All posts by ItsMatthewMckinney

B

Bull Meets World #1 (Living in Akita Pt. 10)

Fairly soon after I arrived in Akita I had the chance to visit a local shrine near Akita International University. I went with some of my friends from the school, and the opportunity helped me get closer to many of them. One of the people who I went with, and whose since become my best ...

A

Akita Sushi (Living in Akita, Pt. 10)

I recently had another opportunity to explore around Akita, and was again pleasantly surprised. We started by going shopping around second hand stores; in Japan, there's a company called Hardoff which operates stores similar to goodwill, with donated secondhand goods (many of which were still unopened) for lower prices. Although I didn’t buy much there, ...

G

Globalized Life (Living in Akita Pt.9)

In a world where globalization is quickly and constantly snaking its grasp around the planet, it can be easy to forget what country you’re in; in a school whose demographics are on par with America’s diversity as a country, where classes are taught in English, where technology is balancing the average alongside America, with both ...

H

Health Abroad (Living in Akita, Pt.4)

I just got out of what was not the best week of my study abroad so far; not because of any lack of opportunities for me to engage in the topics I’ve brought up thus far- the cultural and countryside living activities- but because I was wholly unprepared for it. Japan is often- from my ...

C

Cultural Differences (Living in Akita Pt. 8)

Recently, I’ve been working on a paper for a class on Sociolinguistics pertaining to intercultural ideas of politeness and cultural norms, and it got me thinking about the subtle differences between cultures that don’t always come up. Having been in Japan for over two months now, I’ve had plenty of time to adjust to many ...