Welcome to Tokyo: Spring 2014 at TUJ!

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We’ve finally arrived in Tokyo and have settled in! The Spring semester has begun and the city of Tokyo is as beautiful as ever.

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The all-girls Kitazono Dormitory is a lovely place to wake up in, especially because of the fantastic view.

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Another welcome sight is the nearby pastry shop, a convenient and delicious breakfast option on the way to the subway station! They also have amazing quiches.

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After a pleasant walk to the subway station and a quiet train ride, we arrive at campus for our first day of classes.

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The lobby of TUJ’s Azabu Hall is modern and inviting, it was helpful for the transition back into student mode after a long Winter break.

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The Azabu cafeteria has the famous and amazingly convenient Japanese vending machines, offering a perfect hot chocolate or coffee for a mid-class treat. While I’m not used to heated drinks from vending machines like this, I’m already unsure if I’ll be able to live without them.

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Finishing classes for the day, we head to the local ramen joint to get some hard earned noodles.

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Delicious and cheap! Ramen is always a great lunch, we’ll definitely be returning to this convenient spot.

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Still hungry, we traveled back home to Itabashi-ku, the neighborhood of the Kitazono dorm. We stop to pick up a few sticks of yakitori (skewered grilled chicken) for the walk home.

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While the exact parts of the chicken meat that are available are usually a mystery, tastiness is always a guarantee.

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Tokyo streets are a pleasure to walk through. The neighborhood of Itabashi-ku is always safe with unceasing hidden surprises down every alleyway, one of my favorite characteristics of this endless city.

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