Glimpses of life in Tokyo

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Sushi! The two pieces that are most likely unfamiliar for westerners but common options in Japan are ikura gukan (salmon roe) and, behind that, tamagoyaki (fried egg).

Sake, maguro and unagi nigiri - sushi pieces with salmon, tuna and eel at a restaurant in Itabashi.

Sake, maguro and unagi nigiri – sushi pieces with salmon, tuna and eel at a restaurant in Itabashi.

Chef preparing sushi at a restaurant in Itabashi.

Every time I pass by these little guys, I want one. They just make me laugh. A vendor on a street in Itabashi sells them.

Every time I pass by these little guys, I want one. They just make me laugh. A vendor on a street in Itabashi sells them.

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Charms for sale at a shrine we stumbled upon in Itabashi.

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Went with fellow Kitazano girls to this wonderful ramen place after exploring Itabashi and surrounding areas for a bit - it was incredible.

Went with fellow Kitazano girls to this wonderful ramen place after exploring Itabashi and surrounding areas for a bit – so delicious!

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TUJ OSS Student Activities organized an event where students made mochi.

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Even the bears in this city dress better than I do. This was in a store in Shibuya.

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I’ll be honest, I regret that I don’t own this shirt.

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Street performers outside of the Shibuya train station.

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Lanterns beautify the entrance of the Itabashi train station

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In Japan, many people can be seen in public wearing face masks. This is considered the polite thing to do if a person is sick, to prevent them from transmitting germs and diseases to others. This panda is encouraging the practice on the streets of Ontakesan.

In Japan, many people can be seen in public wearing face masks. This is considered the polite thing to do if a person is sick, to prevent them from transmitting germs and diseases to others. This panda is encouraging the practice on the streets of Ontakesan.

Very polite cheese snack

Very polite cheese snack

There is a corner bakery on the way home from the train station and it has delicious giant loaves of bread and an adorable sweet woman for a cashier.

There is a corner bakery on the way home from the train station and it has delicious giant loaves of bread and an adorable sweet woman for a cashier.

Surprise snow storm in Tokyo!

These bunnies sit atop an arch on a main road in Itabashi, and on this day they were bravely weathering a surprising snow storm that hit Tokyo.

I found this snowman when I wandered through Itabashi during the snow.

Morning after snowfall in Tokyo.

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About Christine Boegemann

A recent graduate with a BA from Temple University's Film and Media Arts Program, Christine Boegemann has spent her undergrad years working to foster creative growth everywhere she could find it – in herself and others. Her list of college activities include working in working at Temple's film lab, acting as VP for a student organization that produces its own short films and film festivals, and serving as head of art department for a sketch show called Temple Smash. She has interned at two VFX houses - one in Manhattan, New York and the other in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She also studied abroad in India in the summer of 2012 as a member of the 2012 cohort of the Vira I. Heinz (VIH) Program for Women in Global Leadership. She spent spring 2013, her final semester, studying art and animation in Tokyo, Japan. During her time there, she worked as a photo blogger for Temple Study Abroad. She also worked as a conversation host at an English café in Shibuya. Now back in the US, Christine is currently working as a producer for the feature film, The Youth Washed Up. She is also continuing work on her own independent project rooted in sharing the work and experiences of women she met during her time in India.

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