Hot weather, pool parties and summer vacation is over. However, you do not have to be sad because autumn is here! It is time to pull your sweaters out of the closet, sit on the couch with some hot tea or hot chocolate and the most fun of it all: it is almost Halloween!
We all go through it when you are new to a country or city and you don’t know the best places to visit or what to do during your spare time. Now it is Friday night, you just got home after a long day of work, school, sightseeing or doing the bare minimum, and you want to do something fun alone or with friends but you can’t figure out what. Luckily, as I have been living in Tokyo for over 5 months I have a fair share of ideas that might be of interest for you. A nice side note is that all Come on Up share houses are located relatively close to the city centre, meaning that you can easily work down this list in your spare time.
My name is Rochelle Reijme, living in the Kita-Ikebukuro share house, and I have been an intern at Come on Up Tokyo since August 2018!
To get to know me a bit more I will explain a little bit about me and where I’m from. I am a 22-year-old exchange student from the Netherlands, Rotterdam. I was born in a small village called Dordrecht, the Netherlands, but moved to Paramaribo, Suriname (South-America), as soon as I turned four. I lived and went to school there for 1 year before returning to the Netherlands, Rotterdam. As I grew up being multilingual and could understand English better than Dutch, I wanted my university study to be completely in English. This brought me to the study course I am currently following at the Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences called ‘’Trade Management Asia’’. Here I got the choice of going abroad for a whole year to Indonesia, China or Japan and being a city girl I chose Japan, Tokyo the most innovative country of the world over everything else.
Each year on the third Monday of September Japan celebrates a national public holiday called Respect of the Aged day (Keirō no Hi – 敬老の日). This year it falls on September 17th, on the date that I am writing this blog post, today’s date. This holiday was created to honor and respect Japan’s elderly people, since Japan has a lot of citizens aged 65 and above. After all, Japanese culture is all about treating their elders right and respectfully.
What should you do when it is a beautiful day outside in Osaka and you want to spend your time with your friends and housemates? Well, the best thing you can do is to eat Osaka’s soul food, takoyaki! On September 8th 2018 we had a takoyaki party at Miyakojima share house. As part of Come on Up’s monthly event, we came up with the idea to have an Osaka soul food party! As a new intern it was a very nice experience because this was the first event I took part in!