Update: Typhoon Hagibis

Due to Typhoon Hagibis, AKP’s semesterly field trip to Hiroshima and Miyajima was cancelled. All AKP students reported safely to class on Monday morning, and overall, Kyoto and Doshisha University seem to have been only minimally affected by the typhoon.

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September Adventures

Their first month in Japan has already flown by for our Fall AKPers! On top of the fun they’ve had with Japanese language classes, here are a few other adventures from the month of September.

Friday, September 6th

AKPers stopped by the Kyoto City Disaster Prevention Center and learned how to protect themselves during a disaster. There they were able to experience strong pressure winds and ride on a helicopter!

Saturday, September 7th

Led by Professor Armstrong and Professor Lofgren, 13 AKPers hiked Mt. Daimonji on the eastern side of Kyoto. It took about two hours to complete the hike, and AKPers were rewarded with an amazing view of Kyoto from the top!

Friday, September 20th

During orientation, many Doshisha students volunteered their time to help AKPers learn their commutes, guide them through procedures at City Hall, and participate on the campus tour. So to thank them, AKPers organized a fun appreciation lunch! Quinn Audoin, Sarah Ducharme, and Andie Nakahira prepared some games to play with the Doshisha students while Max Alter delivered a speech to express gratitude on behalf of the AKPers.

Saturday, September 21st

Professor Armstrong took 8 AKPers to Shogo-in Temple, which was hosting a special exhibit featuring rarely-seen sliding paper-doors, baskets, screens, and Buddha statues. How lucky!


AKP was excited to welcome its Fall 2019 and Full-Year students in Kyoto last week. The new AKPers spent their first three days getting to know each other, learning their new campus and commutes alongside Doshisha student volunteers, and meeting their host families!