Category: Travel Life, Lessons, and Fun Facts

Chikan

Chikan

Back at my home university in my Japanese classes, we learned about the word “chikan”, which refers to public, unwanted molestation. In general, it’s often used to refer to perverted Japanese men. I’d heard stories about Japan having problems with men that would grope women, usually while on trains. Yet, it was never anything I took seriously, because I’d also heard that these types of men usually avoided foreigners. Foreigners usually weren’t afraid to retaliate, while Japanese women, especially the girls, were less likely to speak up. Since arriving in Japan I’ve seen some women only trains, but other than that, I hadn’t thought much about it.

Ueno Zoo and Rainy Season

On Saturday I went to the Ueno Zoo, which is the biggest zoo in Japan. They had all sorts of exhibits and the entrance fee was pretty cheap. Today I was supposed to go adventuring, but unfortunately there is a 100% chance of rain pretty much all day. That’s one of the joys of rainy season here in Japan. I look at my weather forecast for the week, and it’s pretty much entirely rain.

Saying Goodbye

Saying Goodbye

The whole process for this trip has been an emotional roller coaster. These last few days in particular have had their ups and downs. Saying goodbye to my mom and boyfriend in a few hours is probably going to be one of the hardest parts of this entire trip. This will be the first time I’ll be away from home for an extended period of time.