I took this picture with my phone while I was hiding my camera in my purse and pretending that I was playing with my phone. I imagined several positions I could use to take this picture, and I was watching out if there was anyone glancing at me or not. I felt I was [...]
Something that everyone should do when they come to Japan is go to the maid and butler cafes. THEY ARE A MUST. These two cafes serve the same purpose, to serve the customers, but the characteristics are totally different! Aya, Cody, Yayi, and I went to the At Home Maid Café in Akihabara and [...]
Today we crossed the “Bridge of Tears” into San’ya. So as aforementioned, there was a book written by Edward Fowler called San’ya Blues, which “offers the reader a look into the laboring life of Tokyo…an area that is ‘physically and psychologically segregated from the rest of Tokyo’” (Cabrera)(Fowler 16). Truthfully, I did not even know [...]
When I signed up for this trip I did not know what I was getting into. I knew next to nothing about Japan, its language, its people, its food, or its culture. All I knew was that I love to travel to new places and experience new things and this seemed like a great way [...]
When I was walking around Ginza this afternoon, it was hard to believe that I was in Sanya this morning – they are completely different. Sanya is a working-class neighborhood, whereas Ginza is a ritzy, nice shopping district. It was such a shocking contrast.
In Ginza, a group of us went into a [...]
I started practicing baseball since high school and I was a first baseman. I quite playing baseball because my eyesight was not good anymore and I refused to wear contacts very often. I knew that Japan has the best baseball league in Asia and I always want to go and watch a game. The dream [...]
Before sunrise each morning, business is already being conducted in San’ya. The daily job auction determines who will work, and who will go hungry over the next 24 hours. One of the members of our group wanted to go to the auction, but since it starts at 5AM, it was hard to muster enough [...]
Before we came to Japan, we read a novel called San’ya Blues by Edward Fowler that told stories of people who lived, worked, and helped people in Sanya. Fowler actually lived in Sanya for a prolonged period of time and had the opportunity to talk with people in Sanya. In my mind, his stories and [...]
Today we visited Sanya and also its NPO. Although we did a 250 pages reading before departuring to Japan about Sanya, it is still exciting to see when the imagination confronted with reality. Well, it wasn’t that bad compared to my imagination.
We went down from the station and the “district” Sanya was not far [...]
Coming to Japan for a second time was absolutely amazing because I was able to focus my attention on Japanese culture, cuisine, and customs along with learning the cities instead of experiencing the initial shock of an Asian country. I knew what to expect and was able to make the most out of my [...]