Computerless Travels

As you may have seen, I wasn’t able to finish my first post on my journey, and haven’t been able to get online since.  I had planned to use Kim’s laptop to update my blog, but it ran out of battery on our first night, and she doesn’t own an adaptor.  We have been searching […]


My Summertime adventure has officially begun!  Kim, Erin, and I set out to Asakusa today (in the rain… seriously, where did that come from?). Asakusa is a town in the heart of Tokyo and is most known for the Buddhist Sensoji Temple.  When we arrived at our hotel, we were a bit displeased to find that […]


I took an impromptu trip to Odaiba with everyone who is staying in Dialogue House right now.  We started our journey by getting donuts at the station.  Japanese donuts are so much different from American ones that I would barely put them in the same category of food, but they were still yummy.  I got […]

The End of Chapter One

As the Summer Intensive Language Course came to a close, most people left to go back to their home countries, but a few of us are sticking around for the year.  We had a grueling last three days of class, with an in class essay, then a final exam (mine took 3 hours) and then […]


After three years I finally got to hang out with Kana again!  When I was a senior in high school Kana came from Japan to America and lived with me for a very short amount of time, but we have kept in contact ever since, and I consider her a good friend (I have reason […]

Tea Ceremony

The last official cultural program we got to take part in was a tea ceremony.  ICU has an area of the campus specifically designated to tea ceremonies, with two small, traditional buildings.  Unfortunately, one of the two was deemed unsafe for entry after the earthquake, but I am very glad I was able to see […]

Shorinji Kempo

During our last week of cultural programs, I went to a nearby dojo where a Shorinji Kempo class is taught every week.  The whole group of ICU students who went were able to join in on a class and learn the basics.  The dojo was very simple, traditional, and small, and the format of the […]

Addicted to Busy

It is now the fifth day of my official Summer Vacation!  I apologize for not posting anything in so long, but the last week or so of my intensive language course was very busy, causing me to take a few days to sit around in my pajamas and read.  Constantly being busy and then constantly […]

Campus Pictures: Entrance

   All of the trees in the third picture will bloom with sakura (cherry blossoms) in the Springtime.  The fourth and fifth picture are of the main bus stops (there are two bus stop areas: right outside the front entrance, about a 30 second walk from the first two pictures, and the closer one that […]