Welcome to Tokyo! I’m Justin Prescott, class of 2009. I majored in economics and minored in Japanese at Clemson. I work at EY Japan in strategy consulting and lead Clemson’s (still unofficial) alumni group in Japan. I’ve spent my professional career in Japan, Indonesia and Singapore, but I’ve spent the most time in Tokyo, so let me show you around.
1| Tokyo Station
Located on the eastern side of the city, Tokyo Station is a popular attraction as it was recently renovated with its iconic brick façade preserved. The surrounding area has a number of buildings famous for their mixture of new and old architecture, like the Kitte building. For food and drink, I recommend the ninth floor of the Shin-Maru building, which has a terrace overlooking Tokyo Station.
PRO TIP: Compared to Shibuya and west Tokyo, the crowd around here is more mature, making this area great for date night.
2| The Imperial Palace
Just a short walk away from Tokyo Station, the Imperial Palace grounds are beautiful — perfect for a jog to cure your jet lag. Although the central area of the palace is only accessible on rare occasions, there is still plenty to see, especially if you’re able to visit when the cherry trees are in bloom.
3| Kichijoji/Inokashira Park
Located a bit outside of the city, Kichijoji is a neighborhood escape from the busy central Tokyo atmosphere. Inokashira Park is home to the Ghibli Museum, a must for Studio Ghibli fans, and Kichijoji has good shopping options with both high brands and quirky secondhand clothiers.
One of Tokyo’s most famous areas and the site of the world’s busiest pedestrian intersection (the Shibuya Scramble), Shibuya is a great place to visit, especially for the younger crowd looking for solid night life, food that you probably should only eat while you’re still young and all-night karaoke.
PRO TIP: Check out Dogenzaka for a picture with the iconic Hachiko statue.
Although Ebisu is just one stop from Shibuya by train, the vibe is totally different. Home to the headquarters of Sapporo and Ebisu beer, Ebisu claims some great upscale restaurants, including M House for western-style brunch, Day & Night Café — one of the only places in Tokyo to get a real pulled pork barbecue sandwich, y’all — and the famous Afuri Ramen shop.
PRO TIP: For a more daring culinary experience, go to Niku-Zushi, which serves sushi using nearly raw beef.
Phil ’83, Ann ’87, Gracie ’19 and Wilson ’13 Scott found a Clemson-colored beach hut among many others on Brighton Beach in Melbourne. “I had a presentation I was giving in Melbourne, Australia, at the Sigma Theta Tau International Research Congress (Nursing Honor Society),” Ann says. “We turned it into a family vacation.”
Robert Bussmann ’16, Michael Dolan ’15 and Matt Koch ’15, all second lieutenants, in Fort Rucker, Ala., celebrating Dolan’s graduation from the U.S. Army’s flight school where he learned to fly the CH-47F Chinook, a heavy-lift cargo helicopter.
We saved for about a year and a half for a backpacking trip across Europe and our Tiger rag (a special one made for Pixie and Bills where we both have been employed for years) was the primary thing we wanted in our pack to document every locale we ended up adventuring to. After 16 different stops in 10 different countries, we found it insanely ironic that in our final spot on our journey (Oslo, Norway) there was a tiger statue right outside of the train station where we arrived. So of course we found this plaza to be the PERFECT spot for our final picture on the trip; aka as always, GO TIGERS!
Seven Clemson friends vacationed in Paris, their second trip together since graduating two years ago. While vacationing in Paris, they took a day trip to Champagne, France, to tour different chateaus. This picture was taken outside of Chateau Moet and Chandon.
Back row: Jenn Fantin ’12, Casey Hobbs ’13; front row: Gab Valentini ’12, Talysa Glogower ’12, Anna Finke ’12, Taylor Long ’12, Erin Scheuer ’12.