Alright, here's the deal. I'm not even in Tokyo yet, but I'm willing to bet my bottom dollar that I've forgotten something or lost something that I will definitely need in the future. It's just who I am. Sitting on a tiny, child-size footstool on a Thursday afternoon, recording a badly lit vlog in an empty house, only to later find peaking audio and unfocused lenses. I'm sure someone can relate. Regardless, here's an pre-introduction to Tokyo! Five-minute limits on the videos really challenge me to try to be concise and also informative, so I hope to improve on it in the future.
I've covered 3 basic things to pack when it comes to study abroad, though it certainly applies to general travel: gifts, toiletries/medicines, and clothes! This is under the (unmentioned) assumption, that you've packed the real important stuff, like your passport, phone, plane tickets, laptops, chargers, etc. Luckily, Japan doesn't need a voltage converter, but it does have a lack of 3-prong outlets, so I've brought a 3 to 2 prong converter with me for my laptop.
Think I forgot something? Let me know! No, seriously, let me know. You'll probably save my life.
I've been to Tokyo once before, for a week, but this will be the first time I've gone knowing the language to some extent, which is exciting. There are lots of things that I want to do while there--clubbing (I'll probably go once, regret it, then never go again, but hey), going to onsen, attending a traditional concerts, and not getting bitten alive by insects. I'll admit right off the bat that I love anime and manga, and I'm quite the avid cosplayer, and that was originally what caused me to become more interested in Japanese culture and language as a whole, and I'm hoping studying abroad will really open my eyes and let me learn new things. I'm all for the experience, and if you're reading this, I won't be disappointing you!
P.S. If you get violently airsick and don't mind sleeping, try Dramamine. It'll knock you out and also make you feel better when you wake up. I'll be using it to sleep and also marathon Voltron for the 6th time, probably.
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Bit Shift and Mighty Like Us Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
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<p>Live every day to the fullest! I'm a proud Eph of Williams College, travelling around Tokyo and wherever else Japan may take me! I hope you'll stick around to see what I do, whether it's eating my weight in food or crying over my tests. Trust me, I'll be doing plenty of both.</p>