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The best thing which I miss in Boston is… Chill!


It’s a shop of frozen yogurt. It has some kinds of tastes and everything is very good, especially original. You can choose a size from small, medium or large and number of topping from 1, 2 or more than 3. It has many kinds of topping such as chocolate, mochi and many fruits! I often ordered small original and 2 topping that is strawberry and mochi. It costed less than $5.

I’m sure almost all students in Showa Boston love Chill! Actually there were always some Showa students even cool or cold day. After I came back to Japan, I saw some frozen yogurt shops and sometimes tried them. However nothing could beat Chill! I can’t forget the moment I feel so happy when I have Chill… I MISS CHILL!

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The restaurant SHOGUN in Boston


When I was in Boston, I often went to a Japanese restaurant in Boston. There were many Japanese restaurants in Boston but the one called “SHOGUN” was not same as other restaurant, I was really impressed. We went there as a class. Taste, looks, service and atmosphere were all different from other Japanese restaurants in Boston. I met a Japanese woman who works there, her name is Hidemi. When I went there, she told us a lot of good stories. When she was young she came to America in 1971. At that time study abroad was uncommon in japan. It took her 6 days to come here by ship, not airplane. I was really surprised by that. She studied hard when she came to America, always reading dictionary or advertisement to study. She gave us good information like how to get a job, how to study or use English and what we need in the future. I was influenced by Ms. Hidemi’s story at that time, I thought that I should appreciate that I could study abroad in America and have a really precious time in Boston.

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I miss Chipotle a lot. Chipotle is a popular fast food restaurant in the US. They sell burritos. Burritos are so good! Burritos contain beans, rice, vegetables and meat. When I tried a burrito for the first time in the US, I thought it was close to Japanese food. Burritos are not junk food. I wanted Chipolte to open up a shop in Japan, but recently a similar chain has appeared in Tokyo. It is not called Chipolte but it is very similar. They even have the same drinks! The chain is called Frijoles and they have shops in Roppongi, Azabu and Akasaka. It is my favorite restaurant in Japan!!!!


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The source of my power

Blog2Breakfast is the source of my power. When I was in Boston I got up early morning, washed my face then went to the cafeteria, but I was always still sleepy. I take some food from the platter to my plate. I always pick up almost the same foods like scramble eggs, hash browns and rice. These are simple, just put these foods on my plate then I sprinkle a dried seasoning called “Noritama”. The taste is very Japanese and a little sweet, then I mix with dried seaweed and eggs. “Noritama” is very important for me. I can’t start the day without Noritama. A dried seasoning reminds me of Japanese breakfast. We usually eat baked eggs, rice, miso soup and some side dishes. When I lived in japan, I often eat rice balls. My mother often made many kinds of rice ball for me. It is easy to make, anybody can make it and the taste is good. My mother makes rice balls of Noritama when she doesn’t have enough time in the morning because it is really easy. It was very simple but it is one of my nostalgic foods.

Dried seasonings have many kinds of taste in japan but Noritama is the most popular, especially for kids I think. I have two nephews; they are three years old and two years old. They love Noritama rice balls. I love them too. I remember when Noritama appeared in Showa’s cafeteria, I was really glad I could have this taste. I also put ketchup on the scramble eggs and hash browns. These foods make me get high tension and help wake my brain up in the morning.

Breakfast is important for us, it gives us power every day. When I was a student of middle school and high school, I often skipped breakfast because I was a sleepyhead, I didn’t have time, then my brain didn’t work in the morning when I hadn’t had breakfast. It is now too. I usually didn’t have breakfast a few years ago but when I was in Boston I changed my style for school life. After I changed my breakfast style, my health was changed. Also, after I changed my style I got into the habit of waking up early. Then I can use the time for other things in the morning. It was “truly a case of killing two birds with one stone.”

Breakfast makes it more difficult for our body to gain weight and keeps a good health balance. Most Japanese girls are always thinking about losing weight. I do too. If people don’t eat three meals, the body will be losing balance, making it easy to gain weight or have an unhealthy body. That’s why breakfast is the source of my power, it is better for our brain, health and life.


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About Off campus classes in Boston.

Blog1Last year I took fall classes at Boston College. As everyone knows, BC has very good and very huge campus more than Showa Tokyo in Japan. I like BC’s school building because these are like castles. My class was learning about Introduction to Organizational Behavior/Communication. This class focuses on the human aspects of management. We started with the individual, move to interpersonal communication and group behavior, discuss organizational culture and also leadership. I had learned about what is an ideal leader of group and how is the difference between American organization and Japanese organization. I was interested in those topics and in the future, I’ll use technics which learn from this class. This class had so many group work and discussions. The last off-campus class of spring was lecture. The lectures were pretty difficult for me because professors talk speed was really first. I often couldn’t understand what he said. My professor was very kind and he can speak Japanese little bit. He could understand about ours and he often spoke to us during discussion then he gave us easier question sometime. This class was also difficult because of group work and discussion. I couldn’t join them during group work. It makes me so nervous and stressful every time. It was good experience but it was too embarrass time. I had a class every Monday once a week. The last off-campus class of spring was little hard because I had class twice of week it was very busy. My first day was really awful because I was very nerves then I couldn’t talk with students so much. I regret about that now. I just talked with the guy who works at Business Company. He was really kind and he could understand we can’t speak English fluently and we are still learning English. I should have talked with more other students. American students don’t sleep during class, they were taking notes a lot and they asked questions. We had many discussions so during discuss, many people speak up and they said own opinion every time. Those opinions were very interesting and creatively. Some student said joke then he makes good mode of class. That’s very American. Everybody has strong opinion. These are really different with Japanese students. I think most American college students are very hard workers with good behavior. They ask so many questions to professor and they talked each other even they don’t know each other so much. I like these styles. I could learn good American student style and class style. This class was pretty hard for me but I could get good experience. I would like to use those good experiences in my school life.

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Let’s go to Boston!

Finally there is going to be a direct flight from Tokyo Narita to Boston. The service will start on April 22nd 2012. Yeah!!!! As everyone who has flown to Boston knows, you often have to make a change at New York or Chicago. If you travel there from Japan you always arrive in the evening or at night. However, from now on people will be able to enjoy Boston from the daytime. The city now feels closer to Japan than ever before!  I previously spent a year in Boston as an exchange student so I’m really happy about this news.


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My favorite place in Boston


I would like to introduce my favorite place in Boston. I lived in Boston for 6 month, from September in 2012 to March in 2013. I walked around Boston many times. I like all place, but the best is Boston Library. I went to Boston Library to borrow music CD and to study. There were many kinds of CD, so I could borrow pop music, rock music and jazz music CD. Therefore, my iTunes is big now. My favorite place in library is reading room. It looks like a Harry Potter’s library. I like table and chair which made of wood and green lamp. Green lamp is cute! I was happy when I study in this room. I  want to go and to study there again.

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Student Interview: Isao on Travel and Baseball




Yukari interviews a Japanese man who lives in Boston. His hobby is traveling. He had been to a lot of countries. He likes America the best in the world, because of MLB (baseball) is famous in the country. He was influenced by major league baseball in his life, so he plays baseball at school. He wants visit to Thailand next.

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Student Interview: Ayaka: New York Internship

Atsuko interviews Ayaka
Atsuko interviews Ayaka



Ayaka, a student in ELC Department talks about her internship. She is a BLIP student (studied 18 months on our Boston campus) and took part in internship in NY in October 2012. She worked at an NPO for about one week. She had great experiences in NY. Listen up, as the NPO was about musicals.

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Free Wifi at Starbucks Japan

When I lived in Boston, I was surprised at many free wifi spots in the city, for example, at Starbucks.   But as you know,it’s hard to find free wifi in Tokyo, Japan . I guess one reason Tokyo does’t have free wifi spots is because land is so expensive.  Owners at cafes get worried that customers would stay all day buying just one coffee if there is free wifi.  Actually there are paid wifi spots everywhere in Tokyo, however people don’t buy much.  I don’t want to pay for 30 minutes or 1 hour for wifi.  However finally Starbucks Japan has started to have Free Wi-Fi !!! yeah!!
Everyone in Japan has waited for this day for ages..  Starbucks in Japan completely distinguishs itself from its competitors!
I am not going to pay for other kinds of coffee, I only pay for Starbucks coffee!! I love you, Starbucks.
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