The Journey of Jun - AMJ SU Block1-

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Ancient + Modern Japan

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CIEE Kyoto



AMJ summer block 1 students visited Nara prefecture on Jun 2nd -3rd for their overnight excursion. 

Nara served as the capital of Japan from 710 to 784 AD during the Nara period, making it the country's first permanent capital.
One of the most significant historical landmarks in Nara is Nara Park, a vast public park that encompasses several temples, shrines, and gardens. Nara Park is renowned for its population of freely roaming deer, considered as symbols of the city. These deer are protected as a natural monument and have become a popular attraction for tourists.

Another prominent site in Nara is the Todai-ji temple, which houses the world's largest bronze statue of the Buddha Vairocana, also known as the Daibutsu. The temple is a UNESCO World Heritage site and an iconic symbol of Nara. Visitors can explore the grand hall, admire the statue, and enjoy the serene surroundings.

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Calligraphy workshop

Engaging in calligraphy and exploring Japanese culture through kanji is a fantastic way to appreciate the beauty of the written language. By transforming favorite words into kanji, you delved into the symbolism and meaning behind each character, gaining insight into Japanese culture. Kanji represents both literal and metaphorical meanings, encapsulating the essence of a word. This activity deepens your artistic skills while fostering a deeper connection with Japanese language and culture, allowing you to appreciate the beauty and significance of calligraphy and kanji.

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 Campus visit – Doshisha University- 

 We visited the Doshisha University campus at the end of this program for cultural activity. We spend for few hours there to experience real Japanese campus life. 

Doshisha University located in Kyoto, Japan, is a renowned private university with a rich history and a reputation for academic excellence. Founded in 1875 by Joseph Hardy Neesima, the university embodies a strong commitment to liberal arts education and social justice.

Doshisha University places great importance on social responsibility and ethical leadership. It encourages students to actively engage in community service, volunteer work, and activities that contribute to society's well-being.

In addition to academics, Doshisha University offers a vibrant student life with numerous clubs, sports teams, cultural events, and extracurricular activities. This allows students to develop their interests, cultivate friendships, and foster personal growth.

Overall, Doshisha University stands as a prestigious institution in Kyoto, providing a holistic educational experience that combines academic rigor, global perspectives, and a commitment to social impact. It continues to nurture generations of students who contribute to society and make a positive difference in the world.