• Tokyo

    The End of the Road

    And just as abrupt as it began, this is my final blog post for the semester! Let’s talk about one of my favorite days in Japan that occurred just days before I left Japan for the U.S. in late August 2020. Sensoji Temple in Asakusa was one of the first places I visited when I arrived in Japan. It is probably the most famous tourist location in Tokyo, and when I first went there, it was crowded with hundreds of tourists. It was not very comfortable. However, on a day in August, one of my best Japanese friends and I decided to go to the temple while dressed in yukata…

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    Osaka, Kyoto, Hiroshima, and Fuji-san

    In March 2020 I went on a road-trip across Japan. Actually, it was a tour bus trip that my mom and aunt had planned to go on, but since the world got hit with COVID right before they were supposed to leave, they ended up not going. However, I got to go still. I still feel so bad that they couldn’t come with, but I did get to experience a lot of different cities in Japan. Osaka Osaka is Japan’s most famous cities besides Tokyo. It’s busy, but the people are much more kind here than Tokyo. But what do I know, I was only there for like 24 hours.…

  • Bangkok,  Chiang Mai,  Thailand

    Thailand 2: Electric Boogaloo

    Welcome back to my adventures in Thailand. Thailand also has the most beautiful sightseeing locations. The Grand Palace was one of the most beautiful places I’d ever seen, with golden buildings adorned with jewels and incredible details. One of the most magical moments was inside the Grand Palace at the Temple of the Emerald Buddha, where we took a moment to sit and reflect on the spiritual experience in the middle of the intense heat. Thailand still retains much of its original culture and has many Buddhist temples. We were enjoying Bangkok a bunch, but we decided to go explore some more of Thailand. I desperately wanted to go to…

  • Bangkok,  Thailand

    One Week in Bangkok

    And finally, now for something completely different. In February 2020, right when Coronavirus was becoming a thing, I took a trip with my boyfriend and a few friends to Thailand. We almost canceled the trip, but I am incredibly glad we didn’t. One of the main reasons we decided to go is because we have a friend that we could stay with who lived in the heart of Bangkok and could help guide us. Upon arriving in Bangkok, we got scammed of course! But honestly, it wasn’t a scam in my opinion. It’s just that we took a taxi from the airport to our AirBnB that cost $30—but split by…

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    Let’s Go to the Beach!

    Growing up around farmlands and forests, I’ve always had a fascination for the ocean and beaches in general. Thankfully, Tokyo is very close to the coast and there are some nice beaches not too far away! When summer came in Japan, we decided to go on two beach trips. The first one was down by Enoshima in July in the rainy season, which lead to downpours and grey skies. Still, the water was warm and it was fun! The next was in August on a beautiful summer day in Kamakura. The water was so perfect and blue. But, I was the first to be stung by jellyfish! At first, I…

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    A Day at the Sento

    One of my most favorite things to do in Japan was go to the sento. Some may find it very odd, but I found it uniquely Japanese and loved it! But first, what is a sento? A sento is basically a bathhouse. You might think of those ancient Roman baths where people gathered and bathed together, and that is sort of what it is. What makes it “weird” is that you must be completely naked with a bunch of strangers. The baths are separated by gender, but still, it might feel awkward at first. But eventually you’ll become comfortable enough. Thinking back, I’ve bathed with probably a few hundred old…

  • Japan

    Entertainment: Arcades, Karaoke, and more

    Japan is not lacking in entertainment whatsoever. Here is some activities that I enjoyed during my time there! Karaoke It’s so typically Japanese to go to karaoke. The rooms are private, so you can go with a bunch of friends and drunkenly belt out all the classics and order tons of food. I loved going to karaoke with many people, but after inviting 10+ people that order food and drinks willy-nilly and make the bill cost over $300, I now prefer to keep the group small or just go by myself. It’s relaxing to just sing by yourself, trust me! I can sing Limp Bizkit and John Denver in peace.…

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    A Week in Fukuoka: The Homestay Experience

    For winter break in 2019, I really wanted to travel somewhere. My boyfriend suggested that I should come with him to his hometown of Fukuoka in southern Japan. It was a surprise to his parents, because he asked permission for a friend to come stay—but it ended up being me, a foreign girl! The shock! But with this trip, I got to experience everyday life with a regular Japanese family. It was a week-long homestay experience, basically. With present in hand on Christmas Eve, we flew down to Fukuoka. But I knew they already outdid me with the presents, even though I was the one being cared for in their…

  • Tokyo

    Tokyo Eats

    I think that Japan got me to expand my taste palette quite a bit. Today, I have decided to recognize some of my favorite foods and where to go eat them. Dessert: My favorite Japanese dessert is taiyaki! It’s a fish-shaped pastry filled with usually red-bean paste. Ogura-an near Kyodo Station is famous for the various different flavor specials they have daily, but I recommend the classic red-bean paste filling. They’re also so friendly there! Sushi: Of course, there are many high-quality sushi restaurants around Japan. However, I recommend the chain conveyor-belt restaurant Kura Sushi to anyone. Sure, the sushi isn’t top tier but it is so cheap (about a…

  • 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…