Category: Fall 2017

Shrines. Bamboo. Torii.

In Asia, it is really popular for tourist to go to different cultural places, such as shrines, nature sites, and food spots. The shrines that are in and around Osaka all look the same in some aspects, but have unique features that set them apart. We went to a couple of shrines in Osaka and ...

A Glimpse of the Past, the Japanese Revolution, and Sendai

This past week, my friends and I had traveled to Shiroishi, a town located around an hour south of Sendai, with the purpose of visiting Shiroishi-jō. Shiroishi-jō, meaning White Stone Castle, was built in the 1300’s, destroyed and rebuilt in 1591, again destroyed in 1819, rebuilt in 1823, only to be destroyed once again in 1875 and rebuilt ...

A Typical Day in Mannheim

I’ve received a lot of questions in the past couple of weeks asking how exactly I spend my time abroad. Honestly, as incredible as it is to venture around Europe and create memories that will last a lifetime, it’s also equally as exciting to live in a foreign country for so long. But once all ...

Irasshaimase!

Since being in Japan for a couple of days now, we have done so much within the last three days. We have interacted with people that you wouldn’t meet in Hong Kong or the States and everyone here is extremely helpful even though some people speak very little English. The hospitality here in Japan is ...

JAPAN!

Classes have finally finished at HKUST and it has been a wild, but fun ride at the school. I completely finished two classes and have two finals towards the end of December. For my Chinese class, my teacher was very happy that she got to teach us Mandarin and how far we have all come ...

Japanese Pottery and Dumplings?!

This past week I had been given the opportunity to learn how to create Japanese pottery and dumplings, known as togei and gyoza respectively. These are items that can be found in multiple areas outside of Japan but it does not mean the style and design are the same. Given the opportunity to make Japanese pottery meant ...

Hiking in the Black Forest

Because Mannheim is conveniently located in the state of Baden-Württemberg (the biggest state in all of Germany) (yes, I’m bragging), it’s relatively close to the world-famous Black Forest. It’s a great day trip for Mannheim students, and provides endless opportunities for you to hike, explore, discover, and contemplate the spooky legends that have given this ...