Dear readers,

This is your IMS former intern, Reina.

The first half of midterms have finished this week and I am pleased to welcome a Friday for a little break this weekend.  Although tedious and mind-numbing, I’ve been thoroughly enjoying my university classes this semester which makes studying somewhat easier.  My favorite class, titled “Politics of Modern Capitalism”, has by far peaked my interest as it discusses the complex yet fascinating system of capitalism and its making.  I feel as though studying capitalism and particularly financial markets is one of those subjects where the more you study it, the less you understand it.  Perhaps one day that will change.  The main things I’ve picked up from the course so far is that a majority of the economy consists of mere illusional money and capitalists are simply merchants of debt since capitalism is impossible without debt creation.  So debt is a good thing?  Funny how the world works.

This past weekend I had the joy of going snowboarding for the second time this season to Hakuba; which has way better snow than the previous location of Yuzawa in Niigata.  Not to mention the beautiful view of the Japanese Alps as you go down the slopes.  I’m happy to say that I’m starting to fall less and less on the board and have become quite comfortable with myself on the slopes, although one cannot simply have a good snowboarding session without a massive signature wipe-out.  The sport makes winter more enjoyable, hopefully I can make my way to Hakuba again this season.


Sincerely yours,

Reina T.