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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.