Tweets from Students @TUJDays

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@TUJDays is a twitter feed that offers an inside scoop on all aspects of TUJ life from the perspective of current students. These students are like a couple of Tweety Birds free from their cages, flying around Tokyo and reporting their discoveries from refreshingly internationalized points of view. Follow us for updates, relevant information, daily explorations and many more topics.

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Introducing the current students tweeting on @TUJDays:

Shoko Ito

Hi! My name is Shoko and I am Japanese. My major is International Affairs and I am a junior at TUJ. I lived in Spain from age 11 to 17. I love learning through socializing with people from many different backgrounds.

How is campus life?

Campus life is busy and very interesting. The workload at TUJ is definitely more than that of some other universities in Japan, but I have friends from different countries and it is always fun talking with them and sharing our cultures.

What is it like to live and study in Tokyo?

TUJ is an American university and you feel like you are in the States, but when you leave campus you are suddenly in…Japan. It’s like you are living in two different countries. It’s hard to put into words, but I get to see Japan objectively and subjectively. Exploring Tokyo on the weekend is a lot of fun!

What's special about TUJ?

TUJ has the most international environment I know in Japan. You get to talk to students from many countries, so you can learn various aspects of many different cultures. Also, You don’t have to choose your major until the junior year and students transfer from inside and outside of Japan, so it’s very international!

How did you hear about TUJ?

I attended a Japanese public high school in Yokohama where a student from TUJ interned as an English teacher. It was through this experience that I found out about TUJ.

What types of TUJ activities/clubs are you currently involved with?

None, but I attended some yoga club sessions before, and it was nice. Doing yoga before or after class is great for managing your stress level.

What are your goals after graduating?

I want to become a person who can keep looking for a better “me.” I want to keep learning through socializing and grow more. Hopefully, I will be able to share those experiences with other people. I want to be a person who people can truly rely on.



Anthony James (AJ)

My name is Anthony James (AJ), and I was born and raised in Japan. I'm half Japanese and American, and my favorite sport is basketball. I love meeting new people as well, so I'm open to hang out any time, especially with funny people. Nice to meet you all!

How is campus life?

Campus life is awesome! The TUJ campus is quite intimate, so it is very easy to familiarize yourself with. This also makes it very easy to meet new people, which is always a great thing.

What is it like to live and study in Tokyo?

Since I've lived in Japan all my life, I can't compare it to anywhere else, but I can say that studying in Tokyo is special. It gives you a taste of Japanese culture as well as cultures from around the world. It's awesome!

What's special about TUJ?

TUJ is special for me because not only can I make a ton of friends, but it’s also easy to network and build professional relationships with my professors.

How did you hear about TUJ?

I read about TUJ on Temple University Main Campus’ website, which led me to the TUJ page.

What types of TUJ activities/clubs are you currently involved with?

I'm actually in charge of the TUJ basketball club. At some practices, we get a lot of participants and the competition gets intense! It's always good to have a chance to play basketball so COME JOIN US!

What are your goals after graduating?

I'm thinking about staying in Japan and finding a job here. I'm not too sure what I want to do yet. But with everyone helping me at TUJ, I'll definitely figure it out soon!



Tamlyn Kurata

How is campus life?

Campus life is a lot different from what I expected. Unlike a typical American university where everyone is concentrated on the campus, everybody at TUJ is spread out across Tokyo. In this way, it feels as if there is no "campus" and no limit to where we learn. Tokyo itself is our campus, and our interactions with others and explorations of the city are our classrooms. It's a different type of learning dynamic that really gets students into the world like no other university can.

What is it like to live and study in Tokyo?

Growing up in a small town on the island of Oahu, I was enclosed in this bubble of familiar faces, foods, and experiences. To break that bubble by going to college in California was terrifying, but I remained in a generally small city (Irvine). However, coming to Tokyo was a much larger jump, since there are about 15 times more people in Tokyo than there are on the entire island of Oahu! It's scary, but at the same time, it's not. Tokyo is a much safer city than Honolulu at night, so I'm not afraid to step outside of my boundaries a little and explore. It's a great feeling being able to learn something new about the city, the language, the food, or the people.

What's special about TUJ?

TUJ is a different type of university experience that gets students outside of the classroom and into the real world. There's only so much you can learn from a textbook, and this experience offers life lessons that are impossible to encapsulate into a single classroom lecture.

How did you hear about TUJ?

TUJ co-sponsors the Japan Wizard's Bowl competition in Hawaii, which is a rigorous culture and language competition for the high schools in the state. My team won the competition and was given a free trip to Japan on the condition that we spend one of our days touring and experiencing TUJ. For the first time, studying in Japan did not seem like a far-fetched dream that I would never be able to achieve.

What types of TUJ activities/clubs are you currently involved with?

I am a part of the study abroad program, so I will only be here for a semester. With that, I am the official photo blogger for the study abroad program, so you may see me around at TUJ functions snapping pictures!

What are your goals after graduating?

My ultimate goal is to be able to move back to and live in Hawaii. I plan on finishing up my undergraduate degree in graphic design and then going on to attempt a masters in architecture (landscape).



Michael McCreary

My name is Michael, and I’m here at TUJ for the year, studying abroad from Main Campus. I’ve lived in the United States my entire life; so coming to Tokyo was an incredibly exciting opportunity that I couldn’t pass up. I’m looking forward to spending the year getting to know much more about Tokyo and Japan.

How is campus life?

So far campus life has been great. The small size of the campus makes it really easy to meet new people and get assimilated into campus culture.

What is it like to live and study in Tokyo?

It’s been wild so far. It has been an experience like no other learning about and adapting to Japanese culture. I’m still having trouble wrapping my head around the sheer scale of Tokyo; it feels like its own world.

What's special about TUJ?

I would say that TUJ is special because of how international it is. Since I’ve been here I’ve made friends from literally all over the world, all united by the shared experience of living and studying in the heart of Tokyo.

How did you hear about TUJ?

I heard about TUJ on a tour of Main Campus in Philadelphia that I took when I was in high school, and it was actually the reason that I applied to Temple.

What types of TUJ activities/clubs are you currently involved with?

Right now I’m doing an internship teaching English at a high school in Yokohama.

What are your goals after graduating?

I’m really not sure yet, but I’m thinking of spending a few years teaching English as a second language either in Japan or somewhere else.