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My Moravian
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.

Kimberly Miller / View all by this contributor
June 22, 2018
During our trip to Japan, there were a lot of captivating and interesting moments that I experienced, but one of the most memorable had to be when I went to the Hiroshima Peace Park Museum. This had been the first museum our group had visited and I was curious about how Japan might interpret the bombing of Hiroshima and if it would be relatively similar to the setup of American museums.

Elizabeth Ward / View all by this contributor
June 21, 2018
There is no place in the world I would rather travel than Japan. Japan has had a major effect on my childhood, whether that be electronics and goods from Japan or my favorite food, sushi. When I saw the opportunity to take a course in Japan, I wanted to go as soon as possible. However, one major event I was looking forward to was meeting Japanese students from Ohtani University and hearing their opinions on important topics such as peace.

Benjamin Wilder / View all by this contributor
June 21, 2018
Traveling to any Asian country as an American, one is bound to experience culture shock.  The social behaviors, eating habits, landscapes, and languages are so different. As an ambitious person, I was eager to engage in all of these new experiences.  However, beyond the initial excitement of it all, it became quite exhausting to continuously entertain these unfamiliarities.

Eileen Rolwood / View all by this contributor
June 20, 2018
Traveling to Japan was a dream come true, and after recovering from jet-lag these past couple of days, I’ve been thinking that if I was given the opportunity to go back, I would go in a heartbeat! Our pre-trip meetings with the group of students that were heading to Japan had me anxious. I knew we were going to be spending two weeks together and it seemed like there was a shy disconnect between us all. Once entering into the airport, that was not the case. We melded into great representatives of Moravian College while abroad in Japan.

June 20, 2018
Throughout my journey in Japan I had many different types of learning experiences that addressed the people, culture and history. The particular experience that I feel gave me the most insight was meeting with other students from universities in Japan.

Quinn Ciesielski / View all by this contributor
June 18, 2018
The experience from this trip that touched me the most and made me rethink my assumptions about the war was the first time we heard a hibakusha (bomb survivor) testimony at the World Peace Center.

Victoria Demuysere / View all by this contributor
June 15, 2018
It’s been a few days since I’ve returned from Japan. I’ve been slowly unpacking and playing back all that has happened during our jam-packed two-week trip, and to put it lightly – I had an amazing trip.

Trevor Yeranian / View all by this contributor
June 28, 2017
It has been about five or six days since I’ve returned from Japan, and I’ve been playing it back in my mind ever since. Overall, the trip was probably one of the best, if not the best experience I’ve had while in college. Something about going to a new place on the other side of the world without any help from my parents was liberating. I felt like a real adult for the first time in my life.

Trevor Yeranian / View all by this contributor
June 20, 2017
The study abroad trip was nearing its end and we only had three nights left in Japan. The vast amount of information we all had consumed in such a short amount of time was heavy on our hearts and minds, so we were hoping to enjoy a night off of reflection and soul-searching and instead wanted to enjoy one another’s company in the beautiful city for a night. Three of my friends and I went walking down the streets of Kyoto just admiring the still bustling streets and beautiful city lights, laughing and telling stories, and looking for somewhere to eat.

Emmy Mulreaney / View all by this contributor