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Students Visit Japan

July 26, 2013

Fourteen UTSA students recently returned from Japan after spending 10 days there for a study tour to be immersed in the langauge and culture of Japan.  The trip was supported by a generous grant from the Japan Foundation and the group was led by Mimi Yu, Japanese instructor and associate director of the East Asia Institute at UTSA.

The students visited Tokyo, Kyoto, and Kumamoto University in Kumamoto, San Antonio's sister city.  The itinerary was designed to include a broad spectrum of Japanese culture as they toured such diverse places as Zen gardens and fish markets, visited restaurants, the Imperial Palace, museums, and a wealth of historical locations.

"During this study tour, I learned that Japan is a country where both the traditional and the modern are mixed in perfect harmony," noted student Marissa Arellano.  "Respect and kindness are to be found everywhere in Japan. Both are present among the native people, in their relationship with nature, and even in their relationship with foreigners."


Click here to read the complete Japan Study Tour report

Click here to see more photos from the trip


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