<p>Hi, I'm Alex. I'm a junior at Columbia University majoring in Urban Studies and dabbling in other areas of interest like race & ethnicity studies. Outside of school, I like to eat, cook, take pictures, shop, have long conversations, and travel. Food, fashion, culture, literature, and music are all things I love. Black and gold are my favorite colors. Having lived in New York City for two years now, I feel quite at home. However, living in Japan is something I have wanted to do all my life, so I'm quite excited to finally live out that dream. From the local culture to the food to the fashion, I'm pumped to engage with it all during my semester abroad.</p>
Blogs by Alex Nguyen
Sayonara (for now).
A story about that time I went to an owl café and got to pet and be around 20+ species of owls for an hour.
Some tips for those seeking to experience the nightlife of Tokyo.
A little history lesson on one of Japan's most famous dishes and why it's so amazing.
Ramblings on being by oneself, learning how to do so, and why it's not bad.
From bathroom behavior to train etiquette, this post focuses on small differences in Japanese society that are nonetheless important and necessary to realize.
Pictures from my vacation in Kyoto so you can cry at pretty things.
This week's post reflects on a month of adventures and random events with optimism for the future.
In this week's post, cultural observations on Japan's society and culture are provided from personal experiences had as a foreign student newly arrived in Japan...
Pre-departure thoughts, feelings, and observations manifested after months of mental preparation and excitement.