Thursday, May 1, 2008
this blog is a tiny timemachine.
i spent a ridiculous and amazing chunk of time in Tokyo from September 2007 'til February 2008. i went to Sophia University in Tokyo's Chiyoda Ward and stayed with a hostfamily in Kawasaki. now i'm here to tell you all about it.
why didn't this blog begin eight months ago? i have a hard time balancing living and observing. i observe enough to report on later in my university major of journalism. the time i spend behind a notepad or behind a camera is time spent in the third person. i chose to live in the first person, and it benefited me.
so after long days of living and commuting (which i would say is the opposite of living in japan), i really did not have time to collect my thoughts onto a journal with any regularity. these memoirs are a bit late, but through saved trinkets (i am always the packrat for receipts, documents, and the like), letters to friends contemporary with the time, and a memory which is pretty great, i hope to recreate a deal of my trip for your enjoyment, and for my sake!
this may be a chronological nightmare, but no worries. i'll write about the different things that happened during my months there, all about the different neighborhoods of tokyo and other japanese cities i visited, about specific things of interest, and about things i learnt and people i met!
here's a quick brainstorm of what i'm planning on writing about.
•my decision to go to japan
•trials of applying and scholarships
•acceptances and orientations
•traveling to japan!
•first commute home from the airport
•my host family!
•living in Kawasaki
•all about Sophia University
•on exchange students
•on japanese students
•the commute :C
•education in japan
•culture of trains
•WHAT I LOVE ABOUT CONCRETE (&plastic)
•quitting time music
•outdoor music in general
•interesting vehicles (feat. the yaki imo man)
•sweets, the non-existence of
•cigarettes in japan
•pink lights on escalators?! amazing.
•on working, and drinking, and drinking more
•culture of drinking; reefer madness
•television variety shows
•exaggerated reations (AH SUGOI!!)
•what i learned in anthropology class
•on the japanese language, why we love it
•i got a denshi-jisho (&so do you)
•the bay, the beautiful bay
•showa kinen kooen
•our begi shokudo (vegan café)
•the awkward and rewarding onsen
•an orderly protest (sans riot)
•namco namja town
•missing your shuuden
•don't forget your omiyage
i'll touch on these and more! photos, but of course. i swear it will be interesting.
see you soon.