Author Archives: Leigh Parrott

About Leigh Parrott

Hi all, I'm Leigh. I currently attend Dickinson College in Pennsylvania. When I'm not writing, you can usually find me violin-ing, sewing, gaming, or doodling something ridiculous.

Looking Back 8: Final Thoughts and Nagoya Farewell

Our final week in Nagoya went by in a blur, as I look back on it. We had everything from a group presentation with Yamagishi-sensei’s class and our own research presentations to arrange, last-minute shopping in Osu to do and … Continue reading

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Looking Back 7: Miyajima (and Deer)

After our trip to Hiroshima, we took a much-needed beach holiday in Miyajima! (Not really, but at least there was a beach.) Of all the places we went, Miyajima was certainly in my top three favorites. The deer literally came … Continue reading

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Looking Back 6: Hiroshima at Peace

One of the most powerful parts of our entire trip in Japan was definitely our visit to Hiroshima. It certainly had its lighter moments, too, such as our group earning two free bottles of okonomi sauce from a kind gentleman … Continue reading

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Looking Back 5: Kyoto!

Looking back on the entire trip, I have to say the time we spent in Kyoto was among my favorite of the things we did. We spent a total of four days and three nights there, and the ryokan we … Continue reading

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Looking Back 4: English Class

During our second week at Nanzan, we had the opportunity to experience a few classes with Japanese students at Nanzan like we had the week before. Perhaps my favorite was going to one English class and discussing the articles we … Continue reading

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Looking Back 3: Inuyama Castle

The Saturday of our first week in Nagoya, we visited the town of Inuyama, which is situated fairly close to the city. It took roughly a 30 minute train ride to get there, first to the end of the Tsurumai … Continue reading

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Looking Back 2: Sakae and Osu

Probably my favorite place (in Nagoya, at least) is the downtown shopping district of Sakae, and its neighboring area of Osu Kannon. For someone like me, who takes a pretty great interest in Japanese pop culture and fashion, Osu and … Continue reading

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Looking Back 1: Learning Nagoya

Like the other three students, I haven’t been keeping up with my blog posts, so I’d better start fixing that! I had meant to post this a while back, but I want to talk a little about what it was … Continue reading

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2010 – A “Fresh Start” Between Japan and the US

Article link:¬†http://www.nytimes.com/2010/09/16/opinion/16iht-edfoster.html?_r=0 Jim Foster’s article in the New York Times is an intriguing look back to 2010, and discusses issues that are still very much relevant today, even five years later. As the article takes place only two short years … Continue reading

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Kamo no Chomei’s “Hojoki” and Disaster

Chomei’s account of his hut reflects many of the staples of Buddhist beliefs, as do his reflections regarding natural disasters which struck the country during his lifetime. Time and time again, he emphasizes the unnecessary nature of becoming attached to … Continue reading

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