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 […]

Curry Party!

The dorm helpers and management hosted a curry party for us last night.  Apparently they spent 5 hours cooking all of this for us.  It was amazing!  There is curry (3 types), rice, tempura (countless vegetables and a fish cake kind), dumplings, and a pasta type dish.Horray for free food!

Okashi: 1

This will be the first post in a series which I will title “Okashi.”  “Okashi” means “snacks” in Japanese.  They have so many different snacks and drinks here that I love and find very interesting that I thought I would share them with you.  Every so often, when I have gathered enough new products, I […]

Zori Making

We spent the last two days after classes learning to make a traditional Japanese shoe.  They are made by hand to be about a centimeter too small for your feet, and are generally worn with kimono.  We made ours using only rope, some foam-like tubing, fabric, our own hands, and a sort of wooden needle […]


The day after the Nihon Buyo event, we got to go see a Kabuki performance.  The journey there was quite an interesting one.  We were in the middle of a typhoon (not a bad one, but a typhoon, nonetheless) which means there was rain and wind.  Luckily, we didn’t get it as badly as we […]

Nihon Buyo

As I said before, I had forgotten my cameras for the Nihon Buyo event, so I apologize that the videos don’t show much of the dances; they’re what I could get.  I’ve learned that people are very unwilling to walk into their rooms and produce a SDcard, flash drive, or anything of that sort with […]

I’m a Bad Tour Guide

Note: There is a quicker way to get to Musashisakai Station than this, but I didn’t know about it when I made this post.  This is the easiest way to get there because you only have to make one turn, but if you are at ICU, ask someone to show you the quicker way and […]

No Culture Shock, Plenty of Cost Shock

Even with the amount of preparation I did, filling out paperwork, doing research, budgeting, and planning, I still managed to underestimate the costs of living abroad in Japan.  It has been a big shock, a little difficult, and quite stressful, but I guess I just need to go back and budget one more time (after […]