Student Voices – Kyoto (Japan: Language and Cultural Traditions – Group 1)

"The days we spend in Kyoto were some of the most adventure-filled, awe-inspiring, and emotional ones on this entire trip. Although the weather was hot, humid, and sticky, we were able to see a lot of sights and experience traditional Japanese culture with the group – such as the Kiyomizu Dera Shrine, the Fushimi Inari …

Homestay Experiences (Japan: Japanimation-Anime and Manga – Group 1)

"Before coming to Japan, I knew very little about my host family. We gained some more information about them as the homestay portion of our program neared. After living with my host family, I believe the program picks the right host families for each Experimenter. A lot of the families have the same hobbies as …

Nanae Homestay Week (Japan: Language and Cultural Traditions – Group 1)

This week was filled with some anxiety and new adventures. The students were introduced to their new homestay families, tried on kimonos, cooked udon noodles and mochi, made fans, canoed, wrote Japanese calligraphy, and visited Nanae High School, among other activities. The challenges were difficult, but the students were able to complete their week by …

Japanese Cuisine (Japan: Language and Cultural Traditions – Group 2)

Japan is a noodle lovers/fish lovers paradise. The fish markets of Tokyo and Sapporo are filled with fresh, glistening fish, while the side streets are home to late night ramen and soba joints. Japanese food is healthy, and surprisingly filling. Often when I mention ramen in the United States, people think of the sodium filled, …