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Spring Semester in Japan – Experience It for Yourself

Hi, my name is Christina Snyder. I graduated from the Fox School of Business at Temple University in 2013, the Beasley School of Law at Temple in 2018 and I am currently pursuing my Tax LLM at Temple Law. Safe to say I love Temple and Philadelphia. However, during my spring 2018 semester I found a new love, Japan.

I had the opportunity to participate in the Temple Law School Study Abroad program at their Temple University Japan campus for my last semester of law school. Although nervous about living in a foreign country with a very different language and culture the staff at Temple Law School (both campuses) assured me everything would go great and boy, were they right.

Although I was there to study I had the time of my life. Education didn’t happen just in the classroom. Most of the classes are held one day a week in the evenings. This left plenty of time for traveling, exploring and eating. The law program arranged a number of group trips including a sumo wrestling match. By the end of the semester everyone felt like family. Tokyo is a large bustling city with a rich culture, interesting and historical landmarks, beautiful parks, great shopping and entertainment, and wonderful food.

In addition to my classes and studying and sightseeing in Tokyo, I was able to travel to different places in Japan with family and friends who were happy to visit me. One of my favorite excursions was a three day train trip to Hiroshima, Miyajima, and Saijo. Here I was able to experience history, pet a wild deer, go sake tasting around “Sake Town” and eat Hiroshima style okonomiyaki.
Tokyo has it all, the history, the entertainment, the amazing culture and people and of course my favorite part, the toilets! Don’t take my word for it, experience it for yourself!

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