A Suspicious Researcher

Do something new. Something nobody has done before you, or at the very least find a different spin on an old topic. That was the recommendation when we were tasked with starting our dissertation projects at university. Some chose social issues in Japan, some took on international politics, others dove into representation in cinema (lucky…

Patriotic Essays

Obligatory essays are among the more archaic aspects of university life. Doesn’t matter if you’re a language or a maths student, a university still wants to see an essay. Yokohama National University was no different, even with its ‘JOY’ program for international students. It didn’t matter that everyone was from a myriad of countries, or…

The Akiba Trials

Akihabara; one destination many ‘hikikomori’ make an exception for. It’s the middle ground between madness and sanity, between fictional realities and very real poverty. It’s situated in north east Tokyo, and lies somewhere between the pit of Japan’s sex industry and the summit of its creativity. It’s as wondrous as it is creepy, and as…

Sleepless in Shikoku

I have a humble ambition when it comes to travelling in Japan; to see all of Japan’s major islands (a little more realistic than Kara’s ambition which is to visit every single prefecture, collect pokemon socks from the area as proof, on top of seeing any foreign countries in the vicinity. As you can see,…