As part of the MEXT Scholarship, I am required to be enrolled in an intensive Japanese Language Program before I begin studying at Kunitachi College of Music. So, I am studying at Tokyo University of Foreign Studies in Fuchu, Tokyo, Japan. The university has the international students studying at the JLC, Japanese Language Center. Here I will take Japanese language and cultural courses to help me in my research at Kunitachi.
The university provides housing for all of the international students; so I actually live on campus. It kind of feels like I am freshman all over again! The apartment is quite small (only 160-ish square feet!), but it is totally functional. It’s just a bit, shall we say, “cozy.” I have a bed, desk, shelves, small kitchen, a bathroom, and a balcony. surprisingly, nothing is too small for this tall American.
The best part about the apartment is the balcony. Right now is cherry blossom season (さくら=Sakura) and the view is incredible!
Before school begins we have many orientation sessions to attend and diagnostic exams to take. Very, very busy already! Here we go!