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On the Surface: Japan

Sara Portesan

January 20, 2012

"It's been four months and I've still only just scratched the surface of Japanese culture." "Every time one question is answered, another surfaces." "Japan is more than what it looks like on the surface." Blah blah blah. What is this surface? Can a country have a surface? How is it made? What's it...

Blue Bamboo and a Not Santa

Blue Bamboo and a Not Santa

Sara Portesan

December 13, 2011

  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...

Scary Things

Scary Things

Sara Portesan

November 7, 2011

Before you read any more of this blog, a quick survey please! Look at the next two photos and comment below (or think in your head or tell the person next to you) what you think they are of. I will get back to these in a minute; jump to the end if you simply cannot wait.   First, a little about my Hallo...

Flossing in Japan and the States

Flossing in Japan and the States

Sara Portesan

October 30, 2011

So, being that I am almost 1/4 of the way into studying abroad, I though it time to do a quick comparison. Lets start with the important things. Flossing. American dentists (or at least mine) always stress the importance of flossing a few times every week, though preferably every day. I asked my...

The Fire Festival

The Fire Festival

Sara Portesan

October 25, 2011

My grandmother told me there was not supposed to be any rain, but encouraged me to take a small umbrella anyway. I'll be fine, I had said.   The fire festival (unlike the Jidai Matsuri, which was supposed to be that afternoon but cancelled because of a chance of rain) wouldn't cancel for anything. If...

Temple (check), Shrine (check), Karaoke (check), Homework (…)

Temple (check), Shrine (check), Karaoke (check), Homework (…)

Sara Portesan

October 3, 2011

( Quick note: Sorry the formatting on this is strange- I will work on getting more familiar with this as time goes on. On the plus side, pictures! Hurray!) There are too many things to do here. And so far, I have really only been checking them off a list. There are the normal college activities;...

The End of Orientation, or, Becoming a Child Again

Spencer Wharton

September 11, 2011

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

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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