Greetings, and welcome to my blog!
My name is Nate, and I'm a Sophomore Guilfordian currently abroad in Osaka, Japan. We're in the second week of classes here at Kansai Gaidai University, and I'm loving it!
I had my mind made up to study abroad long before I came to Guilford. Japanese culture was a huge interest of mine growing up in Northern Virginia. From Origami and Shinto, to Manga and Anime, I loved it all. Thus, when it came time to go to college, every single application was headed for schools with programs in Japan. Guilford actually has two.
Since I wanted to experience the hustle and bustle of modern Japan, I decided to come to KGU because the school was a bit larger than ICU, the other option. Additionally, KGU is in a very historical location; it's smack-dab between Kyoto, Japan's old capital, and Osaka, the "Venice of the East".
Of those two, I already got to visit Kyoto. KGU organized a huge tour where small groups of students - half international, half English major Japanese students - could explore the city on their own. My group went to a very famous Buddhist temple called Kiyomizu. But more on that later! Hope you've enjoyed reading, see ya in my next post.