Travels throughout Japan

This is my 3rd trip to Japan. I’ve been interested in the country since I was a child and always jump on an opportunity to come to this beautiful country. My father was born in Fukuoka so I spent my Christmas there (although my family is back home in Florida). It was nice but it…

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A Taste of Japan

Above is a photo close to the entrance of Fushimi Inari in Kyoto, Japan. There are an abundance of temples, shrines, and other buildings with spectacular architecture but this area is one of the most famous. Not necessarily for this photo but mostly for the thousands of Torii gates as shown at the bottom of…

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Back to Japan!

Greetings! My name is Oakley and I’m a junior at Rollins College. I am double majoring in International Business and Asian Studies at Rollins College. Last year, I studied abroad in China and this year I’m at it again but, this time, in Japan! Things have been quite hectic and busy for me (more than…

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  Greetings! I’m Oakley, a student from Rollins College double majoring in international business and Asian studies. Last fall, I studied in Shanghai at the Shanghai University of Finance and Economics. This summer, I studied at Peking University in Beijing. I, unexpectedly, came home for about six days before my program with Kansai Gaidai in…

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Finally stateside

The semester is over; 2016 wraps to a close. I spent about six months outside of the country this year traveling to Ecuador, the Philippines, Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand, Japan, and China. I can’t emphasize enough how much there is to learn by expanding your horizons in a literal sense as well as mentally. The unique…

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Another trip before departure

The past 4 months have really flown by. I have been to many countries spanning North America, South America, and Asia. Part of the reason I love to travel isn’t just to go sightsee. Each time I go to a new place, meet new people, get to know new cultures and have new experiences, it…

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Migrant School

As the end of the program approaches, we received a wonderful opportunity to volunteer at a migrant school located somewhere along the outskirts of Shanghai. When we arrived at the school, the kids were incredibly ecstatic to see foreigners coming. We started off by playing duck, duck, goose then split up into different groups doing…

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Missed opportunities or future opportunities?

As the final week of school draws to a close, I am still spending time with my Chinese before getting ready to pack my things and head back home. Last night I ate at another fantastic restaurant in Wujiaochang that sells Xinjiang cuisine. It was very similar to the type of food that we had…

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Short trip to Japan

  Last weekend, two other friends from Rollins (Mikolaj Geritz and Jonathan Guacaneme) spent the weekend in Japan. We managed to visit Tokyo, Kyoto, Osaka, and Nara all within 3 days and it was absolutely wonderful. From the excellent food, temples, shrines, and—of course—video games in Tokyo, to Fushimi Inari Shrine in Kyoto, to Nara…

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