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A shrine to honor the dead confuses peace with war, and forgiveness with forgetfulness

This is another blog I composed for the Junior Year Abroad Network: On a rainy afternoon after my Japanese history class, I decided to explore a jinja (shrine) in the neighborhood of the university campus–one known for its imperial grandeur. … Continue reading

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The campus that bans bicycles

I was delighted with my new bike.  Of course, it was not really a ‘new’ bike, since I bought it second hand—but that made it even more special.  I had been in Japan a mere six days and managed to … Continue reading

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Suicide in Tokyo: a nuisance, a right, or a crisis?

This is a blog that I wrote in May for the Junior Year Abroad Network, and I want to share it here: The Japanese take great pride in having the most punctual train system in the world. If there is … Continue reading

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Japanese Lesson Day 5

“Chotoo…” a smooth female voice flows from my computer.  I immediately repeat these foreign syllables; they fall out of my mouth and hit the ground vaguely resembling the sounds of my Japanese computer program.  A male voice interrupts me “This … Continue reading

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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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