Hannah Davenport is studying History at the University of Sussex and is currently on her year abroad at Waseda University in Tokyo, Japan. There, she's doing the SILS programme (School of International Liberal Studies) as well as the mandatory study of Japanese language. While she's made every effort to embrace the culture and make new friends, it hasn't been easy. Here's what Hannah's experienced so far, and her top tips for combatting loneliness in Tokyo.
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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...