The Art of Valentine’s Day Chocolate

​In America, Valentine’s Day is something couples eagerly celebrate. There’s always some nice, intimate dinner involved, sometimes there’s the exchanging of gifts and/or giving of flowers. When thinking about it, traditionally it’s the guy giving the chocolates or flowers to their significant other? In Japan, this is a little different in the sense that it’s reversed.

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Korean BBQ

There comes a point after living in a foreign country for so long that things stop seeming as scary as they once may have been. That’s exactly what happened with navigating the Tokyo metro. I know the way to and from the university like the back of my hand, and the same can be said for finding my way to Asakusa. Once you learn the trick of the trade, everything falls into place, even if all the words are in a foreign language that you still have trouble pronouncing more often than not.

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Yokohama

Yokohama. It’s a place one often hears about when discussion of Japan starts. The city is best known for its Red Brick Warehouse and Minatomirai area, which holds tons of food and entertainment. There’s also the minor fact that it’s where the Pikachu Outbreak happens every year. Unfortunately for me, there was no outbreak going on the day I went there, but I fully intend ongoing back in August when it takes place, so look forward to that article. I had one reason for my visit, outside of being the American tourist I am, and that was for souvenir shopping, otherwise known as the おみやぎ(Omiyagi) in Japanese.

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こんにちわ From Japan

Moving to a new country is a daunting task. It can be overwhelming, terrifying, and exciting all at one time. Do you have everything you need? Are you mentally prepared for the culture shock? Have you said your goodbyes to everyone? Did you remember to pack those absolutely must-have new pair of socks that you just cannot live without? You did? Cool. Awesome. Great. That means you’re one step closer to starting your new and amazing life abroad. You didn’t? That’s still not a problem because you’re still about to start your new and amazing life abroad. Did you catch that? No? Okay, I’ll say it once more.

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