• Tokyo

    Halloween in Shibuya: Never Again

    One of my bucket-list items was going to the world’s biggest Halloween party: Halloween in Shibuya. It sounds like an amazing time: lots of costumes, lots of street-drinking, lots of people dressed like pikachu… Well, it is all of that, but it is not as good of a time as you think it would be. Imagine the dreaded rush-hour train car packed with people, but then expand that so it is filling the entire road. That was Shibuya on Halloween night. I had to form a conga-line with my friends to try and get to the club across the neighborhood. Of course, that took quite a long time not only…

  • Tokyo

    First Impressions of Japan

    I always told everyone around me that I’d be studying in Tokyo for a year. Even my parents were doubtful until I was waving goodbye to them at the airport (where for the first time, I saw tears in my dad’s eyes)! This was my first time leaving my home country—and I was doing it by myself. After pulling my emotionally unstable self together and arriving first in Taiwan (a whole new world in itself), I flew into Tokyo. Rather, Narita Airport, which sits far outside of the city. I remember seeing the greenness of the grass in the late-summer heat of Japan outside of my plane’s window as we…