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Kansai Gaidai University, Japan

Although it’s already been a few days since I arrived here in Osaka, Japan, I still find it hard to believe that I will be living here for the next few months.

When I first arrived in the airport, one of the first few things that I noticed about Japan was the weather. It was summer when I first arrived here and so it was very hot and humid which was a stark difference from the cool and comfortable winter here in Australia. After wandering about the airport, I found a representative of Kansai Gaidai University who would take me from the airport all the way to the dormitory via a shuttle bus. This bus service provided the university was really convenient as I didn’t have to carry my suitcases while trying to find my way to the dorms on my own using public transportation.

After the long bus ride from the airport, I finally arrived at the dormitory where I was guided to my room by a local Japanese student. My room which was shared by two other people was small but cosy as the flooring was tatami. I then went to the lounge where I befriended other fellow exchange students who were of many different backgrounds. After complaining both the weather and jet lag, we decided to brave the heat and unfamiliar streets in order to find some dinner. We soon find a BBQ restaurant after stumbling around in the dark for a bit and to our surprise we ordered wagyu beef which was very delicious but a bit pricey. We then decided to explore the neighbourhood for a while and then found a small shrine which was really interesting.


When we finally returned to the dormitory, we were all very tired and in need of a shower so we decided to call it day and go about our ways. And after a quick cold shower, I set up my futon which in itself was a small challenge and went to bed.

Overall, I have been really enjoying my stay here in Japan and I can’t wait to see what else the country has to offer as the season changes.

Ivy Weng
Bachelor of Design in Animation
Kansai Gaidai University
Japan

Australian Government New Colombo Plan Mobility Grant recipient.

For more information about the UTS Global Exchange program please visit: www.global-exchange.uts.edu.au

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