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A Twist

A Twist

Sara Portesan

March 31, 2012


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The long lines of orange gates at the Fushimi Inari shrine in Kyoto are probably one of the most photographed locations in Japan. I've probably said this before.   I live nearby, and so have been quite a few times now. And the question always is, how can I photograph them in my own way? How can I put...

Slipping out of Japan

Spencer Wharton

February 25, 2012


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Damn, it happened again. I have this unfortunate tendency to stifle my own writing and put off writing about easy or simple things because I have multiple big ideas for posts, and I feel like I owe it to someone to write something 'of substance' instead of 'shallower' day-to-day posts. For instance, part of t...

Blue Bamboo and a Not Santa

Blue Bamboo and a Not Santa

Sara Portesan

December 13, 2011


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  Okay, so I am about to attempt to describe the past (three, four?) weeks I haven't been blogging with 12 pictures!  Here we go. Fall Break in Japan   While a bunch of people went to Tokyo (jealous! I want to go spring break...), I stayed in Kyoto and went to these places: Oh...

On state-sponsored messages

Spencer Wharton

November 24, 2011


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A month or so ago, as part of a joint field trip with my Lenses of Culture and Waste and Pollution classes, we went to Osaka to visit the Osaka Human Rights Museum. Organizing thirty American students and getting to Osaka, about an hour away on the train, was an interesting (read: hair-tuggingly frust...

A Bitter Reflection

Spencer Wharton

October 17, 2011


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I failed to do the right thing today. I was walking home. I live near a middle school and an elementary school, so depending on when I get off the train, I occasionally run into a ton of students on my way home. Tonight, that was the case, so I was wading upstream against a flow of uniformed school st...

Catchin’ Up

Spencer Wharton

October 9, 2011


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I haven't posted for a couple of weeks. My bad. It hasn't been for a lack of content: there are always tons of stories to tell: but rather a lack of time. Last week was especially stressful, and I'll try to get to that in another post. For now, though, with the little free time I have, I thought I'd...

Rainy days in Kyoto

Spencer Wharton

September 20, 2011


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  Today, it rained. We've had a couple days of rain before, but mostly of the drizzle and sprinkle varieties. Today, it was rain all day; big, heavy drops dripping down from a uniformly gray sky. It was still quite humid, but the weather dropped to about 22 or 24 ºC (71-75 ºF), a welcome rel...

The End of Orientation, or, Becoming a Child Again

Spencer Wharton

September 11, 2011


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At this point, I've settled into my host family's home: at least a little bit. Orientation week is over, and tomorrow, classes start. I'm going to have to accept that there will come a time, most likely sooner rather than alter, when I won't be able to share everything I experience, but at the mome...

Kyoto Station

Spencer Wharton

September 7, 2011


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Tonight, after eating dinner in my hotel room, Sam and I went out to explore the area around our hotel. During this first week's orientation period, we're staying in the Kyoto Tower hotel, a large and impressive hotel beneath the Kyoto Tower. On Friday night, after getting our bearings in Kyoto, all...

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