The Waseda Daigaku in Shinjuku, Tokyo is one of the most prestigious private universities in Japan and Asia. It is known for its liberal climate symbolized by the motto, “independence of learning”. Their School of Political Science and Economics has significant influence on Japanese society. It is often abbreviated as “Soudai”.
I have a final tomorrow but instead of studying I got dragged to go eat lunch in Takadanobaba, which is the same station I’ll be using once I move to Waseda next week. Takadanobaba was actually really pretty to look at, if you like lots of colored signs that is.
For lunch I had some zaru udon (which to be honest I had no idea what it was other than noodles until it showed up, and even after it showed up I didn’t really know how to eat it).
After lunch we decided to walk through Takadanobaba and check out Waseda University since not everyone I was with is actually going to Waseda. The campus was actually really pretty, and of course better than Keio’s (ignore the obligational rivalry).
We checked out the student-store thing (it was more like a cafe that also had Waseda goods…) and they had some hilarious things like Waseda jeans, chopsticks, and even perfume. But the best part was checking out Okuma Garden, or what we could of it since it was closed today. The campus is surprisingly green (I remember when I used to think that about Berkeley…)