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East Asia Term 2013 – Retrospective

It was strange landing in Chicago after 10 weeks in Asia. The flight was from LAX, just before noon, and it was almost uncomfortable to be around people that openly speak English. It seems like a blur, but for an obvious reason: our route started in Kyoto, Japan and ended in Beijing, China.  In between [...]

Hong Kong through a typhoon

Landing in Hong Kong was everything but a normal procedure, since we were going through a turbulence in the middle of the biggest typhoon in 30 years, but I really started freaking out when captain turned on the seat belt sign, as well as Vivaldi’s Four Seasons (Spring, of course), at which point everybody exhaled [...]

Gangnam Stylin’ in Matsuyama with the locals

Our third day in Matsuyama, professors and directors of the program arranged a whole afternoon for students with the locals. Bill Cahill ’14 and myself were lucky enough to be hosted by Michiko Izumitani, Associate Professor of Leadership and Communication at Ehime University in Matsuyama. Michiko and her family wanted us to to have the [...]

If this is Osaka, what is Tokyo like?!

Due to some (un)fortunate circumstances, I had to leave the group for a day and go to Osaka. Even though all the Augie kids had tons of fun in Hiroshima, I was glad to leave for a day and see Osaka at its finest because it is the second largest city in Japan, after world’s [...]

Hospitality 101 in Hiroshima

Riding on a bullet train from Kyoto to Hiroshima at a speed of more than 200 miles per hour was an extraordinary experience, but getting to Hiroshima was nothing I could ever imagine. Modern, clean and welcoming city that was exterminated off the place of the earth only 68 years ago by an atomic bomb [...]

First time in Kyoto

After 16 hours of flights and bus rides Chicago-Tokyo-Osaka-Kyoto, we arrived to ancient Japanese capital of Kyoto. The Emperor of Japan, believed to be the ancestor of Amaterasu, the goddess of the Sun, lived in Kyoto for centuries until mid 1800s, when he moved to Tokyo. Overall, Kyoto looks like what you would expect to [...]