Mirva Tulonen

What you should do when leaving Japan

This is probably my last post. I figured I could clarify a bit what practicalities I had to go through as I was finishing my exchange period in Japan. Visit the Ward Office. At the office, you will cancel you residency and health insurance. I was given the needed papers and instructions for filling them…

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Return to Finland

Hello, Here I am, writing from Finland once again. My flight from Japan arrived on the afternoon of the 21st, and I am still experiencing some jetlag. This is just a quick post to share some of my thoughts about it, and after Christmas I will make another post where I will share some information…

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Autumn leaves and Christmas lights

Weather is starting to get cold even in southern Japan, Kyushu, and with it leaves in the trees start to get some color and fall. Compared to Finnish winter months the experience is quite different, since in Finland red autumn leaves and Christmas mood are far apart. But here, since Christmas is just around a…

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Only a month left :(

Hi! It’s hard to believe it’s already been well over 4 months in Japan for me. It feels like it was just last month when I left Finland. But when I think about it, a lot has happened in those 4 months and I’ve made such wonderful memories and had many different experiences that I…

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Best spots in Fukuoka

Hello! It’s already November! Time really does pass by when you’re having fun. It feels like it was just recently when I arrived to Fukuoka, and it’s hard to believe I’m leaving in one month and a half. I will really miss Fukuoka, so here I’ve listed some of my personal favorite places in Fukuoka!…

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Typhoons and deer

Hello again! It’s been a while since my last post, but my weekends have just been too busy to find time to write. Today I have no plans, so I thought I’d share my weekend trip to Osaka from the previous weekend. Me and my friend here at Seinan wanted to take a trip somewhere…

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Studies at Seinan

Hello! This time I will be telling about what kind of courses I have at Seinan Gakuin University and how my studies in Japan have been so far. As part of my preparations for exchange I needed to fill a Learning Agreement, which is basically to plan and keep track of what I do and…

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Living in Fukuoka

Hello again! This time I thought I’d write a little about living in Fukuoka and how I’ve settled down in my dorm. I’m still waiting for the culture shock to kick in properly, but so far I’ve really enjoyed my daily life here and I already know I will miss it dearly when it comes…

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Two weeks milestone

Next Wednesday I will have been exactly two weeks in Japan. So much has been going on, that two weeks sound like such a short time! I met my Japanese buddy, Seinan student Asuka shortly after arriving to Fukuoka and she helped me to get to know the city a bit better. We even visited…

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