2016 Fall Tamlyn Kurata Temple Japan Uncategorized

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.

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Itsukushima Shrine at high tide on Miyajima Island
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Sadako’s memorial standing tall
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Trying Kobe Steak and tempura from street vendors along Dotonbori
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Happy deers in Nara
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A little bit of gold in the darkness
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Twisting paths along Fushimi Inari Shrine’s senbon torii
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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.

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