Oringially from San Francisco, Kayla Abe is a Geography major and Urban Studies minor at Vassar College in New York. A foodie, environmentalist, and craftswoman, Kayla is inspired by design, good eats, local culture, and urban sustainability, which frame her mindset and drive her travels across Japan. Though her heritage as a fourth generation Japanese-American initiated her interest in Japan, Kayla has since developed a deep love of the country's traditional culture, history and language. Join her on her adventure as she dives into a foreign culture, experiences living in a home stay, and traverses Tokyo on a hunt for the best bowl of ramen in the city.
Andrea Kahlow is a student from Lawrence University majoring in East Asian Studies. Her interests include traveling, trying new cuisines, reading a good book, pilates, and listening to too much Kpop. After taking a gap year to study in South Korea she decided to further study about East Asia and try living in a new country! The following blog is her own personal experience and adventures of living as a university student in Tokyo, Japan.
Christopher Nguyen is an Economics and East Asian Studies double-major at Oberlin College in Oberlin, Ohio. He loves video games, playing both Korean traditional drums and taiko, and learning foreign languages. His love for studying Japanese language and culture in particular led him to take part in Japan Study, during which he hopes to enrich his understanding of the world by immersing himself in a new country. He will be writing articles for middle schoolers as a Reach the World travel correspondent and hopes that you will also read along during his first experience abroad.
Marta Schneider is an Economics and Asian Studies double-major at Knox College in Galesburg, Illinois. Having lived in Japan as a child and visited with family and as part of a school trip, she is looking forward to experiencing Japan in a completely different way and finding out more about how Japan has influenced her life and fits into her future. In her free time, Marta enjoys traveling and hopes to do so in Japan and around Asia. Join Marta on her journey abroad!
Coming Soon: Japan Study Program Blog!