Hannah Davenport is 22 years old and studying History at the University of Sussex. She is currently on an exchange year at Waseda University, Tokyo, in Japan, where she does the SILS programme (School of International Liberal Studies) as well as mandatory study of Japanese language.
Lizzie Lawrence is studying Asia Pacific Studies with Japanese at the University of Central Lancashire, and she's about a week away from going to do her year abroad at Akita International University in Japan (in the 'Scotland of Japan' to be precise). She says, "Since I have been doing a large amount of planning for this, I want to share some tips with other future travellers," so here is her advice about packing, money, travel and contacts...
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Despite what people may know about sushi, when I got to Fukuoka I realised that my biggest problems would be gastronomic. I was studying Japanese, and had very little knowledge about Japanese food, so when I found that I did not know what any food was, I struggled to find food that I liked, or knew how to describe. The social life was brilliant though - what a city! I stayed in a dormitory with 100 people, so I made quick friends there. Nearby there are restaurants, game places, bars, etc. and in the city centre there is even more choice. I went to Tokyo, Hiroshima (twice), Kumamoto, Oita and Kagoshima.