 7 am and getting ready for school. I am absolutely not an early riser, however my Japanese classes were only offered in the morning. Since I take long to get ready, I tend to skip breakfast and try…

Getting Comfortable with Japanese Cuisine

Amy Nguyen Major: Management Rikkyo University, AY 2018-2019 Now that I am living in a different country, the thing that I was most excited for was the cuisine. Japanese cuisine consists of a diversity of different foods. The most famous Japanese cuisine in the United States is Sushi, Ramen, and Tempura. However, that is only…

Shopping in Japan

Amy Nguyen Major: Management Rikkyo University, AY 2018-2019 From electronics, household items, anime goods, and trendy fashions, Japan has endless amount of items that you can purchase. Throughout Japan, there are different types of shopping districts to explore. From high end department stores in Ginza, high fashion goods in Harajuku, and the largest shopping and…

Comfort Zone

Elizabeth Riegler Major: Psychology and Japanese Doshisha University, AY 18-19 Studying abroad in and of itself involves stepping out of your comfort zone. What could be less comfortable than leaving your familiar daily life, friends, and culture to travel literally across the world? But even in a foreign country, you surround yourself with the familiar….

Tech Trouble in Japan

Pamela Gudobba Major: Japanese and Global and International Studies Ritsumeikan University, Academic Year 2018-2019 Upon arriving to Japan, I had the unfortunate experience of having to replace both my cell phone and my laptop back-to-back. My phone screen short circuited for whatever reason, and my laptop was accidentally pushed off my desk and the screen…

Thriving in Tokyo

Elizabeth Riegler Major: Psychology and Japanese Doshisha University, AY 18-19 Recently, I traveled to Tokyo! I stayed in Shibuya, which is the youth and fashion capital of Tokyo. If you’ve ever seen a photo or news story talking about Japanese fashion, chances are it was either taken in Shibuya or Harajuku, which is just a…

A Little Malaysian Persuasion

Keegan Bogdan Major: University Studies Sunway University As my junior year was coming to an end at Western Michigan University, I met with my advisor Kevin so we could plan out my classes for the upcoming school year. As we were wrapping up our appointment, he informed me about the study abroad program Western has…

Don’t Touch My Throne

Maria Carson Major: Japanese and Geography Nihon University, 2019 Before leaving for Japan, I worked at the study abroad office at Western. For the past year I have heard about the W curve that represents the stages of culture shock when a student is abroad. While I believe that my time working at the office…

The Countdown

Maria Carson Major: Geography Nihon University 7 days to departure: Its the last day of the year and I am finally 21! Birthdays to me have never really been a super huge day for me, turning 1 year older just feels like 1 more day has passed by. This year, my birthday has had a…

Culture Shock in Japan

Amy Nguyen Major: Management Rikkyo University, AY 2018-2019 I don’t even know where to start. Japan is such a unique country. From the history, to traditions, to maid cafes, there’s so much to be talked about. I only got to see a small portion of Japan’s uniqueness on the internet, but being able to witness…

A Quick Trip to Kobe

Pamela Gudobba Major: Japanese and Global and International Studies Ritsumeikan University, Academic Year 2018-2019 Being in an intensive language program, I don’t have a lot of down time. On top of all the homework and club activities, we just had our midterms, so much of my free time has been spent sitting at my desk…