Category: GE3: Tohoku University

First Festival in the Tiny Village of Izumi Kamuri

Yesterday, my Japanese Culture class had a fun little trip going to the Izumi Kamuri village (name meaning “mountain spring”), a community of only 1,500 about an hour away from Sendai’s city center. It is here that the traditional Sword and Deer Dances had originated. The Deer Dance, or shishi odori, was originally created to commemorate deer ...

Xplore Sendai with the Plops

Today, the Tohoku University Foreign Student Association (TUFSA) decided to take out the international students to tour around Sendai and visit quintessential locations near and around our dormitory. The first few stops were cheap (in an absolutely great way for a college student as myself) vegetable and halal shops. Next, we stopped by other grocery ...

Matsushima: A True View of Japan

Matsushima, translated as Pine Islands, is ranked as one of the Three Views of Japan. It is located a couple kilometers northeast of Sendai and is composed of a small town, a bay, and over 260 islands all covered in pines (hence, the name). A couple friends and I went there a few days ago ...

Friends in Japan! But…not Japanese?

(Featured image top left to bottom right: Greg, Stang, Tan, Gigi, Oussama, Eve, me, Mima, Dita) Living in the International House meant running into people of every nation and culture except Japanese! Today, I’d like to post about my newfound friends from around the world and how they’ve opened my eyes just a bit more ...

Sendai, the City of Trees

After a 14-hour flight and a 16-hour delay at Incheon International at Seoul, South Korea, I had finally arrived to the city I will be calling home for the next year. Sendai, a city of nature, festivals, and great cow tongue (known as “gyutan”)! Arriving at Sendai International, the first thing I came to realize ...