Getting into a Master’s Program in Japan

Under the MEXT scholarship, I studied Gender and Media at the University of Tokyo from 2011 to 2014. Here's how I got in.

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#TōhokudeYokatta: How Japanese Netizens Transformed a Politician’s Blunder into an Inspiring Message

On April 25th, Tuesday, during a presentation on the March 2011 disaster, a callous remark slipped out of then minister of reconstruction Masahiro Imamura. Revisiting the numbers that represent the damage the disaster had made, Imamura casually pointed out that, "It was a good thing that the disaster hit Tohoku," as the damages would have … Continue reading #TōhokudeYokatta: How Japanese Netizens Transformed a Politician’s Blunder into an Inspiring Message

Romanticizing Motherhood: Horikita Maki and the Ritualistic Retirement of Female Actresses in Japan

Top Image Source: Excite On Tuesday, February 28th, I turned my TV on per my usual morning routine. I checked the clock on the upper left screen to make sure I wasn't running late as the morning wide show I usually watch filled my otherwise quiet room with cheery, mostly insignificant chatter. As the show … Continue reading Romanticizing Motherhood: Horikita Maki and the Ritualistic Retirement of Female Actresses in Japan

Mental Health Counseling in Japan: A Horror Story

For foreigners living in Japan, mental health care is even more challenging as choices are limited and practices are sometimes left unchecked. This video is about a terrible experience I had with an American counselor in Tokyo. It still baffles me how this person is allowed to practice to this day, given that his behavior is offensive and questionably legal.