Nara & Tenkawamura

Nara Prefecture ー Another weekend, another chance to get out and explore! This week I went to a number of different places all throughout Nara Prefecture. The weekend started out by taking a train to Shigisan where we then walked up a mountain to a big organic farm to go strawberry picking. However, unlike your... Continue Reading →

Amanohashidate

Amanohashidate, Kyoto Prefecture ー It has been quite some time since my last blog post. Things have been very busy here between exams, winter holidays, and university applications. It's hard to believe that it is already 2018 - Happy New Year - and that there are only a couple months left in the prep year.... Continue Reading →

Tomogashima

Tomogashima, Wakayama Prefecture ー Another weekend, another chance to get away from campus and explore the Kansai region of Japan! This weekend I went to Wakayama Prefecture, just south of Osaka, for the first time. It takes around 2 and a half hours to get to Wakayama Station from Minoh and then another quick trip... Continue Reading →

Kyoto

Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture ー Exams are finally over and in celebration of surviving 2 stressful weeks, I decided to go to Kyoto for a day to do some sightseeing. Kyoto is only an hour away from the university campus by bus and train, so it's actually closer than central Osaka. The first stop was Byodoin... Continue Reading →

Kobe

Kobe, Hyogo Prefecture ー Summer break is finally here, and with more free time, I'm hoping to update my blog a few times this month. For the past few weeks, the temperature has been well over 30 degrees every day (it often reaches 40). Paired with humidity of at least 60-70 percent, it's really, really... Continue Reading →

Himeji Castle & Hiroshima

Minoh, Osaka ー This past Thursday and Friday, Osaka University organized a trip to Himeji Castle and Hiroshima for all of the exchanges students. We were joined by a few other nearby universities and were 165 people in total. Himeji Castle Originally built in 1333, Himeji Castle has been designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and... Continue Reading →

Golden Week

Osaka City ー Now that classes are in full swing, school has been getting busy! We have a kanji (Chinese character) test almost every day and a lot of vocabulary quizzes too. There is a lot to learn in only one year. My most recent task has been to remember the 17 eras of Japan and put... Continue Reading →

First Impressions

Osaka Prefecture ー After 26 hours of travel, I finally arrived in Osaka, Japan on April 3rd. I have now been in Japan for 2 weeks and am settling into my new environment. I am living with students from all around the world and together we have explored Minoh City and some other amazing places around... Continue Reading →

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