I Went to Japan and All I Got Was A Picture of This Lousy T-Shirt
January 14, 2006
Back in May of 2005, I left for five weeks to Hiroshima, Japan as part of an overseas study program, a partnership between Arizona State University and Hiroshima Shudo University.
To say I had the time of my life would be a gross understatement.
Now, I'm sure you're all asking, so you watched anime the entire time didn't you?
Actually, no, no I didn't. In fact I only saw one complete episode of anime the entire time I was there - an episode of Pretty Cure that my host family's youngest daughter was watching one lazy morning. (And no, that show still isn't any better.) I maybe saw a minute of Slam Dunk being viewed at the university library, and various and sundry trailers at arcades and merchandise stores, and that was it.
I did not go to Japan to sit in front of a television all day. You can do that at home ... if you're just going to watch anime, why bother spending all that money and travel time? Personally? I can wait for that.
There were fifteen of us all told. Sometimes I went off by myself to explore.
We saw a Shinto wedding and a bugaku performance at Itsukushima shrine. Later, I hiked from beneath the shrine arch at low tide to the top of the mountain behind the shrine, where I saw poo flung at me by sacred wild monkeys. Just kidding about the poo flinging part.
(PS: Warning: Killer Deer)
We played carnival games, danced, and pigged out on food at Toukasan Matsuri.
And so, so much more. Over 90% of my photos are still on a friend's computer waiting to be uploaded to my online photo album. From the moment we landed at Narita until we came back home, it was fun. (And yes, a lot of homework, but honestly, who wants to see photos of a lot of homework.)
So I'll leave you with this photograph at Kintai Bashi in Iwakuni.
By the way, what you've all been waiting for:
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