Looking Back on October

October was a hectic month for our AKPers, but even the weather couldn’t stop them from getting out and seeing Kyoto!

Monday, October 7

For Professor Takahashi’s Environmental and Conservation Issues in Japan course, AKPers visited the Miyako Ecology Center to learn more about Japan’s eco-friendly practices. Such practices include collecting plastic bottles, cleaning the fridge to reduce electricity consumption, and much more!

Friday, October 18

Thanks to the great help of Mushanokoji Senke Tea Teachers and Honen-in, AKPers had a chance to experience a traditional tea ceremony. The visit started with the AKPers learning more about tea ceremony procedures and writing their names on Japanese paper. While waiting their turn to experience the tea ceremony and partake in Japanese sweets and green tea, AKPers walked around Honen-in’s Japanese garden. Among the many butterflies in the garden, Claire Gilliespie from Smith College said she saw a rare kingfisher!

Monday, October 21

Professor Takahashi took his AKPers on another excursion–this time to Takaraga Pond. There, they learned more about how wild deer eat agricultural food and the severe effect of their feces in an agricultural field. Many people try to catch deer in Japan, but there are strict gun law restrictions.

Friday, October 25

AKP held its annual Halloween Parade! Even though it was raining, the students were all smiles.

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!