An undergraduate student from the USA, I am spending one year studying the language, economics, and cross-cultural communication in Japan. The goal of my blog is to inform and entertain my readers of my adventures in Japan. Because not everyone has visited Japan or fully understands its culture, my blog is written to inform readers who have no previous knowledge of Japan. As an aspiring educator, I also write this blog so its understandable and entertaining to a younger audience who, like myself a decade ago, may be dreaming of someday embarking on their own journey abroad.
About me: I am a 23 years old American undergraduate student from The University of South Dakota. I am on my second study abroad experience, this time in Japan, to gain a better understanding of the culture, language, and business practices of Japan. I'm now attending the Otaru University of Commerce in Otaru, Japan and blogging about my experiences as they unfold. I grew up in a small farming town in rural South Dakota. I think that lent itself to me developing a strong sense of adventure from an early age. My early curiosity of different cultures was filled by reading countless books and hours of Travel Channel television. Soon enough I was an adult and able to make international travel a reality. I began traveling abroad as a college student. I have now visited eight countries but this is the first time I am publicly documenting my experience. Having grown up in a rather remote part of the USA, I find myself constantly fascinated with the cultural differences around me.
Letters from Otaru! As you know from earlier posts, I had a part-time job teaching English while studying in Japan. I tutored at a private, after school English club called Excel English Club. I became quite close with the students and the owner/director, Ryoko. Ryoko began her career as an high school English teacher ... Sun, 07 Aug 2011 05:34:00
Return Visit to Japan I've bought a round-trip ticket to Japan! This time I'll only visit for 2 weeks but it will be amazing nonetheless. I will arrive June 7th and return to the USA on June 17th, 2011. Because I left so abruptly in March in light of the nuclear disaster, I felt the need to visit again.. maybe for some s... Thu, 26 May 2011 05:37:00
Certificate of Completion
I received this awesome certificate from Otaru University of Commerce to commemorate my semester of studies. A big thank you to the international office at OUC for making this certificate and mailing it to me. It is truly a lifetime keepsake.... Sat, 14 May 2011 04:15:00
An Early End It's only March 20th, but I write from South Dakota. If you have the internet or a television with basic, cable, or satellite service, then you know of the heartache that the people of Japan are experiencing. An 8.9 magnitude earthquake struck of the northeast coast of Japan on March 11, 2011. This ... Sun, 20 Mar 2011 23:18:00
Seven Days in Taiwan
"Great Uncle" and "Auntie," my hosts in Taichung City, Taiwan
I was fortunate enough to spend a week in Taiwan from March 8th through the 15th, sightseeing in both Taipei and Taichung City while staying with relatives of my Aunt Lisa. A little background on how I am connected with Great Uncle a... Sat, 19 Mar 2011 22:36:00