As a part of our Cambridge MBA experience, we have something called Special Interest Groups (SIGs). These vary from finance, and gender equality, to country-related interests like Japan. Our classmates in the Japan SIG planned a Japan Trek – an amazing week for us to share their culture and showcase their amazing country over our ‘spring break’ period.
We started the week in Kyoto. We saw lots of temples and shrines throughout the day – absolutely stunning. After our time in Kyoto, we took the bullet train to Hakone. Another stunningly beautiful place. We left a wish for our class at the Shrine of Academic Success – we got this y’all. Our night in Hakone was spent at a traditional Japanese hotel and we slept on mattresses on the floor and everything! We had a lovely dinner while there and learned some party games too. From there we made our way to Tokyo, but first, we stopped at a volcano with great views of Mt. Fuji. We ate hard-boiled eggs that are supposed to add seven years to our life – can’t hurt. Then we took the gondola down the mountain to a little lake. We rode the ship across the lake and hopped on another bus to Tokyo!
On Friday, a few of us made the trek to Tokyo Disney – Disney Sea. We love Disney and seeing as I’ve only been to Disney World in Florida, it was really great to see a different offering. Naturally, we all had to get some ears for the occasion. Only covered my eyes once on a scary rollercoaster #growth.
Japan was incredible, and I cannot imagine seeing it in any other setting. It was so special to experience the country through the eyes of my MBA classmates. They shared their favourite places, foods, and traditions with us. Over the course of this week, I had the chance to form strong bonds with classmates that I hadn’t before and there is nothing better than that!
I highly recommend this trip to any future MBA students – you will not regret it!