Amy Sanders, Junior, CSD and Theatre Arts, writes: Harajuku has a very fun, colorful atmosphere, which is inhabited by the young, fashion-forward crowd that occupies Takeshita Dori (the main shopping street).
Alexis Silvers, Senior, Sociology, writes: We had the neighborhood of Shibuya, which was a bustling city that was overwhelming in its plethora of stores and eye-catching signs advertising a multitude of various projects. It was busy during the day with families and business people shopping and hanging out, and was also busy at night during the weekends but this time with a far more homogeneous crowd of young people going out for the night. No matter what time of day you went, however, it was always fashion-forward, much like the rest of Tokyo. (Photo courtesy of Brad Moran)
Brooke Armstrong, Senior, Anthropology and Asian Studies, writes: Odaiba was like a getaway area in Tokyo. There were lots of shops and activities aimed at families and couples. There were also many big business buildings, but not much residential housing, except for more on the outskirts of the area. Odaiba is a place to have fun and get away from the hustle and bustle of Tokyo.
Kate McCormick, Sophomore, Asian Studies, writes about Tsukishima: This little lady was sitting on the stoop to great her neighbors on that Saturday morning and she was full of pure joy. She took each of our hands and kissed them and was sad we couldn’t stay for tea.
Andrew Nice, Junior, Biology, writes “Den-en-chofu is considered the Beverly Hills of Tokyo. Students would be seen often coming back from class, shopping, or taking a casual walk around the neighborhood. Comparatively, Den-en-chofu is extremely well-kept and ritzy when you look at the rest of the Tokyo population. It had many shops and restaurants, but is known for housing the wealthy and famous of Tokyo.