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Week 12- Tori no Ichi Festival

Tori no Ichi is a famous outdoor market held on the Chinese day of the Rooster (Tori), where people buy decorated rakes to wish for happiness and good business in the upcoming year.

Some of the many rakes sold at the festival- Each year, one is supposed to return their previous rake and purchase a new, larger rake for the next year.

The rakes are very detailed and elaborate!

One of the many busy rows of rake vendors.

Morgan at the Rake Festival!

Some street food- a type of Chinese pancake that is stuffed with a gyoza-type filling.

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A List of a Few Places to Visit in the Tokyo Area

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All the Places to Explore Will Make Saying Goodbye so Hard

Before leaving for Japan, I had so many people ask me what countries were I going to visit while studying abroad. I told them that I’d be too busy exploring Japan to be leaving it. The truth though was less glamorous. I did not have enough money to be going to a foreign country every weekend. Besides, I may be in Japan but I was still here as a student. Meaning, I still had schoolwork to be doing. In the end, I did not end up leaving the Tokyo area (except for one trip I’m currently planning and will do in two weeks). Honestly, there’s nothing wrong with that. The Tokyo area has so much to offer, that I feel like I need another two months to visit every part of it. Probably a whole year. What I have seen so far has been gorgeous and exiting.

Asakusa

Asakusa is where I went for my first solo trip in Japan. I had originally gone to see the Sensō-ji temple. The temple was a bit of a let-down. It was such a tourist attraction, with way too many people crowded in to enjoy the experience of being at a temple. The streets of shops, on the other hand, were great to wander through. They sold a great variety of souvenirs and Japanese sweets (wagashi). It’s also really hard to get lost because apparently every one of those shopping streets somehow lead you back to the Sensō-ji temple. Either that, or my sense of direction is just that bad.

Shinjuku

I’m not much of a night life person, so if that’s what you want to know about, sorry, can’t help you. I did go out to Shinjuku at night once. While our planned activities turned out …continue reading

    

Elementary school students in Japan invited to vote for 2020 Tokyo Olympics official mascot

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The organizers of the 2020 Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games have sent information to elementary schools in Japan, offering students the chance to participate in a vote for the official 2020 Olympics mascot.

Over 21,000 schools received postcards with details on the voting process, which starts in December.

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The committee’s mascot screening panel plans to announce three mascot candidates on December 7th. Elementary school students will cast their ballots from December 11th to February 22nd, which will decide the final design.

Takeshi Natsuno, a member of the screening panel and guest professor at Keio University, was quoted as saying that having a say in the judging of the mascot is a chance for the young to learn about the Olympics and Paralympics.

“I think there’s no reason (for schools) not to participate in such an amazing experience, it’s the best way to learn (about the games),” Natsuno said. “I want about 10% of the schools to cast their votes.”

Following the disastrous initial preparations for the 2020 Olympic Games, in which the new national stadium design was scrapped, the official logo withdrawn in the face of accusations of plagiarism, and controversy over the relocation of the Tsukiji fish market caused further delays to facility construction, the organizers have attempted to present a more transparent process.

The replacement logo was effectively crowdsourced and public participation has been ostensibly tapped in various other ways. The reality of this latest scheme is, however, that the candidates for the official mascot are first chosen by Dentsu and the Olympic committee regardless of public opinion (and most likely, outside expert opinion), but the PR approach is clearly intended to offset the earlier damage.

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All the Places to Explore Will Make Saying Goodbye so Hard

IMG_0737

A List of a Few Places to Visit in the Tokyo Area

Before leaving for Japan, I had so many people ask me what countries were I going to visit while studying abroad. I told them that I’d be too busy exploring Japan to be leaving it. The truth though was less glamorous. I did not have enough money to be going to a foreign country every weekend. Besides, I may be in Japan but I was still here as a student. Meaning, I still had schoolwork to be doing. In the end, I did not end up leaving the Tokyo area (except for one trip I’m currently planning and will do in two weeks). Honestly, there’s nothing wrong with that. The Tokyo area has so much to offer, that I feel like I need another two months to visit every part of it. Probably a whole year. What I have seen so far has been gorgeous and exiting.

Asakusa

Asakusa is where I went for my first solo trip in Japan. I had originally gone to see the Sensō-ji temple. The temple was a bit of a let-down. It was such a tourist attraction, with way too many people crowded in to enjoy the experience of being at a temple. The streets of shops, on the other hand, were great to wander through. They sold a great variety of souvenirs and Japanese sweets (wagashi). It’s also really hard to get lost because apparently every one of those shopping streets somehow lead you back to the Sensō-ji temple. Either that, or my sense of direction is just that bad.

Shinjuku

I’m not much of a night life person, so if that’s what you want to know about, sorry, can’t help you. I did go out to Shinjuku at night once. While our planned activities turned …continue reading