Life & Preparation

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October 24, 2016

Welcome to the very first post on my blog. It’s the 24th October 2016, which means that in about 312 days, I will be in Japan on my year abroad…

A little about myself; my name is Elsa, and I’m currently a second year student studying Japanese at the University of East Anglia in Norwich, UK. The third year of my degree is spent in Japan studying at university, and this blog is a way for me to essentially get myself ready for and cope with the massive change and adventure that will come into my life!


As for ‘Swan in Tokyo’; my surname originates from the Russian word for Swan, and Tokyo is definitely where I intend to go for my year out. (Simple enough)

There are many things that scare me about going to Japan; one thing in particular, is that even though it’s my degree subject, I have never actually been. I hear stories of people finding themselves, and I hear stories of people becoming cripplingly lonely. But for me, Japan will be about one thing; confidence. I want to gain the confidence to achieve everything that I’m able to, to grasp every opportunity that will come at me.

And it’s something that I have to begin to build now; already I’m stepping out of my comfort zone this year at university, from chairing a society to penpalling with Japanese individuals to contacting companies for potential graduate schemes. Something I’m constantly told as a young person about to enter the real world is Nothing is owed to you. You have to go achieve things yourself.

Which is exactly what I plan to do. I’m going to write about all of these experiences, little things, things I’ve learnt, and I will look back on it all and see that I truly made the most of my time as a student and I’ll be thankful for it.

Please join me on my journey. 行こう!