Japan Takes

In the last two months, I have realized that Japan has taken a lot of things from me, including Mexican food, cheese, good cookies, a car, guilt-free elevator use, and 13 lbs.  A little lesson on cause and effect.

The First Day of School

Generally, the first day of school is when students put on their best outfits, so as to start out the year right.  Well, this year we were forced to change that up a little bit.  I introduce my Junior year first-day-of-school look! Today is ganguro/kogal day number one.  I didn’t get the chance to go […]

This Is The Life

I am really enjoying my time here, settled into Global House.  I have been in Japan for two months so far, and I have enjoyed every moment of it.  But, during the past two months I have felt like I was on vacation.  Don’t get me wrong, I love being on vacation just as much […]

Excuses, excuses

I’ve been busy again.  Still.  Who’dathunk?I know I’ve been back in Tokyo for 4 days and that I owe what I promise is a lot of fun Kyoto and Osaka stories.  For the first two days I was back I was relaxing in a clean room (oh, how I missed you, hygiene!) and having to […]

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 […]