Planning on studying abroad at Rikkyo University in the near future? In this post I talk about my experience going through orientation for new international students at Rikkyo University in Tokyo, Japan. Some of this may change in the future, but it should give you an idea of what to expect for your orientation. Overall, some of the information was common sense, but much of it proved very useful during my time in Japan.
Posts that are aimed at helping students who intend on doing study abroad at Rikkyo University or enrolling as an international student at Rikkyo University in Japan
The day I left my dorm, I said goodbye to many of my friends, and spent a good part of the train ride in tears. However, I was on my way to Chiba with one of my friends, so I had that to hold onto. I spent the day with his family as he showed me around his hometown, and he and his family took me to the airport when it was finally time to board my plane.
On Tuesday me and a few friends went to Yokohama for the day and went to Chinatown and the bay area. Then, on Saturday our dorm held a farewell party. We still have a few weeks before people start leaving, but with finals starting this coming week, they figured now would be the best time. It’s hard to believe it’s already time to say farewell.
On Saturday I went to a Noh workshop that was being held at Rikkyo. Noh is a traditional Japanese musical drama. Chances are, you’ve probably seen pictures of the masks that are often used in Noh, even if you didn’t realize what it was for. Yesterday was the 4th of July, which is Independance Day in America. Once classes were over for the day, I went out to an Izakaya (a casual drinking establishment with small food dishes and lots of alcohol) with some friends from America to celebrate my friend’s 21st birthday.
On Tuesday I decided to visit Kiyosumi Teien, which is an extremely beautiful and peaceful garden. Unfortunately though, I brought my camera but forgot my memory card in my laptop back home so I had to resort to using my phone for pictures. Then, yesterday I went to the baseball game between two of the baseball clubs in Rikkyo to watch my friends play.
On Saturday we went to Lake Kawaguchiko, which is the second largest of the five lakes that surround Mt. Fuji. We went to some of the better viewing spots in the area in order to get some pictures of Mt. Fuji. Then yesterday the company that owns our dorm held a barbecue with all the other dorms that it owns, so there were more than just Rikkyo students there. After the barbecue we were free to run around and play games.
Even when I’m not out adventuring, life in Japan is pretty fun. When I’m at the dorm, I’m usually down in the dining hall with the other residents. A lot of the time we just sit and talk, and other times we play Uno, Old Maid, Chess, Shogi, and more. The other day I even went out and played darts with a few friends.
Saturday we went to the Meiji Jingu Stadium (not the shrine) to see the Rikkyo vs. Waseda baseball game. I personally like baseball, but I will admit that baseball does have its boring moments. However, even the people who think baseball is boring probably would have enjoyed this game.
When I first got off the bus from the airport, I was greeted by three of the Japanese students from my dorm. They took me back to the dorm and showed me around. I learned where the dining hall, trash room, and laundry room are, how to open my mailbox, and how to use some of the stuff in my room, such as how to work the mini stove top and water heater. After that, I was left to get myself all settled in.
So, in my last post I gave some general info about the housing options Rikkyo offers. When I filled out my application for Rikkyo, I chose to live in the Rikkyo dorms because I didn’t want to deal with the hassle of trying to find a place on my own. I ended up choosing RUID Asakadai.
Other than location, the two RUID dorms (Asakadai and Shiki) are almost exactly the same. However, there are some differences between the RUID and RIR dorms. As for Comfort Ikebukuro, I don’t much about it. I didn’t even know it existed until it was mentioned on some of the papers in the welcome packet.
Getting my visa application in the mail was my top priority as soon as I got my welcome packet with my Certificate of Eligibility. Honestly, doing my visa application wasn’t that difficult.