Isshin Teshima

Isshin Teshima
  • Hometown: Midlothian, VA
  • Major(s): Government & Chinese Language and Literature
  • Graduate Student, Waseda University; Tokyo, Japan

About Isshin Teshima

Hello fellow readers! My name’s Isshin, though if you’re on this “about” page, I’m guessing you probably already know that by now! I graduated with the Class of 2011 from the College of William and Mary with a double major in government and Chinese Studies.

For the past year, I’ve spent many months in the mid-Atlantic region engulfed in the job search like most recent graduates from universities across the nation. I learned many a valuable skill, and how to navigate I-95 like a true pro. But unfortunately, I felt that most of the opportunities available were not appropriate for my career path. Eventually, a certain trip back to my origins served as a form of enlightenment for where I wanted to be in life.

Currently, I am pursuing my Master’s Degree in International Relations at Waseda University’s Graduate School of Asia-Pacific Studies in Tokyo, Japan. Yes, I know, Tokyo; probably the farthest I could go from homey Williamsburg and the exact mirror opposite in terms of culture.

And as I have not lived in Japan since I was five, it’s bound to be quite the experience! I don’t know quite yet, but I’m thinking that a lot of what I learned at William & Mary will be able to be applied over there, and I’m looking forward to being able to share with you my experiences both good and bad.

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you have a fun time reading about my adventures as much as I had writing about them!

Posts by Isshin Teshima

Into the metropolis

September 10, 2012-Gakushikaikan: Jimbocho, Tokyo, Japan Even though we left Dulles 20 minutes late due to “CVV cleaning” (whatever the heck that is) we

The Long Awaited Voyage

As I patiently wait in the terminal at Dulles International Airport for my flight to Tokyo, I found myself pondering the events of the

The Evolution of Democracy

In 1989, IR scholar Francis Fukuyama published a thesis arguing that democracy was the last known socioeconomic system that had defeated all other ideologies.

Whatever happened to America’s free press?

Being a journalist used to be my dream, now, I'm not so sure anymore...

Water clear as day

July 29, 2011 –Asuke, Aichi Prefecture, Japan Now that I’d finally made it to Japan, sadly, my family came to the realization that this

A different kind of Funeral

July 28, 2011–Okazaki City, Aichi Prefecture, Japan Greetings readers, long time no see, I hear that the weather over in America right now is

(Hu)man’s best friend

Recently, I saw an episode of the science show “NOVA” which showcased an interesting research question in the field of biology right now: are

Life after graduation

Long time no see to all of you blog readers! I know that I haven’t been the most frequent of blog posters, and for

Writing from Maine-Part 1

(Sudbury Inn—Bethel, Maine) Hi readers! Long time no see, I guess that’s quite the big understatement since I seem to have not written a