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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
June 14, 2017
During our stay in Nagasaki we took a ferry to visit an island that has been designated as a World Heritage UNESCO site, called Gunkanjima. It lies just off the coast of Nagasaki and looks like a stone fortress. This fortress held a coal mine that also acted as a city because the people who worked there also lived there.

Shianne Reimer / View all by this contributor
June 12, 2017

It has already been a week since I have arrived in Japan and I love every minute of my stay. Being in the country that I wanted to visit since I was little, is surreal and I’m excited to share my experiences, though I will talk about one of my favorite locations so far, which is the island Miyajima. It was our last day in Hiroshima when we packed our bags up and checked out our cozy hotel in the city. We took the streetcar back to the station where we arrived a few days earlier and stored our luggage away in the stations lockers.

Jonathan Fiore / View all by this contributor
June 9, 2017
While visiting Nagasaki, we stopped by the Atomic Medical Museum located at the Nagasaki Medical College. This is right outside of the National Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims built in 2003, which marks the hypocenter. The hypocenter is the exact location where the bomb was dropped. The medical college was destroyed during the bombing, and later rebuilt. The meaning behind this museum was to show others the extreme effects the victims faced medically, both short term and long term.

Nicole Murtsef / View all by this contributor
June 7, 2017
Conflict is the oldest, and the most basic reaction to opposing views. While in Japan, we experienced opposing views and conflict in multiple and different ways. Most of these thankfully were resolvable in the end. There is, however, something to gain in listing some of these conflicts and opposing views, and thinking about how they may be resolved.

June 3, 2017
All throughout the trip, it has been agreed among the students and professors that the locals of Japan are completely different than the locals of the United States. From the minute we arrived, they have all been so friendly and polite. Speaking on behalf of personal encounters, I can tell you that the locals of New York, for example, don’t seem to like tourists at all. They always seem on the go and rarely do they ever stop to give you directions. On the other hand, the Japanese locals have made such an effort to assist whenever we stop to ask them for help.

June 1, 2017
It didn’t happen. Despite the world’s last two remaining super powers, the United States and the Soviet Union, considering each other enemies for most of the second half of the twentieth century, a third world war didn’t happen between them. But why?

Andrew O'Brien / View all by this contributor
May 29, 2017

On one of the days here in Japan we had the chance to visit the peace park in Hiroshima. It was near the hypocenter of the atomic bombing and nearly everything in this area was destroyed. One building that should have been destroyed, the Genbaku Dome, remained standing and it was one of the few places that stood semi-intact that close to the detonation of the bomb. It was amazing to see a building with so much left intact that close to the hypocenter. Nearly everything was destroyed in Hiroshima, but for some reason, that building remained standing.

Shianne Reimer / View all by this contributor
May 27, 2017

After all these grueling months, I’m finally going on this big trip to Japan! To be honest, I’m still nervous about all of this, especially after all of the readings and news I’ve heard going around. Well, maybe not nervous in the practical sense, but moreso over some long-term concepts and ideals. This whole trip is centered around the tragedies that occurred in World War II after all, and the readings have really made me face a lot of difficult truths, like the atomic bombings and so on.