Trip To Nikko

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What better way to procrastinate during Finals than to travel to another city for a day? Well that’s how the architects do it! Our architecture professors, the wonderful Dr. Deanna MacDonald, James Lambiasi, and Naho Degawa took the architecture students on a one day trip to Nikko!

 

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Sanjinko (Three Sacred Storehouses)

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The Shinkyo Bridge (神橋, Shinkyō, “sacred bridge”)

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I swear I didn’t plan the matching scarf! Photo Credit: the wonderful Opalia Meade

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After spending 15 hours each week together in classes and field trips, I can’t believe I’m saying this but…I’ll miss them.

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Architecture students in front of Nikkō Tōshō-gū

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The beautiful Opalia Meade in front of the Shinkyo Bridge 神橋

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Tosho-gu shrine. The first ever colored shrine we have ever seen.

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Architecture students and professors at the Tosho-gu shrine. Photo Credit: The Great Dr. Deanna MacDonald

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Constructing the beauty of nature

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Flip it with the The Gojunoto Pagoda. Photo Credit: Opalia Meade

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The force of nature!

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It’s very beautiful to sit and relax during Finals Week!

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Nikko is known for their tofu and let me tell you..that was the best tofu I have ever had!

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Enjoying the end of the trip with a view of Lake Chūzenji

After a great view of watching the sunset, we went to catch out trains, but not until we got a glimpse of the Yayoi Festival.

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Yayoi Festival

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Yayoi Festival

The Yayoi Festival occurs April 13-17, where the main event is on the 17th. For the Yayoi Festival, floats “hana-yatai” visit towns with food and drinks to signal the arrival of Spring. It was a humbling experience to watch the small town come outside and share an evening of laughter and happiness.

 

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