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覚園寺 in Kamakura

Ameyoko in Ueno, Tokyo

Japanese interested me on purely linguistic and artistic levels my freshman year of college when I took a calligraphy course. I was fascinated rather than terrified of kanji and happily memorized endless lists of vocabulary semester after semester.

An adviser pushed me to apply for a scholarship to study abroad at a prestigious Japanese university, and much to my surprise I was the lone American selected to participate in the exchange program that year.

I spent the next year studying in Tokyo, decided to graduate early, and immediately began working in several fields and held down three jobs simultaneously. Life was extremely full.

A few years later, I was accepted to grad school back in the U.S., decided it was now or never, and so ended my time in Japan.

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