14 Nov 2019
If you come to Japan as an exchange student like me, or as a tourist, there are things to do and to be aware of. The internet is bursting with articles about Japanese culture and all the dos and don’ts. But I would like to introduce you to my top 5 tips.
21 Jan 2019
Living in the nation that is obsessed with kaizen, continuous improvement, CBS student Madina Balgabek starts noticing it in everyday life. "Japan is very good at incremental innovation and the things they come up with are so different from Europe that it leaves most people thinking ‘wow’," she says. Check out her top seven favorite places in her blog post.
26 Nov 2018
Madina Balgabeks loves the perks of student life at Waseda University. Cafés that offer students a free drink every 90 minutes, free Wi-Fi, water and seating for as many hours as you want. And stimulating experiences in class, for example, where one of her professors brought tennis rackets to class, resulting in tennis balls flying around the room!
09 Nov 2018
Finding accommodation in Tokyo might be tricky, considering the size of the population and the number of international students who come and go or come and stay. So Madina Balgabek started looking for a place as soon as she applied for the exchange program, but she quickly found out that it wasn't easy at all.
31 Oct 2018
Have you ever wondered about the limitations of human consciousness? I want to talk about depersonalization disorder. Depersonalization is a peculiar feeling of observing your own consciousness outside your body – at least that would be my way of defining it. It sounds pretty scary, doesn’t it?
25 Oct 2018
Bento boxes, cheap ramen soup, and crazy expensive apples. Madina Balgabek is doing her second exchange in Japan, this time as part of her Master's at CBS, and one way to get to know East Asian culture is to enjoy the food.
10 Oct 2018
Smiling was the first thing that I noticed when moving to Denmark from the Kazakh culture. I was shocked that everybody smiles at you and you automatically smile back.
20 Sep 2018