Final Post: A Reflection on Fall 2016


The semester is over and it has been a great experience. I stayed in Japan for one more week after the end of finals to explore more of this great country. All the while, I reflected on this trip and how it has impacted my life.


Itsukushima Shrine at high tide on Miyajima Island


Sadako’s memorial standing tall


Trying Kobe Steak and tempura from street vendors along Dotonbori


Happy deers in Nara


A little bit of gold in the darkness


Twisting paths along Fushimi Inari Shrine’s senbon torii


The godairiki stones from Sumiyoshi Taisha

While all of these experiences individually impacted me, I have to say that I was mostly changed by the people I met along the way on this journey. From the other study abroad students to the students from Kaetsu University to the residents I met on the streets of Itabashi City – everybody has changed me a little bit or helped me to grow.


Thank you Kaetsu Univ. students – you taught me more Japanese than any class ever could


Thanks, Azumi, for being a great friend from day 1

This semester was difficult, as being far away from home is always difficult, but it’s kind of like the lights I saw in Yoyogi Park. The full beauty of the lights cannot be appreciated without the darkness to accent it. I hope to return to appreciate its beauty again soon.


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