The end of a beautiful journey

This is my last blog and my realization of how much I learned and experienced in just a month in Japan. The end of this journey has come and I am both saddened and happy at the same time. Saddened because I would love to stay longer and share more time together with the people I have met along the way, but extremely happy for the amazing opportunity that I had to come to Japan and learn so much about the culture and what affects Japanese people everyday. I am extremely thankful to Prof. Bates, Prof. Sak, and Prof. Pawley for their dedication and teachings, and I am also greatly thankful to the faculty and students at Nanzan for welcoming us in Nagoya and sharing so many amazing moments with us.

We did so much, starting from our arrival in Nagoya, the welcome party hosted by Nanzan students and faculty, and the most amazing field trips to so many places in Japan. We went all over the place. From our hike in Mt. Ishimaki near Toyohashi and a day trip to Midori in Motosu city, where we saw the Neo-dani fault, to Kyoto and its majestic landscape and culture, to the beautiful Kobe, resilient and thriving, to the bustling and confusing but fun Tokyo, to the jaw-dropping islands of Matsushima, the strong and friendly community of Minamisanriku, and the warm and beautiful tropical-like Boso peninsula.

There are really no words to express my gratitude to everybody and everything on this program, but I can say that it has absolutely been the most amazing experience I have had and a memory that will always be present in my mind and heart for the rest of my life.

I hope I can see everybody that made this an unforgettable experience again in the future.

Arigatou gozaimasu!!

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