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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 ...

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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 ...

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Monoligualism in a Multilingual Environment (Living in Akita Pt.7)

Since I’ve come to Japan and began speaking to various non-native English speakers, I’ve thought a lot about the status of English in the linguistic food chain. I think a lot of English speakers, especially in America, consider English to be an international language. Often considered a lingua franca in the modern linguistic climate, the ...

Togetherness in Japan? (Living in Akita pt.6)

Japan never ceases to impress me when it comes to working together to get things done. Since arriving here, I've become increasingly aware that America has an active attitude that once the time for something has passed, its over; “c'est la vie”. I've heard a lot of talk about “shoganai” culture in Japan- the Japanese ...

Part 1: Introduction and First Few Weeks in Japan

The land of wonder that is Japan strikes curiosity in many around the globe, including myself. Ever since I was a child, I have always held a particular interest in Japan and its rich history, which ultimately lead me to pursue a degree in and specialize in Japanese history. I had always dreamed of going ...

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