My name is Rochelle Reijme, living in the Kita-Ikebukuro share house, and I have been an intern at Come on Up Tokyo since August 2018!
To get to know me a bit more I will explain a little bit about me and where I’m from. I am a 22-year-old exchange student from the Netherlands, Rotterdam. I was born in a small village called Dordrecht, the Netherlands, but moved to Paramaribo, Suriname (South-America), as soon as I turned four. I lived and went to school there for 1 year before returning to the Netherlands, Rotterdam. As I grew up being multilingual and could understand English better than Dutch, I wanted my university study to be completely in English. This brought me to the study course I am currently following at the Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences called ‘’Trade Management Asia’’. Here I got the choice of going abroad for a whole year to Indonesia, China or Japan and being a city girl I chose Japan, Tokyo the most innovative country of the world over everything else.
I came to Japan, enrolled as an exchange student at the J.F. Obirin University in Machida, Sagamihara, at the end of March this year. It was the first time for me going to Asia, traveling alone and being all by myself. Going to a Japanese University for 5 months was a new and interesting experience. During this time, I learned more about Japanese culture, the language, youth culture and got a taste of what the Tokyo city life was about. I met various people and made great long-time friends during this time and I hope to continue doing so for the rest of my stay in Japan.
To complete my study abroad I started my internship at Come on Up. The company placed me in their Kita-Ikebukuro share-house, which is an amazing location for me as I have been yearning to live closer to the city. Getting up and close with the city life of Tokyo made me fall in love with Japan even more. This share-house life style has already given me more friends and new and fun experiences.
I like exploring cities, bars, restaurants, museum etc! Therefore, I do have various places that I can recommend, from a foreigner’s perspective, for those who want to explore and experience new places and events. During my time here at Come on Up I will try my best to provide you with as many interesting and exciting locations and events as possible.