A Date In Japan?

Picture of a stingray at the Kyoto Aquarium

Just as the title says I went in a date in Japan, I don’t know how it happened but it was one of the best parts of the trip for me. Our group went to DWCLA for a reception party of sorts where we met Japanese students at our partnering college. The party was a […]

My Experience at the Instant Ramen Museum

My Experience at the Instant Ramen Museum

During our travels in Osaka, Japan, we were able to visit the Instant Ramen Museum. Similar to my experience at the Soy Sauce Factory, it was unlike any museums I have been to, in the since that it inspired hand crafted creativity from the visitors. In the same breath it prompted my interest of uniformity […]

Land and Sea: Lessons from Japan

Land and Sea: Lessons from Japan

The Fukuchin temple meal was unlike anything that I have ever experienced. Onsen warmed my body and soothed my tired muscles. And the company of the wonderful people that I was with warmed my heart and cheered my soul. The temple meal was especially exquisite. I really enjoyed dressing up in the Yukata and sitting […]

Contrasting Restaurants Between Japan and America

Contrasting Restaurants Between Japan and America

I began my Japanese studies in middle school and practiced the language and read about the culture throughout high school, finishing my senior year with AP Japanese. I took Japanese classes for five full years, memorizing more than four hundred Chinese characters and maintaining a bank of verbs, nouns, and adjectives on top of the […]

Okonomiyaki in Osaka

Okonomiyaki in Osaka

Okonomiyaki is a fried cabbage pancake composed of shredded cabbage, egg, flour, and water, and traditionally has a layer of fried pork belly. The pancake should be thick and fluffy and fried to a golden brown. Okonomiyaki is topped with a sweet, savory sauce and Japanese mayonnaise, which is lighter and sweeter than the American […]

Essay: The Bonding Power of Shared Meals

Shabu shabu

No matter where in the world one goes, food is an essential part of the cultural experience. While dishes and rituals may vary from place to place, sharing meals is a common element across the world. Perhaps what makes this practice so important is the role in plays in bringing people together. Whether it’s with […]

What Does It Mean To Be Satisfied? – Essay

Asi iap, a curry restaurant tucked away in an ally that only 4-5 tables.

My German Aunt Anne Marie makes a point to talk about American dining habits whenever we come to visit. We go out to dinner and we, talk throughout and leave. It’ll take us an hour and a half, maybe two. She doesn’t think it’s long enough. She says that in Germany, you sit and enjoy […]

Karaoke Night

Food and fun at karaoke

One of the most fun and meaningful experiences I had on the trip was going out to karaoke with new friends from both Chatham and Japan. After talking with and getting to know some of the students from our Japanese partner schools while at the Doshisha Women’s College reception, we invited a few out to karaoke […]

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