Japan May X has come to a close. I type this very blog as we soar over the Pacific Ocean. I am sad to be leaving, but I have a lot to look forward to at home. I look forward to sharing my stories with my friends and family, although it will be very [...]
It was in the May of 2012 and the weather that night was not too bad. Our Boeing-777 that carried our excitement was landed on Okinawa. To me, Okinawa is Ryukyu Kingdom because of its tie with Chinese dynasties before the Sino-Japanese war. I did not know what to expect in Okinawa. I first imagined [...]
Mao and Yayi, two Chinese students, were the only people I knew going into this program. Mao I have talked to throughout the year, so he was my fail-safe friend. Yayi, however, . . . I will have to return to her later. But as for the rest, I was in a room [...]
6,140 vs. 1,000:
Towards the end of our stay in Tokyo, I made a comment to Jack that I was going to finally count all the coins I had just thrown and my backpack and speculated that I could have as much as 2,000 yen collected. I was wrong. [...]
The NPO Outreach center in the Sanya area of Tokyo as well as a man who works there handing out tea cigarettes and other commodities to those in need.
Starting the trip with a hefty reading on the Sanya area of Tokyo, it felt fitting that we wrapped up the trip with a visit [...]
Yes, my overall impression is not the last post!
I just woke up on my own bed in China. Believe me, it’s great experience. After nine months and a half without coming back home for even once, I finally came back. In the airport my mom saw my huge bag that I got in Okinawa [...]
I’m now sitting in Pudong international airport to wait for my flight home. This is a weird experience because when I went to the bathroom earlier, I didn’t see those complicated buttons on the toilet. Even though it’s still kanji and English all over the place, something has changed, especially the toilets.
I enjoyed the [...]
With all the hustle and bustle of city living, we took a morning to reach back into our memory banks and build upon a former reading: Son-ya, a poverty stricken worker district of Tokyo. The archetype has existed throughout human history, and it a testament to the shortcomings of humanity. No matter the [...]
As I sit on my bed in the 7th floor of the Sakura Hotel in Ikebukuro, I realize that I…don’t really know what to say about my overall experience (and this is in a good way)! I am speechless. This experience has been, by far, one of the best I have ever had! (I mean, [...]
Before this trip, I considered myself a well-traveled person, having gone on a study away trip in the fall that allowed me to travel all over Europe. For me, traveling to Japan is on a totally different level than going to a country in Europe. In Europe, it is easier to communicate and read [...]