Japan

Takarazuka! 🎋

In my last post I mentioned that I received my acceptance email from the university I’ll be attending in Japan, but what I didn’t mention is that I also know where I’ll be living! In fact, I even have the address. 😏

It’s really exciting and makes the whole thing more real to know that somewhere in Japan there’s a room just for me, and starting September 8th it’ll be mine for roughly 11 months! I don’t yet know what the dorm room will look like, but here is information I do know…

It’s located in Takarazuka, Hyogo, Japan! 🌱

This means I’m only about 35 minutes from the heart of Osaka. 😍 Osaka is full of so much from food to sights to museums to parks… I could go on. It also means I’m fairly close to Kansai International Airport, so if I need to do any airplane traveling I’m not insanely far from where I need to go.

I’m also fairly close to school (~25 minutes), so my morning (and evening) commutes won’t be too difficult, and I can probably spend them reading ahead for classes, getting in touch with people back home, or just enjoying a good book on the train. Whatever I choose, I’m so excited.

It’s super new ✨

This is actually the best part in my opinion! It was recently finished for students in September 2016, so it’s totally renovated and hasn’t had time to “age” quite yet. It’s also the closest dormitory to the school (for international students)! 😌 It’s apartment style living, so there’s one unit with four rooms, and the four of us in the unit will all have our own rooms. We will have to share a bathroom, but I’m not too worried about that part at all.

I’ll live with other international students 🌎

From what I understand, the girls are usually on the top floor and the guys get the bottom floor (thank God because they’re probably too damn loud), so I’ll be surrounded by people from all different cultures! Some will be American, but since my university is accepting around 200 international students this semester, I’m expecting quite a few non-Americans to be mixed in as well.

Originally I wanted to live in the Japanese dorm, but after getting over my initial bummer over not being placed with them, I realized I’m happy to be in the international dorm. I think my experience will be even more fulfilling if I get to know non-Japanese students too, and I’ll have friends from all over the world when the year is finished. 💙

I’m only about one hour from Kyoto 🚝

I’m really thankful for this because it’ll be perfect for a day trip every so often. Kyoto is another place just full of so much to do and so much culture, and I can’t wait to take trips there with friends and enjoy what Kyoto has to offer. I know there’s a lot of shopping, interesting shrines, and fun bars to visit. 🍧 I just get so excited thinking about all of the possibilities that will come with travel! So Kyoto is definitely somewhere I’ll be visiting once I’m all settled in.


There isn’t too much happening between now and the time I leave, except for maybe more information pouring in from my program advisors as the next 70 (!!!!!) days pass. I’ll have to get my visa taken care of some time in July/early August, so that’ll be a debacle. It may require traveling to San Francisco, but I’m really hoping that it’s possible to do it all remotely because I don’t have the energy or time to travel to San Fran. 🙄

Anyway, that’s all for now! The journey to Japan continues…

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  • Tara
    2017 July 1 at 4:58 PM

    Woot! The fact that you already have a place set makes things seem more “official”. You nailed a great location 🙂 It’s even better that your daily commute to school won’t take that long. 25 minutes is definitely better than my 1.5 hours one way!

    Yay for the building being new. I love new places because it just feels so much nicer than a super old place that’s falling apart. It sounds like living in an international dorm will be fun! Generally speaking, I find girls to be louder than guys, though, but maybe it’s just me, haha! Though, the shared bathroom part doesn’t appeal to me at all. It’s just me, but I cannot stand sharing bathrooms/toilets with strangers X_X So that part I would not enjoy at all!

    I’m glad you’re near Osaka and Kyoto! Those two places are full of many history and sights to see. I also love the fact that Kyoto was the western “capital” of Japan, so that definitely gives the place an old-time feel. I was only in Kyoto for a few short hours, but I hope to visit there again and stay longer, so I can see all the things I hadn’t seen last time.

  • Cat
    2017 July 4 at 9:33 AM

    That’s exciting that you’ll be studying in Japan! Also very cool that you’ll be near Osaka and Kyoto 🙂 I only spent a day in Osaka, so I don’t know that city as well, but a couple years ago, I stayed in Kyoto for 6 days. I loved it there! I’ve been thinking of going back since there’s more there I want to see.

    That’s nice that your dorm is a brand new building! Being with other international students from other countries seems like it’ll be a good experience too. I hope you make a lot of new friends 🙂

    Good luck with everything!

  • Kya
    2017 July 6 at 6:33 PM

    Congratulations on the email. 😀 It’s brilliant that you know where you will be staying and it sounds like it’s going to be a perfect time. Being around other international students will probably be a good thing because you are all in the same situation and can offer support and encouragement for each other. 😀 It will be September before you know it!

  • Claudine
    2017 July 21 at 10:33 PM

    Wow, your accommodation sounds really good and you’re so lucky that you were placed in a really nice area, and a new building at that! 🙂

    Being with other international students is great and I hope you get to make lots of new friends 🙂 And of course it will be great to explore and go on day trips with them! The more the merrier 🙂