There are many things I have already done, but there still are many things I want to do. I got to go on a little trip with my host family Sunday, on the 16th. Oh my, my, what a fun experience! I got to see so many beautiful sites that are more nature-oriented. If only the pictures could capture the beauty I saw in real life. I definitely recommend going to Oshino Hakkai and to Iyashi-No-Sato if you ever go to Japan, or are curious of seeing nature or farming villages in Japan online via photos.
The following day after that was Marine Day, which is a national holiday that celebrates the sea. A friend invited me to one of the festivals but before that, we went to Akihabara to just hang out and shop since the festival began in the evening.
It doesn’t stop there! On Tuesday, I also visited the Sagamiko Berry Garden thanks to our internship supervisor. I and two other interns went and learned about this berry farm which also serves as a photovoltaic farm. Super cool to see active efforts in utilizing green space for food and energy. I’m glad to have learned about the site itself and see it in person!
Wednesday, I hung out with my friend in Shinjuku and visited the Kabukicho Tower! There was a floor full of restaurants and it was arranged and decorated as a vibrant street with tables “outside.” There also was a DJ on this floor, and above there was a floor full of gacha gacha machines and other crane games– like an arcade. There were more floors with more restaurants and activities, but we stayed on the 2nd and 3rd floor.
The next day, I hung out with my other friend in Shin Okubo and even had a little sleepover! We ate Korean food and then watched a show from start to finish.
Friday was my last official day as an intern for ISEP (Institute for Sustainable Energy Policies). I am virtual on Fridays, so me and a few other friends from the internship decided to go to a capybara cafe during our lunch break. A bittersweet moment because I had fun, but it was also the last time I was able to hang out with them before leaving Japan :(.
And then Saturday came. I went to Asakusa again, but this time with an IWU professor and some of the interns that were a part of the Freeman program. We went up a building and saw the sky view, we went on a little boat cruise, and then ate some Japanese sweets!
Another fun, eventful day, and one very busy week! I’m glad to be a part of this program and encounter so many new people and experiences! Sad to go, but happy that I am leaving on a good note. ^v^