Japanese Fashion

Amy Nguyen Major: Management Rikkyo University, AY 2018-2019 Tokyo street fashion is famous all over the world. You can see images of Japanese fashion on social media, and videos with fashion related content all over the internet. The styles here are all very unique, and some are not afraid to dress outside the box. People…

Holidays and Matsuri in Japan

Jasmine Kraemer Major: Interdisciplinary Health Services and Japanese Keio University, AY 18-19 It’s officially been 3 months here in Japan, and boy does time fly. It may be December now, but it finally feels like Autumn. Even though the Christmas season has started, and Christmas lights everywhere have been put up, the Autumn leaves still…

The Time I Stumbled Upon a Cult

Grace Gettig Major: Global and International Studies & Japanese Daito Bunka University, AY 18-19 Don’t you hate it when you get all excited to go to church, excited to praise The Lord, and you accidentally end up at a doomsday cult meeting instead? I mean, it happens to the best of us. Even me. During…

Japan Starter Kit

Jasmine Kraemer Major: Japanese and Interdisciplinary Health Services Keio University, AY 2018-2019 Starting from scratch in a new country can seem like a daunting task at first with having to do things like getting supplies, being able to use your phone, applying for residency, and setting up insurance among other things. On top of those,…

Expenses and the Cost of Living in Japan

Pamela Gudobba Major: Japanese and Global and International Studies Ritsumeikan University, Academic Year 2018-2019 Before coming to Japan, I had heard that the cost of living in areas such as Tokyo and Kyoto was extremely high. For the most part, I have not found that to be true. While I’m sure the cost of things…

Japanese College Courses: A Primer

Elizabeth Riegler Major: Psychology and Japanese Doshisha University, AY 18-19 As an exchange student, learning is the focus of my trip. As a result, I’m acutely aware of the differences between my classes in America and my classes in Japan. Thanks to my teachers at Western and some online digging of my own, I knew…

American Holidays (and Autumn) in Japan

Elizabeth Riegler Major: Psychology and Japanese Doshisha University, AY 18-19 It’s hard to believe it’s been over 2 months since I arrived in Japan- sometimes it feels like it’s only been a week or so, and sometimes it feels so much longer. I’m all set to experience a traditional Japanese autumn. Autumn is one of…

“I Trust Myself to Handle What Comes”

Grace Gettig Major: Global and International Studies & Japanese Daito Bunka University, AY 18-19 That’s what I have to tell myself everyday. When you have any kind of mental illness, it may be daunting to study abroad to a different country, especially for a whole year. It definitely was for me. I was afraid of…

The Japanese Diet

Amy Nguyen Major: Management Rikkyo University, AY 2018-2019 Japanese people are early birds. Most usually eat breakfast at around 7 or 8 in the morning. Breakfast portions tend to be small, since most Japanese people have to arrive to the train station on time to get to their desired destination. A typical Japanese breakfast consists…

Surprises, Flexibility and More Adventures

Elizabeth Riegler Major: Psychology and Japanese Doshisha University, AY 18-19 The fact of the matter is: no amount of research a prospective traveler does can fully prepare them for a foreign country. For example, I spent hours poring over travel blogs and planning my route from the airport to my dorm. Imagine my shock and…

The Time I Caught a Cold in Japan

Grace Gettig Major: Japanese & Global and International Studies Daito Bunka University, AY 2018-2019 Soooo….. about one month into my study in Japan, I caught a cold. Nothing severe. Headache, sore throat, runny nose. The usual. Now, this may not seem like a big deal, but it can be confusing as to how to care…

Culture Shock in Japan

Amy Nguyen Major: Management Rikkyo University, AY 2018-2019 Despite being Asian, this was the first time that I have ever stepped foot in to an Asian Country. I did not know what to expect. The moment that I stepped out from the airport, my mind was completely blown. My first thought was there’s so many…