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I'm in Love with Taiko

** This is a re-post from my old blog. **

No, Taiko is unfortunately not the name of some cool and sexy Japanese guy. It’s beautiful, traditional Japanese drumming. 689 more words


My Feature on InterNations

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Here’s an interview I did for InterNations, which is a great site that connects expats from around the world.

Here’s my… 34 more words


Komaba Lodge

By Kamiyu Hijikata

As a new PEAK student, the first thing you will do when you arrive in Tokyo is to settle into your new home for the next two to four years, the University of Tokyo’s Komaba International Lodge. 738 more words

The Beginning of the End: Tokyo T-minus Six Months


Happy New Year!

2014 was a successful one for me: I made some big moves in my career, met more amazing people and improved my Japanese the most out of any year I’ve been here. 344 more words


Rush Hour

Making my way into the station, much too early in the morning, I descend the stairs, the sound of a thousand pairs of feet echoing around me, the thundering hooves of Tokyo’s workforce stampeding toward another day. 278 more words

Life In Tokyo

Phone Zombies

I’m getting increasingly fed up with people paying more attention to their phones than to where they’re going. I just discovered that there is a name for these people: cell phone zombies. 204 more words

Life In Tokyo

Thankful in Tokyo

Since it is Thanksgiving, I, like so many others, think about the things I am thankful for. This list definitely doesn’t include the more obvious things like my health, family, and friends, but the things I am thankful for in Tokyo. 229 more words