Before going to Sweden

Before going to Sweden

Hello. こんにちは (Means “hello” in Japanese.)

I’m Ruka Matsushita from Osaka, Japan. My university in Japan is located at Kyoto, so I can write little about there as well. I study international relations at my university in Kyoto, and will study mainly tourism at Södertörns University in Sweden. The reason why I choose Sweden for my study abroad was because of refugee problems, and high quality of welfare system in Sweden. Because I am a student of international relations, I want to keep my study of international issues going on inside the EU. Also, since Japan is getting aging society, I would like to learn the Swedish high quality welfare system.

My university, Ritsumeikan University, Kyoto

My university, Ritsumeikan University, Kyoto

On this blog, I would like to write my life stories living in Sweden, and inside the EU countries. (I have lived in New York for three years, but this is my first time to live inside the Europe.) I would also like to tell my impression about them from my perspectives. So, my blog will be kind like easygoing. Please feel free to read.

Anyway, I am staying at Paris for a week right now. I will go to Sweden in couple days. I came here to “feel” the Europe before visiting Sweden and to meet my girlfriend who lives in here. Even before visiting Paris, I stayed at London for couple days to see the impact of Brexit, but could not feel any impact of it just staying there for only couple days.

View of Paris from Montparnasse Tower

View of Paris from Montparnasse Tower

This is my first time to study abroad only myself. Before going there, I went to many Japanese summer festival called “Matsuri” to feel the Japanese culture. I am very excited to tell our Japanese culture to many other students.

One of the top three famous Matsuri in Japan – Gion Matsuri

One of the top three famous Matsuri in Japan – Gion Matsuri

I am very excited to live in Sweden, but at the same time, I also feel very nervous about living way far from my home country. I only met up with two Swedish student in my university, and that’s it. It is very difficult to meet up with Swedish people in Japan, and more to communicate. As a result for this, I only know about the Sweden from internet. Most nervous thing is food. As you might know that Japanese food is very special even in the bundle of Asian cuisine. We have IKEA in Japan as well, and I do know the type of Swedish cuisine, but yet, still nervous about it. But, looking forward to have wonderful time at Sweden during my study abroad.

I would like to post more blogs after I move to Sweden.

Sayonara!