Study Abroad: Insider Edge!

A brand new mini-course overview of the preparation and planning process for studying abroad is coming soon! Please share with anyone interested in studying abroad!

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Shaping YOU: The Significance of the People in Your Life

Are your friends and associates keeping you from achieving your goals, dreams, and potential?

There is a common saying among many highly successful circles: You are the average of the five people you are around the most. There are of course some variations, as in this article for entrepreneurs which says six people instead of five, but the point is the same. It has been evident for a long time that individuals are significantly influenced by the people around them.


Japan Attraction: Disaster Prevention Park

Useful Japanese words:
Saigai 災害 / さいがい (Disaster)
Jishin 地震 / じしん (Earthquake)
Tsunami 津波  / つなみ (Tidal Wave)
Abunai 危ない / あぶない (Dangerous)
Anzen-sei 安全性 / あんぜんせい (Safety)

Japan is very prone to earthquakes. The Tōkyō Rinkai Kōiki Bōsai Kōen (東京臨海広域防災公園), or Disaster Prevention Park in English, is right on the edge of Tokyo Bay in a district called Odaiba. It is a park dedicated to the education and training of people on the proper preparation and response to common natural disasters in Japan such as earthquakes and tsunamis. The park facility has several educational presentations, displays and programs for visitors to browse.


Japan Culture Corner: Sumo!

Useful Japanese words:
Rikishi 力士 / りきし (Professional Sumo Wrestler)
Gyōji 行司 / ぎょうじ (Sumo Referee)
Yokozuna 横綱 / よこづな (Grand Champion)
Ryōgoku Kokugikan 両国国技館 / りょうごくこくぎかん (Sumo Hall (arena))
Dohyo-iri 土俵入り / どひょういり (Ring-entering Ceremony)

The Ryogoku Kokugikan (Sumo Hall) was buzzing with excitement as spectators entered the building. Some of the locals were wearing their traditional Japanese yukatas to the event, celebrating a traditional Japanese sport. The outside of the building had painted murals of Sumo wrestlers, and the foyer was lined with more murals and inscriptions detailing the history, legends and mythology of Sumo. Fans wandered around the halls, buying food and souvenirs.


Japan Daily Life: Tokyo Densha 東京電車

Useful Japanese words:

Densha / 電車 / でんしゃ (Train)
Basu / バス (Bus)
Eki / 駅 / えき (Station)
Doko / どこ (Where)

Upon arriving in Tokyo, one of the first things I needed to do was figure out the train system and public transportation options. Now that I’ve had a little time to figure things out, I want to share what I’ve learned, so if you ever decide to visit Tokyo, you hopefully won’t be too lost about how to get around.


8 Tips For Long Term Travel

If you’re going to travel to many places or to one place for a long time in one trip, then you need to plan for a lot of things and it’s probably going to mean you need to bring a lot of stuff. In the process of preparing for a year-long Exchange program in Japan, here are some things I have learned about preparing for a long-term trip.