April Showers (and surprises)

For those out there that don’t know, Japan probably has the most advanced bathroom technology in the world. The warm your butt, clean all the hard-to reach areas, and sing while doing so. And the baths? Well that’s what many foreigners say is the best part of living in Japan. You can preheat the bath from a panel in the…

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Little things Part 1.

I haven’t posted on this blog in a few days, and I was feeling guilty about that. I had classes, and just not too many opportunities to visit cool places and take insta-worthy pictures. But my intention with this blog was to keep a running status of my time in Japan, glamorous or not. So I figured I would just…

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A Visit to Meiji Shrine

Today my host family took me to Meiji shrine, a historical Shinto site close to the heart of Tokyo. After spending yesterday in Harajuku, Japan’s urban and hip fashion district, it was refreshing to visit someplace more traditional. Because of its prominence, a lot of Shinto weddings and ceremonies take place at Meiji shrine. I was lucky enough to witness…

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First Days

My friends at Agnes, especially those who had graduated, would talk about the “Agnes bubble.” After spending four years in an inclusive, mostly-female, small, intellectual environment, recent graduates would discover that the rest of the world was not the same.  It’s funny how small our world becomes in college, where the extend of what I consider “my” territory ends at…

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