Ghibli Museum

Yesterday I went on a trip to the Ghibli Museum, otherwise known as the Hayao Miyazaki Museum.  Hayao Miyazaki is the creator of many Japanese films, popular around the world, including My Neighbor Totoro, Princess Mononoke, Howl’s Moving Castle, Spirited Away, Kiki’s Delivery Service, and so many more.  He is such a talented and amazing […]

A Very Harajuku Birthday to Me!

Yesterday (my Japanese birthday) I went to Harajuku (another fashion district) with some friends.  I wasn’t so focused on documenting it because I just wanted to have fun.  Laura took some pictures, and when I get them I will update this post with them, so if you care to see them, keep checking back. EDIT: […]

Tachikawa Bosaikan

On Wednesday all of the UC exchange students were required to take a trip to Tachikawa Bosaikan, which is a fire station that has a building called the Life Safety Learning Center.  A few guides show you around and you learn all about different possible disasters (notably earthquakes and fires) and how to keep yourself […]

Osawadai Elementary School

Just a short (15 minute) walk from campus there is an elementary school, and I was one of the people who visited it today.  When we first walked in, we saw a bike rack… full of unicycles!?  Two steps into their territory and Japanese children are already proving their superiority over me.  We walked into […]


Touch screen menu/ordering system I went to Shibuya yesterday with Melissa and Eduardo.  It’s essentially the biggest, best, most amazing, drool-worthy, and expensive shopping district ever.  I didn’t take too many pictures, because I was still a little tired from the night before, and I know I’ll be going back sometime.  The shopping areas were […]


Last night was hectic, exhilarating, and exhausting.  People always say getting lost is the best way to explore unknown territory, and while I didn’t exactly get lost, I was on my own more than I ever have been before. During the day, we had class (Friday, woo-hoo!) and then an orientation for UC schools.  After […]