Tina Nguyen

University of California - Irvine
Tokyo - Language & Culture

Hi everyone! I’m Tina and I’m from California, majoring in computer science at the University of California, Irvine. I’ve never travelled to a different country before so I hope to see where the journey takes me and hope you guys can experience it through my writings! I love learning about new cultures, trying out new foods, and traveling. I’m, more or less, ready to get and feel lost!

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July 11, 2017

Studying in Japan was the best thing I have done. From the friends I met to learning the language and exploring regions of Japan, I do not regret one thing I did. The experience was extremely worthwhile. It's not the same as travelling to Japan on vacation.

July 10, 2017

Two weeks left before going back home, my friend and I decided to take a trip to Hakone. A trip to relax, take our minds off of finals, and to enjoy one of Japan's most famous areas. Hakone is located in a mountainous region and is mostly famous for its onsens, or hot springs.

July 10, 2017

Only one month left before I depart back to California. It feels surreal like I have so much more I want to do but so little time left. This whole month is going to be pretty hectic for me as I have a lot of presentations and reports due as well as finals.

June 1, 2017

Conbinis, short for convenience stores, are extremely popular in Japan. There are locations everywhere you could possibly imagine, even in the suburban areas. Before coming to Japan, I never really visited the convenience stores in California unless it was to pay for gas.

May 31, 2017

The next day we took a day trip to Otaru by train. Otaru is a port city about an hour away from Sapporo and it is famous for its canal, glassworks, and sweets! The view on the way there was really refreshing and nice as it passed by the ocean.

May 31, 2017

Golden week usually occurs from the end of April to the beginning of May. It is a cluster of Japanese holidays so most Japanese workers and students get the week off. It is pretty much comparable to spring break in the United States.

April 30, 2017

It's been a month since I've settled in and adjusted to daily life in Japan. I grew somewhat accustomed to using the trains, although still getting lost here and there.

April 28, 2017

The first night in Japan was honestly exciting and also a bit hard for me. I didn't think I would start to feel this way until much later.

April 28, 2017

The day has finally come! After two days of sleepless nights studying for finals, I have finally arrived at Narita Airport! The program was nice enough to have my epal pick me up even though I came a few days late.

March 17, 2017