My YFU Host Counselor
Each student that travels with YFU has a host counselor to assist in any
problems that may arise while abroad. Fortunately, I didn't have any
problems, but my counselor did take me out on the town one day. We hit
all of the famous places in downtown Tokyo.
Ginza was about like a imagined: a lot like Michigan Avenue, only the
shops were more expensive and the land prices are truly astronomical.
The day that we visited, the main street was closed to traffic and
transformed into a "pedestrian paradise." You have to go see Ginza, but
you definitely don't have to buy anything there.
Imperial Visit After eating at a fine restaurant outside the
imperial palace complex, we went for a walk through the imperial gardens.
I think it is nearly impossible to get anywhere near the actual imperial
home. There are a couple guards that you can see at the end of the palace
driveway, but otherwise the visit is uneventful. Yes, there is a
"changing of the guard" occasionally if you are in to that sort of thing.
One final stop on that day's tour was the main campus of Waseda
University. Waseda is not well-known in America (nothing outside of
America is well-known in America), but it is one of the best private
universities in Japan. I knew a friend who was preparing to study in
their International Division for one year, so I thought I would stop by
and see what a big-city campus looks like. Little did I know that I
would study at the university three years later.