Hi everyone, my name is Yunyun Liu. I am a junior in the ACE department. For this spring semester, I am studying abroad in Nagoya University in Japan. Japan’s new semester starts in April which is actually pretty late. After my long winter vocation, the spring semester finally begins.
Whenever coming to a place, it is inevitable that we feel the cultural shocks that the different cultures bring to us. As a person who barely speaks Japanese, making my own way to university (dorm) is really troublesome. I have to figure out the right ways to get to the dorm while dragging my heavy luggage. Undoubtedly, it is really a hard and long way. But luckily I finally made it. I arrived in my dorm “international residence Higashiyama” at April 2nd. When I arrived, the Japanese students (volunteers) gave a really warm welcome. Well, that’s my first impression of Japan: Japanese are very friendly even though they do not speak English.
I’ve wanted to go to Japan for a really long time. Everything about Japan intrigues: its cultures, its food, scenarios and people there. I had a lot of expectations about Japan that: Japan is very clean; Japanese food is really great; Japanese people are very friendly; Japan’s public transportation is really convenient. etc. So far, Japan has met most of my expectations. Japan is very clean for a very crucial reason: the way they category their garbage. Japanese people follow a very strict way of categorizing garbage: they categorize the garbage into three categories in general: burnable, not burnable and recyclable. And they collect each categories on different days. We’re not allowed to throw the garbage after 8am in the morning. Below are the two flyers I am given when I moved into my dorm.
The convenient store in Japan is really convenient. Not only I can buy food there. I can also buy concert tickets and pay the bills at the convenient store. And btw, the food in convenient store looks and tastes very great! Everything is so cute in Japan.
And of course, there are some cultural shocks other than the languages.
The first cultural shock is already mentioned: the over complicated way of sorting garbage, which is good but complicated.The second cultural difference I encountered is that I have to take off my shoes off even when I enter my own room. Nagoya University even provided a really detailed “guide” of how to clean my own room. With such customs, no wonder Japan is clean and neat everywhere.
Well, enough for the cultural shocks and first impressions, time to talk about something fun.
Spring is the best season in Japan because during this season, I am able to do one thing that I’ve dreamed about for years: in Japanese it’s called:hanami(花見), which means seeing/watching the cherry blossoms. Here’s a picture shows the cherry tree right near my dorm.
The cherry blossoms are really beautiful. I went to a park in Nagoya to do Hanami right on the second of my arrival. The park is called tsuramai park(鹤舞公园）,which is a popular place to see the cherry blossoms. People bought some food and sit under the cherry trees.
Street food sold in the park.
The weather is not very good, but the views are still awesome.
this is the convenient store near my dorm