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First Week in Tokyo, Japan

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I officially have been in Tokyo for a week and I am completely in the honeymoon phase with the city. Japan’s amazing society rules, that the Japanese people follow so diligently and effortless, create convenience to their lives. The Japanese culture value the quality of life; and just for the individual person, but for the community. One of my goals for studying abroad was to grow as a person and collectively with my architecture peers. People say that Tokyo is expensive, but I think the opposite in terms of food and transportation. Here are some aspects of what I found to be different, unique, or special in Tokyo. Future posts will elaborate more on each subject.

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Train Station In the subway stations, people walk alongside the left side clearing the right side for others that are rushing for their bus. It’s inexpensive to travel which makes it the most used method for traveling, along with cycling.

 

Food Tokyo is filled with many convenient stores on each block, mostly 7/11 and Lawson. And you think its the traditional 7/11 back in America? No. Think fresh sushi, rice balls, lunch boxes (that employees can heat up for you.) The prices are cheap and the snacks are delicious, sweet, and wouldn’t deteriorate your body. A typical 7/11 lunch consists of a large drink, fruits, bread, rice ball/sushi/noodles/or sushi, and a snack will round about ($5). Dining out (order a bowl of noodles, rice and chicken, or shellfish, etc.) rounds up to around $6. Dining out can be cheaper then buying groceries.

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Internships There are many opportunities provided for students to receive an internship. I located my own internship by reaching out to my professor that was in Tokyo. I didn’t know the professor when I reached out to him, but he was more then happy to provide instructions and introducing me an office. I wouldn’t have gotten this opportunity if it wasn’t for the professor. The professors at Temple University Japan Campus (TUJ) are passionate about teaching and try to help you in any way that they can.

Long Term Stay I am aware this period known as the “honeymoon phase” (first arrival of studying abroad and falling in love with everything) but I am considering living here after graduation. I can already anticipate conflicts, so I am not blindly in love. Potential issues of long term stay is not much diversity, not being able to help raise my younger sisters at the States, and feeling of loneliness. It’s an ongoing subject that arrises when walking home or when I’m writing and typing about my journey.

IMG_8586Trips/ Traveling For architecture majors at TUJ, there are two classes where the professors work together to plan trips on Saturdays. Luckily, the trips are engaging and astonishing. TUJ themselves offer overnight trips and events during the national and school holidays.

Future posts will be more theme related (i.e food, traveling, culture, architecture, certain trips.)