Final Blog

During my time in Japan, I found a lot of different impressions from people about Chinese. Because of my identity, I could fit in society easily since Chinese and Japanese look similar. However, my identity also caused many people from other countries to ask questions about Chinese people such as they are rude and they talk…

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4th Blog

During my time in Japan, I learned a lot of things such as festivals and culture especially the geisha culture of Japan. I took a class of geisha culture and I got a chance to learn about the things that can not learn elsewhere. I also got a chance to go the hanamachi to see…

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Missing Home

I think that being homesick has been the worst part of being abroad. With every new experience, I think of ways I want to share it with my family and friends. Not only am I homesick for my family and friends in Florida, but I am so homesick for American food. It has been amazing…

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Naritasan-fudoson Temple

Today I took a field trip to the Naritasan-fudoson Temple with my pilgrimage class. We got on the train from Hirakata station and headed to Korien station. When we first got down, I was a little disappointed because the weather was very gloomy. I had been looking forward to this trip because I thought it…

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3rd Blog

During the time abroad so far, I haven’t felt I’m actually an outsider in Japan since everything is very similar to my own country: the way to take the train, my appearance, and the way people talk. I could easily get into society. This helps me learned that when people have similar culture and backgrounds, they…

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2nd Blog

I chose to study abroad in Japan because I wanted to use the language I’ve been learning since I entered college and I really like Japan, Japanese culture, and Japanese people. I wish I have an opportunity to stay in Japan for five months. Before my departure to Japan, I reviewed everything I’ve learned from class…

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Journey to Tokyo

Since I’ve been studying in the Osaka area, I’ve been to Kyoto, Nara, Kobe and a few other areas. I’ve really wanted to go and check out Tokyo for a while so I figured spring break was the perfect time. I made plans to meet up with my friend from FSU who is studying abroad…

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Fushimi Inari

My visit to the Fushimi Inari shrine was one of my first sightseeing experiences in Japan. Seeing such a magnificent structure for the first time was an incredible experience, and it was perhaps the first time I realized that photographs can only capture so much of the grandeur of reality. It was also my first…

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Cherry Blossom Season

These are pictures of cherry blossoms, called sakura in Japan, which hold a lot of significance in Japanese culture. They bloom in the spring and therefore, in Japan, symbolize a time of renewal. They only bloom for about two weeks then the blossoms start to fall and in Japan this symbolizes the fleeting nature of…

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My Trip to Ise Shrine and Meoto Iwa

On February 3rd I went to the famous Ise Shrine in Mie Prefecture. This particular spot is unique because it is the location of several Shinto shrines, and is considered to be the “soul of Japan.” On our way to see the shrines, I was amazed by the giant trees that overlapped the walkway. I found…

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