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A New Semester

Chunjie Before I came to China, I heard a lot about the spring festival.  It is the most important holiday in China and equivalent to a lot of western countries’ emphasis on Christmas. During this time Chinese go home to spend time with their families. It also acts as the break for students between the fall and spring semesters. Though all of my friends had left campus, I originally planned to spend this time working and doing some site-seeing. Something I didn’t know about this holiday is that most companies […]

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Weekend on an Australian Island- Vlog 6

 

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How Art Influences Culture (Or Does Culture Influence Art?)

HOW ART INFLUENCES CULTURE (OR DOES CULTURE INFLUENCE ART?) Whenever I visit a art museum or talking about art with a friend, the question comes up, “Do you even get it?” There is a lot of art that I don’t “get” or don’t like. (It’s okay to not like all art). Modern and contemporary art is often imaginative and unsatisfied. It often brings up difficult social issues and novel ideas without giving closure, allowing or forcing the audience to draw conclusions. In art, I appreciate skill, good observation of the world, and articulation of the […]

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長崎の旅行

Hello all, I’m going to try to keep this one short and sweet as I’ve written nearly 50 pages of podcasts this week, and I’m definitely getting sick of typing all the time. So… after landing in Fukuoka, Japan (coming back from Korea) I spent the night in a hotel on Wednesday before heading off to Nagasaki on Thursday. My friends Zeze, Justin, and I met up at Fukuoka station on Thursday afternoon to get on the train together as we were all coming from different places. After about a […]

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Bangalore’s Art Scene

Oofta. It’s been some time since a post. Here are a few recent thoughts on art and culture in India (and some ceramics updates). Historically, art and craft have been synonymous in India. Artisans would make handicrafts, idols, and wood or stone carvings. Potters would create vessels purposed for storing water and grains. Handicrafts were not made to be original, and pottery was not a form of beauty but a form of function. Post-independence, the perception of art has been changing in India. Bangalore has a high potential for art innovation. This […]

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Leib Down Under

 

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Korea

Day One Friday Nicolas (my friend from France) and I arrived at Seoul Incheon airport at about 1:30 in the afternoon and immediately starting searching for wifi so we could figure out how to meet up with our Korean friends. After making it to Seoul Station, we were quickly greeted by our friends Kwanghee and Kyoung Jo (both attend Hiroshima Univ.) who helped us buy re-loadable train cards  and find our Airbnb. Although Jo had to leave for other plans, Kwanghee stuck with us for the night to show us […]

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白馬八方尾根

Quick update for ya, last week another American friend and I headed towards Nagano (home of the 1998 winter Olympics) to go skiing/ snowboarding for a few days. Ever since I started learning Japanese in high school its been one of my dreams to snowboard in the Japanese Alps, so being able to cross this off of my bucket list was definitely a treat. Our travel started with a plane ride from Hiroshima to Tokyo, followed by a bullet train to Nagano and then a bus to the village of […]

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WLCT Media

 

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End of the semester/ Quick update

I see that once again it’s been quite a while since my last post so just wanted to give a quick update during my study break. It’s currently Sunday afternoon here in Hiroshima and my semester ends on Wednesday. As the Japanese school calendar is different from ours in America, a university’s 2nd semester ends in February with the following school year’s 1st semester starting up in April. So, although I’m here for an entire academic year, I am technically here for 2nd semester of one school year, and the […]

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Unpacking

I always assumed people were exaggerating when they talked about culture shock. Or, maybe I just (arrogantly) thought that I would never be someone who had a difficult time adjusting to a new culture. Whatever the reason, last week as I was being pummeled with jet lag, I also found myself overcome with a very strange feeling. Homesickness. Never in my days of summer camp, weeks of travel to “far flung” places like Montana and England, or year and a half of college did I find myself longing for the […]

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What are you doing in Australia?

   

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Christmas with the Aminpours

Happy New Year! It’s been quite a while since my last post, but with the holiday’s and New Years being over with, I finally have some time to sit down and write. As many of you may already know, I was lucky enough to have my family visit Japan over winter break. From Hiroshima to Saijo, Tokyo, Yokohama and Kyoto, we had ourselves quite a busy 10 days, but they were sure worth it. Of course a trip to Hiroshima isn’t complete without a visit to Itsukushima Shrine on famous […]

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The Futuristic Mansion

 

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Miscellaneous Experiences

I have really enjoyed the last month in Asia, and I realized that I have not recently updated people. Here’s a few short anecdotes that capture some fun(ny) experiences. Ceramics: Each Saturday, I go to open studio at ClayStation. To get there, I walk for 10 minutes from my homestay to a bus stand, and take the bus for about 30 minutes (6 km) for 14 or 19 Indian Rupees (the price varies per bus, and equates to $0.25 USD). For one of my courses (and my last art minor […]

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