Hometown: Saint Joseph, Missouri
Where I am studying abroad: Osaka, Japan
Major: Electrical Engineering
Favorite Foreign Food: Okonomiyaki
Favorite city/site visited: Harajuku and Tokyo
My next trip is going to be: Universal Studios Japan
Advice for future study abroad students: At whatever place you decide to travel to, have fun and do as much as you can in the time that you are given!
At Kansai Gaidai University, I have been taking Japanese and Kanji classes as well as Koto and pop culture classes. Kanji are Japanese symbols used widely in the Japanese language and the Koto is a Japanese harp instrument. One of my favorite things is being in a seminar house with other people from across the world. It has been a new experience for me to be able to talk to them about their cultures and practices. I have been able to widen my perspective because of it.
So far, I have gone to several places in Osaka as well as Tokyo and Hokkaido. In Osaka is Universal Studios Japan which is an amusement park that features a lot of attractions including some from Japanese popular culture. Hokkaido is a cold and snowy island located north of Japan that is a very nice place to visit. While there, I went to the snow festival that had many snow sculptures as well as a vocaloid concert. I had a lot of fun when I went to Tokyo because I got to visit a lot of places I had been wanting to go to for a while.
There are so many different foods in Japan that I had never had before but am now am in love with. Okonomiyaki is what is referred to as Japanese pizza and is usually soba noodles fried with cabbage and okonomiyaki sauce. I have always enjoyed eating sushi and was happy to see that in Japan there are a lot of conveyor belt sushi restaurants. My favorite thing to snack on in Japan is curry senbei which is a kind of rice cracker.
My time here has been a great learning experience and probably the most fun I have ever had. I am grateful to everyone and everything that made it possible for me to come here. In the future I will likely move back here or get a job that allows me to travel so that I can spend more time in Japan.