Tips and Tricks to Living at Nishiwaseda Dorms (and going to Waseda).

I’ve decided to list a bunch of things I wish I knew earlier before coming to Waseda. I’ll probably update this list once I think of more things and make it more organized…

Transportation: Fukutoshin Line
-goes to Ikebukuro and Shinjuku 3-chome for a bit more than JR Yamanote Line)
-has free metro wifi (same with tozai line)
-exit 1・2, and then 1 for the exit near nishiwaseda international dorm

Groceries: Santoku
-get a membership card early on
-get the monthly bingo cards (spend 1000 yen on certain days and get a stamp)
-you can get 500 yen off if you get a certain amount of points on your card

Groceries: Lawson
-get a Lawson point card
-you can get points from buying tickets there too which you can use to get snacks/promotion deals for free

Random
-drink water from the tap (it’s free)
-print digital pictures from 711 because Lawson is confusing
-make a bank account with Mizuho/UFJ (one of my jobs wouldn’t transfer money to my post office bank account, so i had to create another bank account at Mizuho)
-dominoes and pizza hut are buy 1 get 1 free pizza if you pick up from the store

Entertainment (karaoke, movies, game centers
-everyone reserves movie seat tickets online (you should too unless you want a bad seat)
-big echo is my favorite karaoke place (takadanobaba especially because of the discount coupons & student discount)
-bigbox next to takadanobaba station has ~1000 yen karaoke from 9pm-7am including an all-you-can-drink bar
-bigbox arcade has 100 yen DDR
-sega arcade center has 100 yen maimai
-animate (shinjuku, ikebukuro, akihabara, shibuya) for all your fujoshi needs…

Stores: Conveyor Belt Sushi
-Hamazushi on Waseda Street above the Softbank (90 yen / plate on 平日, 100 yen / plate on 土・日・祝日)

Stores: Muji
-has nice cheap simplistic stationary and everything

Stores: Starbucks
-has free wifi, but you need to make an account
-starbucks has cool limited drinks for certain periods (try sakura flavored drink in the spring)

Stores: Uniqlo
-has best light thermals for the winter (heat-tech)

Stores: Yodabashi Camera
-all of them have lots of gashapon (great souvenirs)

Location: Ikebukuro
-east exit can take you to sunshine city (there is also a specific exit for sunshine city too)
-east exit has gindako (yummy takoyaki)

Location: Shibuya
-hachiko exit 8

Location: Shimokitazawa
-second hand thrift stores (super cheap stores. GO.)
-place called Mode Off has cheap clothes

Location: Shinjuku
-west exit (both chuo and regular) is B1F of odakyu, so you have to go up the escalator to get to 1F (yodabashi camera, airport limousine, sega are from this exit)
-east exit (lumine est with starbucks, sweets paradise)
-B7 exit is closest to animate

Dorms: Nishiwaseda International Student Dorm
-laundry rooms open from 9am-10pm (other times, it’s locked)
-the manager’s name is shirakawa (…i confirmed it on the last day >_>)

School: Waseda
-join multiple clubs (i wish i did… but i also ended up doing language exchange my last semester which i highly recommend 1st semester.)
-printing places (building 22 B1F, building 9 1F) (you have to bring your own paper) (if all else fails, next option is to go to the printing place on waseda street between santoku and picaso. if that fails, most expensive option is to print at a convenience store)
-study lounge (Building 11 2F・8F, Building 22 3F, Building 14 3F)
-places to eat lunch (Obasan Bento with the red sign on the way to Building 11, Bento Place Across from Building 22)

School: Teachers from SILS & CJL
Waseda is strange in that there’s no website like ratemyprofessor where you can see their ranks… >_> And what I recommend are classes where you actually learn things (which may involve work), but the teachers want you to be more knowledgeable
-recommended teachers: namai kenichi (SILS syntax), sterenberg matthew (SILS european history), kim yong nam (CJL describe yourself 5-6), chung yangwon (CJL),
-recommended classes: reading at your own pace and style 2-3B (CJL, you do NOT have to be in that level.. lots of people from levels 1-8 take that class. all you do is read any japanese book in class and write a short analysis for 10 minutes in class.)
-do not take at all costs: ohira akira (SILS translation studies)

Life Advice
-participate in as many programs as possible (homestays, opportunities SILS/your program offers, jobs, volunteers, STAY ACTIVE AND MEET NEW PEOPLE)
-go to places by yourself (you’re in a foreign country. it’s nice being independent and not caring what others think of you because well you’re a foreigner and can justify what you do as because you’re a foreigner. i’m not saying go crazy. just that, it’s nice being you without having to put up a front. and you can become more independent and explore different areas by yourself. do some soul searching.)
-don’t leave with any regrets (if you’re hesitant about something, just do it (as long as it doesn’t hurt someone ._.). but it’s better doing something and not wondering what if or i should’ve done it that way.)
-don’t be too stingy. (you’re already spending money to be in japan. when’s the next time you’ll be in the same situation with the same people again? now don’t go crazy and spend all your money. if you’re strapped for cash, tell your friends and there are plenty of other things you can do that does not involve money. spend for the memories.)
-you’re going to meet a lot of people (you’re lucky in that you can choose whom you want to spend your time with. don’t spend time with people you don’t like.)

Helpful words
-口座解約(こうざかいやく): canceling your bank account
-両替 (りょうがえ): change (as in if you want your one 500 yen to be five 100 yens)
-食べ放題 (たべほうだい): all you can eat
-飲み放題(のみほうだい): all you can drink
-学生割引(がくせいわりびき): student discount

Helpful Sites
-tabelog (tabelog.com): like yelp for the states to look up good restaurants
-hotpepper (http://www.hotpepper.jp/SA11/): to find cheap places and discounts for haircuts
-airport limousine (https://www.limousinebus.co.jp/en/): from shinjuku west exit to narita/haneda airport 3100 yen 
-yakobus (http://www.bushikaku.net/): find cheap tickets to go to areas in japan. you can pay for these at the convenience stores

I’m leaving today. I don’t know what to say. It’s been a quick yet long year at Waseda. I can say that I’m truly glad for this new and exciting journey and that I’ve grown mentally/emotionally from this. With that being said, I’m glad to be going home to see friends and family. Can’t wait to see how much we’ve both changed and not changed since the last time we saw each other. :)
I’ll upload lots of other pictures when I get the chance. Until then, さらば!
(In case you’re wondering, the picture was from when I left Japan —> US for my cousin’s wedding ^^)

I’m leaving today. I don’t know what to say. It’s been a quick yet long year at Waseda. I can say that I’m truly glad for this new and exciting journey and that I’ve grown mentally/emotionally from this. With that being said, I’m glad to be going home to see friends and family. Can’t wait to see how much we’ve both changed and not changed since the last time we saw each other. :)

I’ll upload lots of other pictures when I get the chance. Until then, さらば!

(In case you’re wondering, the picture was from when I left Japan —> US for my cousin’s wedding ^^)

Hello there! I have to update a lot, but I have finals this Friday I need to study for.

The year is winding down. I’ll be going back to America next Wednesday (6 more days left in Japan!). It’s pretty surreal… but I’m excited to see family and friends back home. But anyway, think about the present! I’m going to make the most of what’s left in Japan by hanging out with friends and going to places! :D

I’ll update sooooon. :)

Also, I got a wisdom tooth taken out in Japan and some cavities taken out. Dental care is cheap here, so while you have health insurance, use it to get a dental check up! And while I was suffering from the 親知らずの抜歯 (wisdom tooth extraction), I made myself feel better by eating various Japanese ice cream! Hehehe… Some of my favorites! ^_^

GUESS WHAT WAS ON TV.

Free! Eternal Summer (episode 2). TV Tokyo Station. 12 am (0:00) Thursday.

Yeah.. Thank goodness I was the only one in the kitchen. Hahahh.. So Rin + Makoto = Sousuke. I’ve been sleeping late anyway, SO I’M GOING TO WATCH FREE UNTIL I LEAVE JAPAN. Gotta support the ratings.

Haikyuu!! on Sundays at 5 pm on TBS.

Takadanobaba’s Ore no Hamburger Yamamoto [俺のハンバーグ山本]

My friends and I went to this place for a once a week dinner out. They give you a free juice in a shot glass (paprika, carrots, and something else? forgot) which was really delicious! And then the hamburger was really good! Mine had grated radish on top with ponzu sauce. There, you also get free rice refill and unlimited curry! I didn’t try the curry because I was really full by the end of my meal, but my friend told me it was pretty good (a bit spicy). Definitely recommend this place! It’s about 1200 yen for the set, but it’s really filling and with free rice and curry refills, you definitely get your moneys worth. ^_^

The location is on Waseda Doori, past Takadanobaba Station from Wasada University. There’s a chain conveyor belt sushi on the 1F, and the hamburger shop is on the 2F.

http://tabelog.com/tokyo/A1305/A130503/13127315/

Kagurazaka’s Nanna

I don’t know if you can tell how big these parfaits are, but they’re pretty darn big. lol. Umm, I really wanted to eat one, so I researched a couple places and found this one! I shared with a friend and the other two ate their own. The top part was pretty good, but when you get to the bottom with the warabimochi and custard, it tasted pretty gross. XD. Overall, I’m glad I went to a place in Japan with big parfaits, but I want a place that has pocky AND flan!

http://tabelog.com/tokyo/A1309/A130905/13041259/

Ekoda’s Shamaimu

Really good Israeli food at Ekoda. I got the Regular-sized falafel for ~1400-1600 yen. Soo filling and delicious!

http://tabelog.com/tokyo/A1321/A132101/13003842/

HAIKYUU!! These were in front of Shinjuku’s Animate store. UGH, I. WANT. ALL. OF. THEM. (mostly Asahi), but I got Suga. Not bad. THEY’RE ADORABLE AND FOR 200 YEN A SPIN. This will be the reason why I become broke.
But really, you guys should watch this anime. It’s amazing. I don’t know why they don’t have Yowamushi Pedal ones out.

HAIKYUU!! These were in front of Shinjuku’s Animate store. UGH, I. WANT. ALL. OF. THEM. (mostly Asahi), but I got Suga. Not bad. THEY’RE ADORABLE AND FOR 200 YEN A SPIN. This will be the reason why I become broke.

But really, you guys should watch this anime. It’s amazing. I don’t know why they don’t have Yowamushi Pedal ones out.

I’ve been getting a lot of take out and convenience store food because… I’ve been lazy. >_>

Cold ramen at Ebisu.

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