Aha, to be honest I’m probably not the best person to ask about this. I had fairly steady government and parental income o.o;;. That said, I still managed to run out of money on various occasions =\ Not sure about other people. Tokyo isn’t cheap, it’s just what you want to do with it I guess. Mostly my policy was ‘I’ll only be able to do this once so hey, why not’, but on occasions that might not have been the way to go…! I’m also a terrible budgeter so that doesn’t help ;-; Not to mention the awful exchange rate… -.-
You can earn money whilst you’re there, mainly through teaching English. (but only cash in hand unless you can get a work permit; though this is particularly difficult through Meiji.. =.=) I didn’t, but I wish I had sometimes!
Thing with Tokyo is, you’ll probably end up spending more than you think you will, what with official things to pay for and the masses of travel (you do come to rely on trains in Tokyo, particularly if you’re in Meidaimae (where Izumi House/campus are), since it’s slap-bang in the middle of everything. Definitely not a bad place to be in, but definitely train-heavy.) So really… depends on you. Overplan for money is probably the best advice I can think of right now, since I really wish I had..! Hope that was some help? :P
I’m so glad to hear that, thank you! I really hope you enjoy Meiji, it’s a great uni :D
In terms of immersion, as long as you put the effort in, you *can* get really good results! For example, the Campusmate scheme provided for international students allows for interaction with a lot of Japanese students, which means you can easily make friends. (You do sometimes need to put some effort into making sure they become friends you regularly meet with though, I’ve found…!). And it does depend where you’re staying - in my case it was Izumi International House, which is a fantastic dorm but doesn’t allow for much Japanese communication. So it’s a case of finding a good balance between speaking English with hallmates and speaking Japanese as much as possible!
If you can, taking extra modules in Japanese really helps to build up vocab etc, as well!
Everyday life in Tokyo is great because you find yourself getting used to the daily life Japanese pretty quickly. Buying things, getting around the trains etc. Trying to deliberately place yourself in situations where you’re speaking Japanese is of course a great way to get there quicker =]
Hope that helps! If you have anymore questions don’t hesitate to ask! :D
So yeah, I’m officially back in England, where pretty much literally everything is the olympics. I’m sorry it’s been a bit quiet round here! I had a pretty rushed last week; seeing everyone for the last time, going to karaoke, packing… :P So it all feels like a bit of a blur to be honest.
The flight, at least, was very smooth! No delays or anything, just straight on and off to Heathrow.
Culture shock set in earlier than I imagined, a.k.a at the airport and from there on. Main points being these:
1) Hearing English conversations all the time. In all England’s various different accents - it’s just a bit grating right now. And weird.
2) The lack of people! I figured it’d be a good thing to get away from the masses of people per square metre but apparently I find this strange since being in Tokyo!
3) Politeless levels. They are… really quite different.
But apart from that it’s cool. I’ve been pretty much binging on all food that I’ve missed lol. Seeing people, getting a new laptop, new phone in the works..
I don’t know if I miss Japan yet. I can’t say I’ve been thinking about it too much, which might be a good thing, might be a bit of a ‘still adjusting’ thing. Or I just haven’t had much time to reflect and talk about it all. Hmmmmmm. Time will tell.