First Day Ups And Downs

Robert Van Aartsen Japenese Major Ritsumeikan University, Japan Academic Year 2017-2018 Moving now into my third day of Japan, I am recovering from sleep, I think, and making progress with adjusting, but I still have a far way to go. While the last days were full of nervous energy of how do I get from…

First Day At Dorm (Shortest Day Ever?)

Robert Van Aartsen Japenese Major Ritsumeikan University, Japan Academic Year 2017-2018 Time is usually not to difficult an object to keep a hold of if you know what you’re doing, but after becoming a time traveler, I am already having an extremely difficult time grasping how many days it is since I left home. The…

How I Became A Time Traveler On My Longest Day Ever (Literally)

Robert Van Aartsen Japenese Major Ritsumeikan University, Japan Academic Year 2017-2018 And so the morning of my longest day finally arrived. After having plans of going to bed early, but instead nonetheless staying up to 1AM doing final small prep work— actually packing my backpack, filling my luggage and weighing, finding it was more than…

Chanko-Nabe

Darcy Boyea English and Japanese major Doshisha University, Japan Academic Year 2016-2017 On Friday, February 24th, my parents and I joined my mom’s friend and a group she (my mom’s friend belongs to) for a dinner course called chanko-nabe (ちゃんこ鍋). It’s a traditional sumo wrestler food, so, as you would expect, it’s a lot of…

Hiroshima

Darcy Boyea English and Japanese major Doshisha University, Japan Academic Year 2016-2017 My parents just flew in and will be here for about a weak and a half, and I’m very excited to be able to not only spend some time with them, but also show them around the country I’ve grown to love so…

End of Semester One/Month 5

Darcy Boyea English and Japanese major Doshisha University, Japan Academic Year 2016-2017 Finally, FINALLY done with probably the longest semester of my life. The semester here wasn’t that much longer than Western’s semester, maybe half a month longer, but it was still longer. On the bright side, we get two months in between semesters. I’ve talked…

Zazen Meditation

Darcy Boyea English and Japanese major Doshisha University, Japan Academic Year 2016-2017 In about a week I’ll finally be done with my fall semester. While the semester here is longer than Western’s fall semester, we do get a two month break in between fall and spring semesters, so that’s something to look forward to. Today,…

Celebrating Christmas Abroad

Darcy Boyea English and Japanese major Doshisha University, Japan Academic Year 2016-2017 Every year, at least person says, “It’s not about the presents, it’s about the presence”. As I got older, I would agree more and more with this statement, but I would still except multiple presents. This year, though, I received two presents (one…

December: Month 3 at Doshisha

Darcy Boyea English and Japanese major Doshisha University, Japan Academic Year 2016-2017 It’s been about three months now, and I’m realizing a year just isn’t as long as I thought it was. When I first got here, I questioned if I would be able to handle being gone for a year, and I wondered why…