New Student Orientation Outing: Ice Skating at Toshimaen

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The day of the orientation outing was a fun and charming event! To begin, my breakfast: a curry-filled pastry that was warm and delicious and crunchy. This was probably the best thing I’ve eaten so far.

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We walked to the station to transfer to the JR trains, which travel on the above-ground tracks. So far the weather has been very nice, sunny and around 40°F.

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Toshimaen is an amusement park in Nerima, Tokyo, that has a variety of roller coasters and rides. In the Winter, the most exciting attraction is the ice rink.

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It was beautiful during sunset!

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There was a happy crowd at the rink; it was a great clear winter evening.

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Toshimaen is a family park, so there were plenty of adorable children with their happy families enjoying the rink.

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Skating is a surprisingly great way to get to know people, especially when there is a need for a shoulder or two.

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As the sun went further down, there were lights revealed on all of the trees and buildings.

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Night fell and suddenly the park was completely lit up!

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After returning to the dorms, we hit the vending machines for a much-needed hot chocolate. In Japan, the variety of hot beverages is impressive, especially the hot ginger ale!

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And finally, a casual dinner:

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