Study Abroad

Karaoke in Japan

So, if you’re like me, when I was in America we didn’t have Japanese style karaoke places where I live. I always wondered what Karaoke would be like; would I get shy, would it be expensive, what songs would they have, could I drink, what food was available?

I will attempt to share what I have learned in the three months I have lived here regarding karaoke, because it turned out to be a really fun, and great bonding opportunity with friends!

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Overnight Trip to Gifu and Kanazawa Part 2

Took a while to make this post, but from here let’s continue on shall we?

This is a photo heavy post, so get ready!

For this part of the trip, we were headed to Shirakawa-go Village. It is a world cultural heritage site. The wiki can explain in FAR more detail than I can, so definitely check it out! And possibly listen to this video as a narration of the blog post as well.

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Overnight Trip to Gifu and Kanazawa Part 1

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Hey guys! It’s been a long time since I’ve posted and that comes down to two things. One, I had my midterms, and two I was planning for this trip with my class, and knew that it would create lots for me to talk about and share! It takes quite a bit of time to write each post and insert photos, so thank you for being patient.

So, to begin, I’m going to link you guys to Wiki articles about the two areas I travelled to just to give you an idea geographically where they’re located. I currently live in Tokyo, so this was quite a bus ride. First, here are the Gifu and Kanazawa links. To be honest, before we left I thought these locations were a lot closer than they actually are. However the trip was enjoyable and the driver was perfect! We had a very energetic and “Genki” tour guide as well!

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Meeting LadyBeard, Thoughts on 1st Month in Japan

Hey everyone! It’s been a while between posts, so I thought I’d get on here and queue a few up!

Recently I went back to Harajuku to get some clothes that I needed for my stay here. Whilst entering Takeshita Dori street I spotted Lady Beard taking photos with fans and having a camera follow him around. I HAD to take a photo with Lady Beard. After all, I follow him on twitter! 🙂 He was so nice. I wish I could have a drink with him and ask him how and why he does what he does. I bet he’s an interesting person. If you don’t know who Lady Beard is, check him out here: http://www.ladybeard.com/ .

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Moving on, I discuss some thoughts I have about my first month being here in Japan in the video above. Namely, culture shock, other students, living in an international dorm, a little background on myself, and how I can afford to be here. I hope everyone finds it interesting.

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National Diet Building, Imperial Palace, Sensoji Buddhist Temple, and Asakusa Tour

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Get ready for a long post!

Every weekend that I have a culture class trip, I am surprised by what we are shown. As you’ll see from the photographs and video, Asakusa is very much where old meets new. The political hub of Tokyo is right next to an Edo period castle and the Imperial Palace. We weren’t able to go to where the main buildings are, but we saw the gates, and the moat surrounding the vast area housing the Imperial Palace. As it is said in the video, there used to be two large moats surrounding this castle, but the one furthest from the center was filled in. As you can see, I was pretty psyched to see all of this up close, as was the group! If you go to my host university, you can earn credit by attending the lecture beforehand, and writing a paper on your experience in English.

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