Author Archives: Claire Cooper

About Claire Cooper

Claire Cooper is a blond-haired, blue-eyed Japanese major in the Georgetown College who’s spending a year at Keio University in Tokyo. Born and raised in Nashville, Tennessee, she is famed for telling a classmate he wasn’t pronouncing “kimono” correctly. While the Japanese language owns her soul, in her free time, Claire enjoys looking up silly samurai names, brewing a variety of teas, and scrapbooking her various exploits.

Time to Say Sayonara

As everyone else is writing their “Welcome!” posts, I’m saying good-bye to Japan. It was an amazing year, and looking back on where I was 10 months ago, I can only say I’m a changed person because of my year … Continue reading

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A blast from the past…

First off, I’d like to offer a warm welcome to the incoming bloggers! I can’t wait to read about what adventures your semester or year-abroad brings. Also, I should also offer my apologies for my lack of posts – I … Continue reading

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Asakusa Sanja Festival (or Attack of the Roaming Shrines)

This past weekend I had the honor of attending Tokyo’s largest Shinto festival, the Asakusa Sanja Festival, which honors three men (now kami or Shinto gods) who are credited with beginning Senso-ji, the main temple of Asakusa, presently an important … Continue reading

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Leaving Kyoto…

Sadly (for me mostly), my vacation saga ends here, which means that I had to leave the whimsy of feudal Japan and return to the everyday rush of Tokyo. (Perhaps “whimsy” is a bad word for feudal Japan. But still, … Continue reading

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The Old Capitol

Many countries tout an old capitol – someplace that was at the center of political, economic and military strength for hundreds or perhaps thousands of years and then discarded when modernization or necessity (sometimes both) required it. Japan is no … Continue reading

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Ah, the serenity of Japanese gardens, white gloves and bullhorns…

Over the past few weeks, I’ve been finishing up Spring Break over here, which is pretty much the longest and most restful break of the Japanese school year. I was lucky enough to have my parents come visit me for … Continue reading

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A popular question I’ve been getting…

Tomorrow, I’m heading off to be all touristy with my family, but before then I wanted to try to answer a few questions concerning Japanese society that I’ve been getting from friends back home who are confused about the population … Continue reading

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A sleepy shot of Japanese culture…

Yesterday, I had the pleasure of witnessing Noh theater firsthand. This past semester, I took a course on Noh (能) that had the bad luck of being scheduled on a Friday afternoon, meaning there were only two students taking it … Continue reading

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It’s a metaphor…

I have just returned from the field of battle. No, not the airport. In fact, I was able to return home for the holidays for a short while and did have to brave the airport then, but came back to … Continue reading

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Christmas in Ye Old Japan

Oh, OIP Blog, it’s been too long. The sudden uplift in my social life and the crazy rush that usually accompanies the month of December have conspired to keep me away from you and your wily, internet ways. But today, … Continue reading

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