ICU, Tokyo, Japan

I’m constantly shocked to witness the brutal honesty, politeness, and concern for others in Japanese society. These are but a few examples; One day coming home on a train, I witnessed a group of young tomboyish girls, all with short hair and snap-backs in my train car. The only way I could tell they were…

Ritsumeikan University, Kyoto, Japan

I had known for a while that I wanted to study Japanese at University – and for years eagerly anticipated the time that I’d actually be able to go! Sometimes I have to stop and think…I am here!! I’m one of the first students at UEA to do a year abroad in Japan, and it’s…

Meiji Gakuin, Tokyo, Japan

Doing a language degree, you always know that you are working your way towards your year abroad. It’s always there, hidden and looming in the background, until suddenly you’ve finished your second year exams and you realise you have 7 weeks to sort your life out before you fly away… For all of us doing…