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From Dexter to Japan

Dexter High School alumnus Julia Murphy blogs about living and studying in Tokyo, Japan.

This is Julia blogging to you, for the first time, from Tokyo, Japan!  So you can get a better picture of who’s blogging here, I’m a graduate who’s now living in Japan to study Japanese.

I’ve been studying Japanese since the start of middle school and always knew that I wanted to move here.  I did an exchange program for six months during my sophomore year of high school, so I know the area and can speak the language (enough to get around), and in the end, I decided I’d like to try to go to college here, too.

And here I am, well, I’m not in college yet, but I’m getting there.

A lot of people have asked me what it is it like living in Japan so soon after the tsunami, earthquake, and nuclear threat.  Honestly, in Tokyo, everything is pretty much the same as usual.  Rather than everyone being worried about the nuclear reactors, the focus here is much more on the situation on the northeast coast, where the Tsunami hit.  I think the mentality is that what happened in Tokyo is nothing compared to what happened there, so to worry for our own sake would be inconsiderate. 

One of the only noticeable differences in Tokyo is the power shortage. Well, I wouldn’t really call it a shortage (though I’m sure there is one) but more of a voluntary and collective effort to save electricity.  All over the city business have shortened their hours, the escalators in buildings are all shut down, people are refraining from using air conditioners, etc.  Everyone is just trying to help in whatever ways they can. 

As for earthquakes, there are still some minor aftershocks but nothing too big.  I think there have been so many that’s its started to get people confused.  It seems like everyone here falls into one of two categories: people who think there is an earthquake even when there isn’t one, and people who never seem to notice the earthquakes even when they do occur.  I fall into the latter group, and the former can be described as “earthquake sickness" — it’s a term that’s being used a lot lately. 

In a metropolis like Tokyo things are always changing so there is no saying what will come next, or even tomorrow, but I hope you all wish me luck and hope this blog can be at least somewhat entertaining or informative for all of you in Dexter. 

I look forward to updating you all next time!

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Margaret Govaere Steptoe May 13, 2011 at 05:50 PM
Julia, I look forward to reading more of your time in Japan.--Margaret
Stephen Russo May 14, 2011 at 05:01 AM
Hi Julia, I won't call you the name I 've called you since 1st grade to avoid embarassing you, but you are makeing everyone in your family very proud of your courage.. We all know you are heading for a great future...keep up the good work and keep writing so we know what is going on over there! BTW you can tell all of your friends in Japan that you are a true American Princess, from the Kingdom of ANNARBIA!! (sorry i couldn't resist!!) Love always, Uncle Steve
Janice Murphy May 14, 2011 at 11:45 AM
Hi Julia, We look forward to hearing about your adventures! Best of luck with your studies and time in Japan . We are so proud of you! Love A. Jan & U. Pat xoxo
Ann E. Justice-Kleinhenz May 14, 2011 at 12:21 PM
Hi Julia, Thank you for the very well written and informative capsule about your life in Japan. Enjoy, study hard and send pictures! your friends, the Kleinhenz's
Lara Russo May 14, 2011 at 02:00 PM
Hi Julia! I'm really looking forward to reading your blog and hearing what is going on over there in Tokyo - a place I dream of visiting one day! You have grown into such an impressive, smart, and unique young lady - truly the stuff that strong women are made of! As my (dorky) dad said - your family is SO SO proud of you and your commitment to your dream. Love you very much, Lara
Beth Kane May 14, 2011 at 06:22 PM
Hi Julia, Just read your first blog entry. Interesting to hear about the effort to conserve power. Good luck to you over there. You're a good writer - this was good stuff. Keep it coming! Beth Kane
Chris Murphy May 14, 2011 at 08:11 PM
Hey Julia, awesome that you are living in Japan. I will definetly be reading your blog from time to time to see what you have been up to. Next time I come to visit your house I expect to see from you the most awe inspiring Kata Katate performance ever. Have fun, Chris
Brian Murphy May 14, 2011 at 08:19 PM
Julia, This is awesome. I hope you are able to keep it up. This is definitely material to get back at Kyle for all of his bragging that he does. Rule the day! Love, Brian
Sandy May 15, 2011 at 11:30 AM
Julia - What an awesome experience! :) It seems like its truly a dream come true for you! Thanks for doing this blog so we can all stay posted, and leave you ridiculous comments (specifically in reference to my fathers) while you are spreading your wings halfway around the world :) Good luck with everything! XO Sandy
Lisa Carolin May 15, 2011 at 01:19 PM
How fortunate for all of us back here in Dexter to have our own personal correspondent in Japan. Thank you Julia for having the spirit of adventure and being willing to share it. Lisa Carolin
Kit Moran May 15, 2011 at 03:54 PM
Very proud of you, Julia. Keep up the correspondence. We love hearing from you.
Donna May 15, 2011 at 05:45 PM
Hi Julia! I want to second what Lisa C. said...and tell you that Alex & Ana & I are eagerly awaiting the next installment! :) Donna

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