みんなの写真はここです。今、創大際の写真をアップロードする!今晩その写真もある。

Everyone’s photos can be found here. I’m uploading SoDaiSai photos now, so expect them tonight.

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I went to Asakusa last week, which is by far my favorite place in Tokyo. More after the bump.

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If you want to see the full walk through campus (images only), go here.  The following post is just a few highlights, with explanations. These walking tours will be a fixture of this site, and you can find any of them by looking for the “Walking Tours” tag.

More after the cut.

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Unfortunately, I don’t have any photographs from my recent escapade to Akihabara, but I do have some nice stories.

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Getting over jet lag when one is halfway around the world is tough, for sure. Especially when the temperature tops 33º  Celsius or higher (92ºF) on a daily basis. I get drenched walking to classes at 8AM in the morning!

Anyway, it is high time I posted some information on my dormitory, and some of the goings-on around here. You’ll be able to see all of my photos here, but I’ll explain the dorm for you with a select few after the cut.

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Signs:

When entering Narita Airport, the English sign says “Welcme to Japan”.. The Japanese printed alongside says something a little different “Welcome home.”

Tokyo Drift:

I’ve never seen Tokyo by car. I’ve always travelled via the subway system, boats, and my feet. Zooming past it in a bus, however, is another story entirely. When playing racing games, there’s always a Tokyo course, flying on multicolored highways stretched above the pavement below and darting between massive highrises with everything lit up like the Fourth of July lights and signs everywhere. I always thought this was an overblown candy-colored futuristic version of the city.

It’s not.

Girls:

I’ve never seen such a large concentration of women, all in blue Sunflower dormitory T-Shirts. They were quick to start handing the new ones out our things (myself, a girl from Korea, and another from Macao)- two futon, sheets, a blanket, our rooms, some coat hangers, and our designated space in the kitchen. They also gave us some starter food so that we could have breakfast in the morning anpan or melonpan (kind of like a Danish, except not anywhere near as sweet or as high-calorie), juice and water, a few packages of instant ramen, and yogurt. They were so high energy, asking many questions. At that point, I hadn’t slept in two and a half days, so as much as I wanted to stay up and talk, I took a quick shower and headed to bed just before 9.

Unlike Cosmos dormitory, there is no tatami room or communal bath, instead this dorm has a konpa room and outdoor, but covered, clothesline on the third floor and a computer lounge on the second. There is WiFi access in the entire building, when I learn how to activate it.

Sunflower dorm is decently close to campus about a good 20 minute walk.

It also seems to have a lot more Japanese students in it. Whereas Cosmos is eight girls to a cluster with each girl having a private bathroom, Sunflower has two floors of bedrooms with showers and kitchen on the first floor, toilets and computers on the second, and the roof on the third. I’m in 218, right next to the stairs.

In September of 2010, I will return to Japan for the third time, and this time for a full year of study.