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Week 4

This was our last week in Japan, but I still found time to do fun things. I visited Kanayama, and I was able to get a western style burger, which I had not had in some time. I also visited … Continue reading

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Week 3

This week was extremely eventful. Ot started out on Sunday with a trip that I took to Nagashima Spa Land. Riding the rollar coasters and relaxing in the Onsen was a lot of fun, and it was pretty satisfying to … Continue reading

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Week 2

This week had some of my favorite memories of the entire trip. On Sunday, I spent the entire day explering the Osu Kannon shopping district. I really apreciated being able to explore the area at my own space. I saw … Continue reading

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Tokugawa Museum Art Interpretation

The peice that I chose to analyze was titles “Kabuki Zukan.” The art portrayed a scene of a Kabuki play being perfor.ed for an audience of what appeared to be a mix of general townspeople and aristocrats. What jumped out … Continue reading

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Atsumori and Buddhism

Atsumori is a play about moving past one’s ego and baggage and allowing one’s spirit to be released from earthly emotions and desires. This directly correlates to Buddhist ideals of letting go of the self and one’s desires in order … Continue reading

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Week 1

My first week of this trip, despute the jetlack and some light illness, has been an absolute blast, and I remain exited for what to expect in the weeks to come. Just being back in Japan is so nice, and … Continue reading

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Samurai in Tale of the Heike

The Samurai present in the tale of the Heike are extremely remenicent of the myths and commom cultural oerceptions about what Samurai were like. They are devoted to their cause and the lord they serve, even going so far as … Continue reading

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Samurai and Yamoto Takeru

My understanding of Samurai, is that thaey were the soldeirs, warlords, military governers, and beuracrats pf ancient and pre-modern Japan. Usually, the status of Samurai was handed down through a family line. Often, they are depicted as honorable and dedicated … Continue reading

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Hello!

My name is Tom Schmitz, and I am majoring in East Asian Studies and Theatre at Dickinson College. I’ve been studying Japanese culture, language and history for the better part of my life now, and I am really looking forward … Continue reading

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