Surviving Tokyo on a Student’s Budget

Tokyo is an exciting and vibrant city. It is also one of the most expensive cities to live in. For international students, it can be quite a hurdle especially if you want to take in all the exotic new sights and visit beautiful places in and around the city. You can still enjoy Tokyo, the […]

Delectable Dashi

Japan is known for all kinds of delicious soups and stews. The soup stock is an important part of what makes any soup or stew dish exceptionally delicious and dashi is what forms the base. Dashi is a class of cooking stock and soup. It’s most common form is a simple fish stock or broth […]

Mount Hiei and the Tendai Sect

Tiantai is a Buddhist tradition in Japan, China, Korea, and Vietnam that reveres the Lotus Sutra as the highest teaching in Buddhism. It was founded by Zhiyi (Chigi in Japanese; 538–597 CE) in China. His teachings were first brought to Japan by the Chinese monk Ganjin (鑑眞) in the middle of the 8th century: these became the short-lived Ritsu school.  […]

Assimilating Your Japan Experience Into Life Back Home

Your time abroad is probably one of the most exciting experiences in your life. You will meet new friends, learn about a new culture, speak a new language, and open your eyes to a whole new world.  Readjusting to life back home can be another big change for you; it may take some time before […]

Importance of Gakko Hojin Certification

What exactly is Gakko Hojin? Put simply, Gakko Hojin is a rigorous educational evaluation and accreditation process overseen by the Tokyo Metropolitan Government ministry. Japan has the third-largest economy in the world by nominal GDP and the fourth-largest by purchasing power parity (PPP), and it is the world’s second largest developed economy. It can be said […]

Tips on Adjusting to Life in Japan

Study abroad is an exciting and eye-opening experience for anyone. Being in a new place away from home and all your familiar things may take some getting used to.  There are several stages you may feel when in a foreign country: initial elation, culture shock, gradual adjustment, and finally adapting to your new second home in Japan. […]

The Amazing Zao Fox Village

Japan is known for their outrageous fads, cosplay, anime, manga, and gaming. Aside from all those great things that make the country so unique, they also have a Cat Island (Tashirojima) and a Rabbit Island (Ōkunoshima). Tashirojima is a small island in Japan in Ishinomaki, Miyagi. The island is a small fishing community of about […]

Home Remedies for Headaches

Headaches and migraines can be a common occurrence easily be remedied using natural substances rather than medication. These natural remedies can be a more healthful alternative, too. For many study abroad students away from home for a long period of time, it is imperative to know what types of medication need a prescription, the allowable quantity for personal […]

Fun Times at Jigokudani Monkey Park

Japan is a country rich in beautiful landscapes, natural resources, and wildlife. One of Japan’s popular indigenous wildlife species is the Japanese macaque. The Japanese macaque is known as saru (monkey) in Japanese but to distinguish it from other primates of the world, it is called Nihonsaru (Nihon means Japan in Japanese). The Nihonsaru are Old World monkeys, a group of primates that […]

KCP Alum Mike Doeren’s Photos of Japan

We love to see photos taken by our KCP students, as these offer a first-hand view of what strikes them while in Japan.  KCP Summer Short-term 2016 student Mike Doeren shares with us his photos of Tokyo and Mt. Fuji scenery. Thanks for sharing, Mike! Night life in Tokyo. | KCP Flickr. Never a dull moment in […]