My (Golden) Week in Okinawa

Originally I was planning on doing a day-by-day report of my vacation in Okinawa. Then I realized, no one cares. Not that I’m accusing anyone of being indifferent, but reading about someone else’s vacation isn’t exactly thrilling. So instead, I’m just gonna write about some moments and thoughts I had during the trip, in the hopes that my introspection is…

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Language Learning (and limitations)

A few things: As much as I appreciate living in an immersion environment, trying to speak Japanese 24/7 is exhausting. By the end of the day, I can barely string a sentence together. I feel bad because I try to speak in only Japanese to my host family, and I’m sure that me nodding and replying “Daijoobu” to everything gets…

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Breaking the Comfort Zone

I’m currently writing this from my hostel bed in Naha. It’s tiny, cramped, feels more like a wooden couch, and strange people keep sleeping downstairs. But, I’ve also met the nicest people – the hostel owners, backpackers from France, an Australian military guy – and let’s be real, it’s cheap. This is so far out of my comfort zone it’s…

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Fighting FOMO while abroad

Just yesterday, I spent an amazing day in Japan. I took care of homework, got my ear piercing redone, went to an otter cafe, and generally had a great time wandering around in Shibuya by myself. Eventually I got tired out, and headed back home to relax and watch Youtube in my room. Shortly after I got settled in though,…

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Women’s Work

I wanted to share a little bit from what I’ve learned in a conversation with my host mom. I’m taking a Japanese society class right now, and it’s fascinating. Right now we’re discussing pre-college education, and how teachers guide and assist students. Teachers seem concerned about the child’s home life – if a child starts to act out, the teachers…

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