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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
In the beginning of the 2011-2012 school year, I attended the Asian Studies department open house. As a then prospecting Asian Studies major (now declared) I was excited for the opportunity to meet fellow Asians enthusiasts. Unknown to me, I would meet a person that would eventually play a vital role in my future.
Yesterday we woke up early to do something we have not done for awhile: go to class. We were given a fascinating lecture about the modern interpretations of Japan’s geography. Most people view Japan as a single island country, but this view neglects the thousands of islands that belong to Japan. The professor made [...]
Okinawa is an island filled with scars from World War II, and in more recent years, one of the hottest vacation spots in East Asia! Yes, culturally rich land surrounded by water is know a hot-spot of beach goers, historical buffs, and R&R hunters. I myself was born and raised in Gatlinburg, Tennessee, a [...]
Okinawa’s rich history expands far beyond its rich landscape and famous memorials. Inside the Okinawa Prefecture Archives, millions of dollars have been invested in the discovering, collecting, and storing of thousands of items that share a unique story of Okinawan history. Movies, pictures, newspapers, federal documents, and personal journals are only a few types [...]
With all the high energy that comes with exploring a new place, it is important to take time to reflect on the past that made the present possible. Okinawa is famous for its role during World War II. The Battle of Okinawa is remembered as one of the fiercest battles in history. The mix of [...]
Nations around the world look to Japan as the mecca of modernization. Tokyo itself if a massive city with high end technology and even higher costs of living. But, in the shadows of the giant buildings that mask the sky are the workers that have helped build this grand city.
In a small area [...]
In a few days I will be in my true homeland. Okay, technically it is not my real homeland, but it is a place I have longed to visit since I was a small child. That’s right, the glorious land of Japan! For years I have enjoyed the cutting edge technology and enthralling anime [...]