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Last Day in Shinjuku, First Day of Work

Today was quite the full day. It was the very first day we began our research at Hitachi Construction Machinery Headquarters. Although I did not take any photos, there was definitely important things to say. I felt a little nervous because I was not quite sure what to expect, but it was totally different from […]

Diverse Tokyo!

Wow! What a packed day full of adventures! We started off the day at Meiji Shrine. It is an absolutely beautiful place hidden behind many lush green trees in Harajuku. Although it is in the city, the trees block out the noise, so it was very quiet and peaceful. The serene scenery was great, and […]


Hello Japan! I don’t even know what I should say when I’m feeling so excited. It is unbelievable to be here in Tokyo right now. Japan’s giving me a lot of first experiences. It is the first foreign country I have ever been to. On the plane ride here, it was my first time on […]

The End of the End

September 13th After class on Monday, the group took a bus tour of Japan, where a few things really stuck out to me. First of all, the traffic actually wasn’t that bad. I feel like I’ve had worse times driving on I-55 near Chicago than our bus driver had in downtown Tokyo. Granted, it was […]

The Beginning of the End

Sorry for the delay! But here’s my first collection of Tokyo posts. In Tokyo, we stayed at the Olympic Youth Center, where the athletes stayed for the 1964 Tokyo Olympics…It was an awesome central location in Tokyo, right next to Yoyogi Park and about a half mile from a subway stop. It was also affordable…About […]


We’ve been in the worlds largest city for about 9 days now.  Tokyo is such an overwhelming place there is so much to do and with classes and homework it just does not seem like there is enough time to see everything.  I’ve mostly seen Shibuya and I have also been to Shinjuku a couple […]

Sushi- Finally!

Greetings once again from the Tokyo airport! Yesterday was pleasant, but exhausting.  I woke up fairly early in the morning to go back to the temple that I visited on my first day here.  I figured since it was where I started my Thailand adventure, it would make sense for me to come full circle […]

Hello, Tokyo!

HI!  I’m writing to you from the Tokyo Narita International Airport!  Here’s what I’ve been up to the last 24 hours: After watching the fireworks at Kirkwood with friends and family, I headed home for about 3 hours of sleep before being awoken at 3:10am by my mother saying “Katrina, time to go to Singapore!”  […]