A big decision made this past month was where I will be going to language school in Japan. The last time I was in Japan I was able to visit four different language schools. Since then I’ve been praying and researching, and I, with the direction of people from my sending agency, have decided to go to Kichijoji Language School located in (yes, you guessed it) Kichijoji, Japan. Although this was not one of the schools that I visited, I have been to the area before while visiting my cousin who lived in a neighboring area, Mitaka. Here are some things I experienced and learned about the area from my visit:
Kichijoji was my cousin’s favorite place in Tokyo. She and her friends referred to it as “the Kich.” According to my language school’s pamphlet, (though they may be a little biased) they claim that Kichijoji has been voted the top place to live in Tokyo.
Inokashira Park is a large park with maple trees that change colors in the Fall (exciting for Southern Californians who don’t usually experience fall colors) and cherry blossom trees that bloom in the Spring. There’s a small lake with swan boats that come with the superstition that if you go on the boat together with your boyfriend/girlfriend, you will end up breaking up. ಠ_ಠ
Of course, life will be much different as a student and resident vs. a tourist, but with my brief experience of surveying the area, I’m looking forward to returning. Although it’ll be fun to see these places again, I’m even more excited to meet the people in the places of Kichijoji. Hopefully I’ll get to know my friendly neighbors, and perhaps even share an umbrella with one.