From July 3 to August 17, 2002, I participated in the Summer Courses in
Japanese program offered through International Christian University (ICU) in
Mitaka-shi, Tokyo Prefecture, Japan. I stayed with a Japanese family in
Suginami-ku and commuted to campus every day. These are my experiences, my
opinions, my records, and my advice.
Each of these articles represents my experiences on a
particular day. Most are between 700 and 1500 words in length.
- July 3: Arrive in Tokyo, meet host family, move in
- July 4: Independence Day, register for classes, continue
- July 5: Placement test
- July 6: First trip to Akihabara
- July 8: Classes begin
- July 11: Typhoon 6 hits Tokyo; Younger brother David (in New York) turns 14
- July 13: Second trip to Akihabara
- July 14: First earthquake ever experienced
- July 16: Typhoon 7 grazes Tokyo
- July 17: Older brother Nori (in Japan) returns to Tokyo for a vacation
- July 20: Umi no Hi (Ocean
Day); trip to Kichijoji; Japan's secondary schools start summer vacation
- July 22: Trip to Odaiba with older brother Kei and his friend Shell
- July 27: Sumida River Fireworks Festival
- July 28: First trip to Shibuya
- August 1: Midterm exam
- August 2: Class trip to Harajuku, Greater
Tokyo Festival 2002
- August 3: ICU trip to Asakusa, Senso-ji temple;
Trip to Todakoen Festival with Shell and nine other friends of hers
- August 4: Trip to Shibuya, Koto-ku, and Hibiya
-- and the Godzilla statue located in Hibiya
- August 6: 57th anniversary of the atomic bomb
being dropped on Hiroshima
- August 12: Meeting a friend's father's friend
- August 14: In-class presentation
- August 16: Last day of classes
- August 17: The flight home, which took zero
time after accounting for the time zone difference
- About me - a more detailed biography
and more information about myself.
- My resume - where I work, and where
I have worked in the past.
- Pictures - lots of them.
- News Archive - aka "Weill Aspects." A
collection of all articles which have appeared on this site since
- Livestat - a Perl-based
statistics package geared towards academic competition tournaments.
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