University of Tokyo

The University of Tokyo (東京大学) is the oldest university in Japan and it is abbreviated as todai/東大 or UTokyo.

Previously I made a post summarizing my experience in UTokyo but I been asked to elaborate and answer a few questions; I’ll try my best to provide information.

If you are thinking to study abroad and UTokyo is in your mind let me tell you that you have to do a looooot of work and study ~~

 

 

 

 I spent most of my time in Hongo campus located in Bunkyo-ku. Hongo is famous for the Red Gate ( akamon/赤門), Sanshiro pond,  Yasuda building.

 

What is it like to study in todai ?

  • Interrupting the lecture to ask a question is not as common as in other countries. Most students wait at the end of the class to ask questions to their professor. This isn’t necessary a rule; it depends on your professor.
    I had a professor who loved student’s input so much that if no one wanted to talk he’d pick on a random student and make him/her express their thinking ~ it got really funny at times ~~
  • Though I wasn’t taking Japanese language classes, every other Friday we had a seminar for international students to learn about Japanese culture or general knowledge.
    The seminar wasn’t taught by a professor but it was by guest speakers from very important companies or strong academic background.
  • My favorite seminar was from Mr. Yoshinobu Nakamura (Executive Adviser, Relo Panasonic Excel International Co.Ltd.) Mr. Nakamura reminded that imagination is more important than knowledge.
  • My favorite places to study or read books were the library, Sanshiro pond, akamon shop, civil engineer building or near Kasuga gate.
  • A lot of people refer to buildings by  its number instead of their name ~ I am not sure if this is culture or a preference but I heard many times something like “I study in building 74” and I’d be confused ~~

 

What was your student life like?

At the time I was doing an internship so there were events or experiences that I probably missed ~
During my time in todai I’d go to class and make plans with my friends to study, dine out, weekend plans, shopping, etc.
My favorite event was May Festival and I enjoyed watching sports specially lacrosse, martial arts and baseball and visiting the university’s museums or Gotenshita Memorial Arena lol

 

Do you have any funny or strange experience ?

  • Once a group of tourists approached on campus and asked me “What is this place? we saw the red gate and thought it was a temple but it doesn’t look …” when I told them about the university they felt excited and I ended up giving them a quick tour
  • Not strange but If you are a Hachiko fan I highly recommend to visit Yayoi campus which is next to Hongo campus.

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Did  you like campus food?

Yes, the food in the cafeteria it is very delicious and you can have a full meal for less than $5 U.S dollars.
Also There are many coffee shops or convenient stores on campus 🙂

 

 

 

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The computing fascility has a very unique design and place with wooden strips; my friend recommended me to try dessert too 🙂

 

If you are planning to apply to UTokyo or will be a student please make you sure to get the best out of every single experience.
My hard work really paid off and I am very happy I was part of this institution 🙂
The hardest part was to leave  my friends but I know those friendships are lasting.
Please enjoy a few of shots from UTokyo’s beautiful campus.

 

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