Photo courtesy of Kim
The one thing I appreciate about living in Japan is the availability and ease of eating fresh sushi. Back when I was in the US, sushi for me was usually considered a dinner affair, and commonly came with good ‘ole americanizations like the addition of cream cheese and mangoes, accompanied with names like “Dragon Roll” and “Caterpillar Roll”. While neither a fanatic nor a strict purist, I must admit I prefer the traditional style of sushi and since beginning my studies here in Japan, I have yet to pass up a chance to consume it.
Photo courtesy of Kim
During our recent field trip to the Institute of Energy Economics Japan (IEEJ), it was suggested that we have a little GPES bonding session by eating a sushi breakfast at the Tsukiji Market. Good company and good food first thing in the morning? How could I refuse!
Photo courtesy of Yue Chin
Off we went to the market at 6am (it takes about 1 hour from Komaba 1 campus). Initially, we had a difficult time deciding between the various restaurants, but in the end, settled for Itadori, a cozy sushi bar located somewhere in the inner folds of Tsukiji. There, we were served by a senior sushi chef and his apprentice. Everything was prepared fresh before us, and boy, was the food
better than the ones at the canteen good! There were periods of comfortable silence when everyone was just enjoying their food, and I couldn’t help but feel despite the numerous hiccups in the program, how lucky I was to be in this wonderful city, learning with and from this group of wonderful people.
After our meal, we wondered around a little (Fun fact: Tsukiji is in fact, not only a fish market but also a vegetable market! So when you visit, please make sure to explore around. You will be sure to find some delightful shops!) before leaving the market with satisfied tummies, ready to learn at our meeting with IEEJ. You can read more about this visit from Kim’s blogpost: IEEJ INSTITUTE OF ENERGY ECONOMICS VISIT JUNE 13, 2014.
Till next time,
GPES Seminar with focus on Biology presented by Prof. Tobias I. Baskin of the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.
The title of this seminar will be: “Plant growth: Scaling up from cell to stem” and will be mainly about plant cytoskeleton ( they use it to stabilize their cells and transport substances inside and outside of the cells).
However the seminar will also be of interest to those without a biology background since he said he will start his talk from a sustainability perspective and will try to make it as easy to understand as possible for non-bio students.
So don’t miss out on this opportunity.
For detailed information, please consult semi TB1
(Picture source: http://www.ecs.umass.edu)
The students of the Graduate Program on Environmental Sciences at the University of Tokyo are pleased to announce that their new student website containing general information, program updates and most importantly individual student blogs of each GPES student that allows followers and occasional visitors to learn more about the research activities of each student enrolled in the GPES program.
Hello, I am Yue Chin, a 1st-year GPES Master student.
Please have a look at my student profile (http://wp.me/P4zqTn-D).
Hello everyone, my name is Kim and I am a 2nd-year Ph.D student in the University of Tokyo GPES program.
Please check my student profile http://wp.me/P4zqTn-B and my blogs.
If you have questions or comments, please leave them in the comment section or send me an e-mail, I will try to answer them as fast as possible.
Hello, I am Yang, a 1-st year GPES Ph.D. student.
Please have a look at my student profile (http://wp.me/P4zqTn-z).
Hello, I am Andi, a 1st year GPES Master student.
Please have look at my profile page (http://wp.me/P4zqTn-x).
Hello, I am Amelia, a 1st year GPES Master’s student (http://wp.me/P4zqTn-v).
I am highly excited to communicate with you via this blog, where I will be posting updates on my educational journey at The University of Tokyo and Japan in general.
I hope this will be a beautiful journey, and look forward to any questions or comments you may have!