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2009-09-07 The Beginning of a New Adventure

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People waiting to cross the street in East Ikebukuro

Hajimemashite! Greetings from Japan! My name is Tiffany Ross, and I am going to being studying at Rikkyo University for the 2009-2010 school year. I'm very excited, and I'm very happy that you will be joining me through my journals of my adventures from studying abroad. Even though school doesn't start until September, my friend Meredith (another student from Linfield) and I decided that we wanted to go to Japan a month early to study and get acclimated. While getting here has had many benefits, it also has many setbacks. If we had come in September, people from Rikkyo would have been able to help us with settling-in, and getting things such as a bank account, an alien registration card, and a cell phone (things that are essential to living in Japan for a year). However, since Meredith and I came early, we had to do all of those things by ourselves. Thankfully, Meredith's friend, Randy, who has been living in Japan for a while, was able to help us get all of the things that we need. He has also been our guide, taking us to all of these really cool places, like the top of the Shinjuku city building (there were 45 floors!) and to Yoyogi to do karaoke. Another disadvantage to arriving early is that Meredith and I had to find a place to live. Currently, we are living at the Sakura House in Higashi-Nagasaki, and then we will be moving into the dorms at Rikkyo. It isn't that expensive since we are only living there for a month, but it is still another expense that we have to worry about. Even though it is more expensive to come a month early, I wouldn't change a thing about it. I have had so much fun with Meredith and Randy, and I have gotten a lot of things accomplished. Until my next journal entry, atode! Tiffany Ross

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