The Best Year of My Life

Michelle Moore Japanese and Global and International Studies Majors Ritsumeikan University, 2015-16 Academic Year During the 2015-2016 academic school year I studied abroad in Kyoto, Japan at Ritsumeikan University. In contrast to a normal study abroad experience I personally never felt any sort of culture shock or down period during my trip. I even planned…

To LAKE BIWA!

Robert Van Aartsen Japanese Major Ritsumeikan University, Japan Academic Year 2017-2018 The day started at the crack of 9:30 with excitement about the day’s excitement for a trip with friends to Lake Biwa. To be honest I had no idea what people wanted to do with going to the lake, I didn’t even really know…

End Of Orientation And Dealing With Disappointment

Robert Van Aartsen Japenese Major Ritsumeikan University, Japan Academic Year 2017-2018   The end of this week brings the end of the Study Abroad Orientation. I won’t exactly be missing it. In general, this week has had some better moments, but has also had its fair share of trials as well. Now though, with all…

Small Victories And Compiling Frustrations

Robert Van Aartsen Japenese Major Ritsumeikan University, Japan Academic Year 2017-2018 Be it the extra exercise, the changed diet, the stress of living in a new country, or the early hour I’m waking up, every day by the time dinner time, or often even just after lunch, I find myself extremely tired. Today was another…

Calm Before The Storm

Robert Van Aartsen Japenese Major Ritsumeikan University, Japan Academic Year 2017-2018 Wow, already one week! It’s definitely been a blur and not one day has been anything like another. I am glad that, comparatively, today was my first rest day. Not to say I still didn’t get up at 5AM and run around campus. I…

Comprehending The Great Gift And Honor Of Living In Another Country

Robert Van Aartsen Japenese Major Ritsumeikan University, Japan Academic Year 2017-2018 Today was another, long, interesting, exciting, and extremely productive day! That’s something I couldn’t say often at Western. Most days were productive. Many were interesting. A few were long and exciting, but after the first few days of events and newness at Western, I…

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…