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Packing for my trip to Japan!

Right now, I’m in the middle of packing for my trip to Japan which I’m leaving for on Monday~ It’s hard to pack because I’m only going for ten days and I want to take EVERYTHING with me!

Here’s an explanation as to what I’m doing in Japan and why I’m going since I don’t think I really told anyone… Whoops!

Also this post is going to be long! But since I haven’t really posted this summer, I think you guys deserve it ;P

This trip is called the Tomodachi Inouye Scholars Program. It takes 23 students and 2 professors each from 4 different universities to Japan to bridge relations between the Japanese and the U.S. after what had happened with the tsunami and earthquake. (Here‘s the official site for it).

One of the professors from my school brought this program to my school to have people apply to go. It was really competitive! This was because 130 people applied for the 23 spots!

Since there were so many people applying, we had an application process first and then 50 people were chosen to be interviewed. Out of all those people, they choose the finalists to be able to go on the trip!  And I was one of those people!

I’m so honored that I was one of the people that they chose and I’m super excited to be able to go!

When I’m there, I’ll be traveling to Tokyo and Hiroshima! We’ll be visiting some sites in both places (like temples and museums) and meeting some students from the partner universities: Showa Women’s University and Hiroshima University.

My Main Goals While Traveling

  • Speak in Japanese as much as I can!
    • I’ve studied Japanese for 7 years and my weak point is speaking so I need the practice!
  • Meet as many Japanese students as I can
    • This kind of goes with the speaking part because I need someone to talk with. Out of everyone going on the trip, I’m the only one that can speak Japanese! So I definitely need to find Japanese people to talk with!
  • Go to Harajuku and go to ALL the shops!
    • I’ve been obsessed with Harajuku and Japanese street fashion so this is a definite must do on my list. I was looking at our itinerary though and I saw that some students from Showa Women’s University will be taking us there and I’m so excited that I won’t have to beg anyone to take me!

What I’ll Be Looking For

  • Anything to do with Attack on Titan or Tokyo Ghoul!
    • Especially Tokyo Ghoul right now because it’s my new obsession! I just finished reading what’s been translated so far and it’s sooo good! I definitely recommend it~~
  • Manga in Japanese
  • Any street fashion person I follow so I can take a picture with them!
    • This means: Minori and Elleanor. They’re the only ones I can think of at the moment~

Anyways I think that’s it for this post right now. Maybe I’ll do one or two more before I leave but I’m not sure right now. If not, I’ll be posting a TON when I get back so you can look forward to that! (And I get back on August 7th)

A New Post After a Super Long Time…

My life has been kind of hectic since the end of the school year. A lot has happened to me and I’ve been working a lot of nights at my job, making me so exhausted when I come home and during the day that I can’t bring myself to do anything.

First things first, though, I want to say thank you to all of those who have come across my blog and have taken the time to read it. An even bigger thank you to those who comment and ask me questions. You guys are amazing and help me continue on with this.

Some things that have happened recently is I got all A’s an B’s this semester so I’m super proud of that! Other than that, I have some amazing news!! I’LL BE GOING TO JAPAN THIS SUMMER!

I’m going as a part of the Tomodachi Inouye Scholarship and its at the end of the month! I’m so excited since this is my first time in Japan!

Another thing that’s happened was that my friend and I went to Walker Stalker Con in Boston and I got to meet Steven Yeun and Lauren Cohan!

I started reading a manga called Tokyo Ghoul which is also a new summer anime that just came out. There’s only two episodes out so far.  It’s really good and I love it! I’m liking the manga better though. The anime doesn’t do it justice.

I’m starting a cosplay for Lulu of League of Legends. I’ve bought all the things I need just for the hat so far. I’m hoping to start with that first and go from there.

My username on LoL is laelatwilight if you want to find me!

There’s a whole ton of stuff going on in my life right now but it’s giving me more to write about here so it’s coming up soon!

And please excuse this long, unedited post! It’s really late tonight and I’m watching a pretty bad horror movie that’s distracting me xD