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The Top of Tokyo Sky Tree: Meeting my Pen Pal for the First Time

I don’t know why it almost took me a week to compile and write this post, but it did. I think perhaps because I wanted to take a week to privately cherish this moment for myself before sharing it with the world. I’m glad I did because I think I’ll be able to articulate my feelings a bit better now.

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Meeting LadyBeard, Thoughts on 1st Month in Japan

Hey everyone! It’s been a while between posts, so I thought I’d get on here and queue a few up!

Recently I went back to Harajuku to get some clothes that I needed for my stay here. Whilst entering Takeshita Dori street I spotted Lady Beard taking photos with fans and having a camera follow him around. I HAD to take a photo with Lady Beard. After all, I follow him on twitter! 🙂 He was so nice. I wish I could have a drink with him and ask him how and why he does what he does. I bet he’s an interesting person. If you don’t know who Lady Beard is, check him out here: http://www.ladybeard.com/ .

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Moving on, I discuss some thoughts I have about my first month being here in Japan in the video above. Namely, culture shock, other students, living in an international dorm, a little background on myself, and how I can afford to be here. I hope everyone finds it interesting.

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National Diet Building, Imperial Palace, Sensoji Buddhist Temple, and Asakusa Tour

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Get ready for a long post!

Every weekend that I have a culture class trip, I am surprised by what we are shown. As you’ll see from the photographs and video, Asakusa is very much where old meets new. The political hub of Tokyo is right next to an Edo period castle and the Imperial Palace. We weren’t able to go to where the main buildings are, but we saw the gates, and the moat surrounding the vast area housing the Imperial Palace. As it is said in the video, there used to be two large moats surrounding this castle, but the one furthest from the center was filled in. As you can see, I was pretty psyched to see all of this up close, as was the group! If you go to my host university, you can earn credit by attending the lecture beforehand, and writing a paper on your experience in English.

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Harajuku, Takeshita Dori Street, and Purikura!

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This is the post I’ve been wanting to write my whole life. I know it sounds silly, but that would be my first trip to Harajuku. Remember that album in the 90’s from Gwen Stephani? “Harajuku girls you’ve got some wicked style….”. I was just a wee lass when that had come out, but ever since then, I’ve been curious as to what she was talking about. Saturday October 11, 2014 I found out. Our school took a culture class trip to Harajuku and Takeshita Dori street (sounds like kindergarten, but we are all 19-30 ish). I nearly cried when I saw it. You see photos of it in magazines, and videos of the endless outfits and fashion, seeing it in person however is an entirely different story. I don’t think I put my camera away the entire time we were there. I’m such a girl.

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