A Modern Twist on “Open When…” Letters

I love the idea of “Open when…” letters, especially since I’m in a long-distance relationship myself. My boyfriend and I had been dating for 10 months before my study abroad ended and I needed to return to America. He’s Japanese and still in university, while I’m finishing my education soon-ish. We have to be apart…

Bōsō no Mura: Recreation of Edo-Period Village Worth Visiting?

Phew! I’ve been back in America not 10 days and it’s already been a whirlwind of events (and that’s why I haven’t posted in a while). After a 12-hour flight from Narita International Airport to Detroit Metro Airport, I spent two days visiting family, then I was off to move into my new apartment. Since…

Top 10 Things I Miss From Japan

I haven’t been home too long but I’m already thinking of the things I left behind. The food, conveniences, different aspects of daily life, customs, etc. I want to share with you what I’m going to miss the most. Not including people, of course. 10. Vending Machines Everywhere I mean, everywhere. Heck, I wouldn’t be…

The End of My Year Studying in Japan Pt. 2: Final Speech

At the end of the exchange program at Daito Bunka University, all of the students that are leaving that semester are required to give a speech in Japanese. I was terrified to do so, but I gave it my all. The speech is basically a way for all of the students to show off what…

The End of My Year Studying in Japan Pt. 1: Language Improvement

Roughly one year ago I was packing up my things to come to Japan to study Japanese language. Man, I can’t believe it’s over already. It feels like just yesterday that I arrived in my cute little countryside town in Saitama Prefecture, Japan. And yet, now I’m on my way back to America. I want…

All-You-Can-Eat Sweets in Japan

Imagine: a buffet of desserts, all lined-up, ready for the taking. Well, I didn’t have to imagine it, I got to experience it. My classmate’s friend told her about a place not far from our university that offered all-you-can-eat sweets for really cheap. Of course, we HAD to go check it out. The place was…