(Closed) Has anyone done exchange to Japan?

posted 5 years ago in College
Post # 3
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: December 2012

@BabyCarat:  I was an exchange student my senior year of high school, so I had a bit different experience than you most likely would in college But it will still be amazing!!! If its something that even sounds the least bit interesting I encourage you to do otherwise you may regret it. I had an amazing experience in high school that really helped shape who I am today and opened a lot of doors for me.

 

 

 

As for the Fukushima issue, that really depends on where in Japan the program is…. kansai area and west and such (pretty much anywhere west of tokyo) you will have minimal exposure to the radiation except for when you may eat something that came from Fukushima/tohoku area (make sure you know where your foods come from) . Although it really isn’t as bad as it was 2 years ago there still have been issues with fish that have been caught with some radiation so you would just have to be cautious of where your food is from. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Post # 5
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

I studied abroad in Tokyo for a semester when I was in college, and it was amazing.  Got a job here after I graduated, and have been living here for nearly two years.

If you really want to learn Japanese, this is the best way to do it.  My speaking skills were crap until I got here and had to function in Japanese every day.

Most produce and dairy says where it came from, but it will almost always be in kanji.  So learn to recognize the kanji for the areas your not comfortable with.  I don’t think you’ll have to worry too much if you’re going to be in Kyoto.

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

I wasn’t an exchange student, but I spent five months working near Tokyo. It was an amazing experience, and I highly encourage you to go, especially if you have not spent a lot of time outside of your home country (something I truly think everyone who can should do).  

It definitely puts you out of your element, but Japan is a beautiful and very interesting place (especially Kyoto! I never got to go there, so I’m jealous! Hahaha).  It is such a strange mixture of the old and new right next to each other, and there is just nothing like it in the USA (or UK… or whatever place you happen to be from!). If you are going till July, try to stay to the end of it or beginning of August, so you can buy a cheap yukata and experience a summer festival! They are the most fun things!

Post # 7
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

I lived in Japan for 3 years and I loved it! If you can go you really should try! I’m sure there is a way to avoid the radiation issue! 

Post # 8
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

I wasn’t an exchange student, but I did live in Okinawa for a while.  I never worried about radiation (its the most southern island) and the experience was definitely eye-opening because the culture was SO different than my own.

Depending on your major, this experience could be huge in your future career.  My old roommate studied in China for a semester and now works on Capitol Hill for Chinese relations think tanks.  It literally changed her life.

Post # 9
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

I stronly encourage you to go!! I studied abroad, not in Japan, but in Ghana, West Africa during college. I am soo glad I did. I had such a great experience and I encourage anyone who is thinking about studying abroad to do it, no matter where you choose to go. Living somewhere else for a year will change the way you look at the world and will make you a better and more well rounded person. Definately go!!

Post # 11
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

@BabyCarat:  Golden Week will happen while you’re here, so it would be really easy to hop a train to Tokyo for a long weekend.

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