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My Moravian
September 4, 2019
Before leaving for our two-week study abroad trip to Japan, we were tasked to read various sources on: war, culture, religion, food, lifestyle, nuclear weapons, World War II memoirs, and other aspects of Japanese life in order to help prepare us for what we were going to experience. Combining this newfound knowledge with what I learned in grade school, I thought that I knew just about everything there was to know about World War II. Coming to Japan, I quickly recognized my ignorance, as I was mistaken.

September 3, 2019
My grandfather was enlisted in the US Army during World War II fighting against the Japanese. Due to the history between the United States and Japan, along with my own family’s history with WWII, I felt it was important to experience Japan for myself, especially to understand peace and the impacts of war and the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

September 2, 2019
I have always been meaning to go to Japan and I knew that it was only a matter of time before I found myself there for one reason or another. However, I didn’t imagine that I would be there studying for college.

September 1, 2019
Traveling to Japan has given me many once-in-a-lifetime type moments, many of which involved seeing some magnificent sights. From the top of Mt. Misen on the island of Miyajima to the hundreds of orange-tinted temples scattered across Kyoto, I had seen it all.

August 31, 2019
Being able to envelop myself in a country so rich in culture and so uniform in ideals and goals was immensely enlightening. I think I speak for the collective group that being in Japan had sparked thought about where we stand in our American culture and how different we are in comparison to the Japanese.

August 30, 2019
Hello, my name is Sean Kearns and I went on a study abroad trip to Japan to discuss peace building a nuclear disarmament. Personally, going to Japan was on my bucket list of places to visit and it was an amazing experience.

August 29, 2019
The past two weeks in Japan have been one of the most memorable two weeks of my life. I never would have thought that out of the 195 countries in the world, I would have gone to Japan; it was 100 percent the right country for me to visit.

August 28, 2019
From the get-go, I knew that as soon as I landed in Japan—knowing full well I was in the country that shaped me for the majority of my life—I was going to cry tears of happiness. What I did not know was just how much I was going to feel at home there.

July 30, 2019
During May Term 2019, 14 students accompanied faculty members Daniel Jasper, dean of the school of arts, humanities, and social sciences, and Kelly Denton-Borhaug, professor of global religions, for the study abroad program "Japan—Exploring Culture, Peacebuilding, and the Legacies of War." Here, sophomore Renee Mapa shares her experience.

June 22, 2018
I have only been home for two days now and I already miss Japan. I think the biggest thing I took out of this course itself was all the discussions our group had about the atomic bombings in Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Until going on this trip, I had never really thought about how many atomic bombs there are in the world and how I felt about it.

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