ICYMI: Our first week in Tokyo!

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Japanese Language & Culture

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Jantzn May

Konnichiwa from Japan! Our CIEE study abroad journey to Tokyo has been nothing short of exhilarating. From ancient temples to modern museums, we've immersed ourselves in the rich tapestry of Japanese culture and innovation.

In Asakusa, Global Navigators donned traditional Yukatas and walked through Kaminarimon down Nakamise-dori, the long shopping street leading up to Senso-ji temple and the towering pagoda.

Safety is paramount in Japan, and our interactive disaster safety training at the Honjo Life Safety Learning Center was eye-opening. From earthquake simulations to fire safety drills, we learned invaluable skills that locals practice diligently. The commitment to preparedness was palpable, reinforcing Japan's reputation for resilience and community spirit.

In Yokohama, students delved into the quirky world of instant noodles at the Cup Noodle Museum. Here, we not only discovered the history of this global culinary icon but also got hands-on with creating our personalized noodle cups. It was a delightful blend of culinary creativity and cultural insight, showcasing Japan's knack for turning everyday items into artful experiences.

Navigating Tokyo wouldn't be complete without a ride on the iconic Yamanote Line, a giant loop around the center of the city. Our stamp rally adventure took us on a whirlwind tour around the city's major hubs, culminating in a visit to Hachiko in Shibuya. Collecting stamps at each station became a thrilling quest, celebrating each station’s unique identity.

Our first week is over but our study abroad adventure continues. Stay tuned as we uncover more of Japan's cultural treasures and expand our horizons. Arigatou gozaimasu, Tokyo! for an unforgettable week of learning and exploration!