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Streicker Snapshot: Tyler Simko '18 in Tokyo, Japan

Streicker Snapshot: Tyler Simko '18 in Tokyo, Japan

Aug. 11, 2017

This summer, I’ve been working and studying as a researcher at The University of Tokyo in Japan. Here are some of the pictures I’ve taken along the way:

This is what the typical street in Tokyo looks like.

 

Here is Yasuda Auditorium, a centerpiece of The University of Tokyo’s Hongo Campus. The University of Tokyo (colloquially called Todai) is spread around the city, but I do most of my work in and around the Institute of Social Science on the Hongo Campus.

 

Here is a Todai lecture hall where we had one of our precepts.

 

Tokyo is one of the largest metropolitan areas in the world, so things get busy - especially its downtown areas.

 

The Japanese tradition of ‘landscape gardens’ designed to highlight Japanese aesthetic ideals is strong in Tokyo. This picture is from a park called Rikugien (六義園), which is about a block away from my apartment.

 

Thanks to the incredible hospitality of some students in my Todai course (and Japan’s remarkable public transportation system), I’ve had the opportunity to spend most of my weekends traveling. Above are some pictures of Enoshima, a beautiful island off of Japan’s east coast. The final picture shows Shirasu (白子), a local specialty- if you look closely, you can see that the white bits in the front are small, individual fish.

 

Here are a few more pictures from a trip to Kyoto, the long-time former capital of Japan. I think that it’s fair to say that Kyoto is generally considered a more traditional, relaxing city than Tokyo - a description that seems to comes through fairly well in these pictures.

 

Tokyo’s bay area is particularly beautiful at night, especially the famous ‘Rainbow Bridge.’

 

Here are some more pictures from Tokyo, featuring the Akihabara area, sushi, and the view from the Tokyo Skytree, the tallest structure in Japan (and the second tallest in the world).



Tyler is one of 12 undergraduates who were awarded 2017 Streicker International Fellowships. Streicker Fellows design their own projects or internships in conjunction with a hosting organization. Tyler conducted research at the University of Tokyo, where he worked on projects related to political methodology and causal inference, including statistical analyses of electoral accountability and public education.

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