Elena and her fellow study abroad students visited Harajuku, Tokyo while on her study abroad. Harajuku is also known as the fashion district. Elena Stidham, photo provided. opinion 8/20/2019, 12:00pm Loud and Clear: 6 things I learned from studying abroad By Elena Stidham A month in Japan taught me more than any classroom. This June I was given the wonderful opportunity to study abroad in Japan. I have always wanted to go, and after I took my first Japanese language class, I thought it would be even more rewarding to be able to experience the culture and practice my new skills.