Emily Okikawa

Franklin & Marshall College
Tokyo - Language & Culture

Emi Okikawa escaped from Oahu, Hawaii by hiding in the cargo hull of a plane headed for the East Coast.  She was last seen at Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster, PA. Recent rumors have surfaced about her being set loose in Tokyo. Be advised, the suspect has been spotted eating her weight in Japanese pastries and sitting in animal cafés for multiple hours a day.

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January 6, 2017

It's been almost two weeks since I left Japan, and hardly a minute goes by where I don't reminisce about my time there.

January 2, 2017

The first and last time I did hula of my own volition was my last year of high school.

December 29, 2016

My daily life told through Tokyo Trains.

December 21, 2016

The strength of Japan’s soft power is undeniable. It’s hard to conjure up an image of Japan that’s anything but the grace and beauty of Japanese traditional arts or the glimmering Tokyo steel and glass skyline littered with 24-hour karaoke companies and technicolored billboards.

December 2, 2016

When I was in middle school, my dad handed me a small stack of books with topics ranging from the physics of space, to the concept of zero-waste manufacturing.

November 12, 2016

A few weeks ago, I found myself standing at the edge of the Motoyasu River in Hiroshima, where I stood two summers ago on the eve of the 70th anniversary of the dropping of the A-bomb.

October 31, 2016

Disproving the Japanese myth that idiots cannot catch colds, I fell sick for about a week during mid-October. It was a genuine joy to navigate the Japanese healthcare system, however, and I’ve never felt more at ease sitting in the waiting room at a clinic before.

October 28, 2016

I woke up on the morning of October 5, hoping to be imbued with some sort of divine wisdom of how to Adult™. But sadly, no such epiphany occurred. Instead, all that I realized was that I only had about 50 minutes until my train left the station.

October 27, 2016

For the first time since arriving in Japan, I got properly frustrated at my non-existent Japanese ability. It was early Wednesday morning, and I found myself frantically pawing at a Suica (commuter pass) machine, trying to get it to accept my ¥1000 bill.

September 27, 2016

This past Sunday, I joined a group of IES Abroad students and e-pals participating in a community service event at St. Mary’s International School in Tokyo. We spent the afternoon playing soccer with the organization, Futaba Association.

September 27, 2016

I fell asleep on the train ride to Tokyo Station.

September 14, 2016

First week of orientation, meeting my host family, accidentally shaving off my eyebrow.
Daily life in Tokyo.

August 8, 2016

Once, when I was very little, my best friend in the whole wide world of fourth grade bragged to me that her Chinese heritage extended as far back as the Song dynasty

            “I’m descended from the Empress Cixi,” she said proudly, her head aloft.