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Discoveries in Japan

Life in Nagoya, Japan has been nothing short of an adventure. I've never lived in a city before, and while the busy subway and crowded stores are sometimes hard to get used to, for the most part I've found it to be a fantastic experience. Getting around the city is easy and convenient; we explore and shop and try new foods almost every weekend. I discovered a fascination for Takarazuka, Japan's all-female theater, a few weeks ago when I went to see a show in the city where it began. Class has been quite demanding, but also rewarding and occasionally fun. Sometimes simply talking to people can be exhausting, and frustrating when I don’t have the vocabulary to explain what I’m trying to say, but living with an awesome host family who are endlessly patient with me has helped a lot. They’ve also taken me to see places that I wouldn’t’ve been able to go on my own, and have gone out of their way to make me feel comfortable while I’m here. It doesn’t hurt that my host mom is a really good cook, either. Getting used to living in a place that’s so different from either of the towns I’ve lived in before, and doing it on my own, was terrifying at first. But the experience has proven to be more than worth it, and I’ve found the only way to really learn is to throw yourself headfirst into something and see what happens.


--Katie Zolman

Class of 2013