Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Summer Study Abroad is ready

This is the 20th year of the Japan Summer Study Abroad Program.

Last few yeara have been joined by East Los Angeles College and Georgia Southern University.

This year, with students from Georgia, total 21 students are going to Kyoto, Japan from mid-June to mid-July.

Will be fun!

Saturday, March 31, 2018

Giant Buddha said good-bye to us!

The final day of our trip was to go to Nara to see many deer and the Giant Buddha in Todaiji.  After smeeting with THE Buddha, we could go up to April Hall of Todaiji from which we can view the entire Nara city!

We had a little hike from Tamukeyama Hachimangu we walk through Wakakusa mountain, Kasuga Grand Shrine and Sarusawa Pond to Nara Station area for late lunch

Upon finishing lunch Kintetsu train took us back to the Kyoto Station!

We are leaving here for Chicago tomorrow!

Friday, March 30, 2018

From Keage Incline to the Silver Pavilion via Philosopher's Path

City bus #46 took us to right in front of the City Musium from where we walk to Keage Water Plant Incline along Kyoto canal.  Through the water plant with full bloom of cherry blossoms we went down to Nanzenji Temple.  Almost next to it was Eikando temple where we explored inside the main building in which monks in training are chanting.

After Eikando, we reached Nyakuoji Shrine which is the starting point of the Philosopher's Path continuing to the Silver Pavilion.  While enjoying the full bloom of cherry blossoms we walk to Silver Pavilion area where GTS was born 55 years ago!

From the mountain in the temple we could view the entire city from the east end.

Good day continues!

Thursday, March 29, 2018

Arashiyama Day!

Over 30 minutes city bus ride took us to Daikakuji temple at the northwest corner of the city (Kimon: Damon Gate).  At the temple we did Shakyo (Copying the one of the Sutra, Han'nyashingyo) Calligraphy and walked around Osawa Pond garden where cherry blossoms were beautifully blooming)

After having a lunch in the Arashiyama Station area, we walked through Bamboo trail whiule over looking Nonomiya Shrine and Tenryuji temple.  From the top of the mountain, we could view the cherry blossoms in the mountain across the river.

Cherry blossoms in the Arashiyama Park in the Oi river bank were also in full bloom!

Two more days!

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

The Golden Pavilion with Rock Garden

Super shiny Golden Pavilion with Cherry blossom welcomed us before visiting tje Rock Garden where we could sit and empty the mind for a while.

After walking around the pond in Ryoanji temple, we went into Ritsumeikan Univetsity which GTS was graduated from some 30 years ago.

We had lunch at the campus cafeteria and wete heading to Hirano Shrine whete cherry blossom was in full bloom.

On the way back to the hotel, we enjoyed Kimono fashion show at Nishijin Textile Center.

Another great day!

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Super Blooming Day again!

The third day began with sunshine and some of us just wore short sleeve shirt.  City bus took us to Kiyomizu-dera temple from where we walk down to Yasaka Shrine via Ninen-zaka, Sannei-zaka Ryozan Kannon (outside large mercy Buddha statue), Kodai-ji temple.

The main Sakura Cherry Blossom is in full bloom at Maruyama Park!  After being impressed, we had a lunch break and were heading to Heian Jingu Shrine which has the largest Shrine garden in Kyoto.

Everyone did enjoy shopping at Kyoto Handicraft Center before going back to the hotel!

Another amazing day! 

Monday, March 26, 2018

1001 Buddha and Poenix was greeting to us!

Super good weather assisted us all day long.
At the first place in Sanjusangendo, 1001 statues of Buddha of Mercy welcomed us and sent us to the Phoenix Pavillion in Uji.

We had a chance to eat lunch at the Conveyer Belt Sushi after visiting the Phoenix Pavilion.

We hurriedly paid our visit to Nijo castle from which we went back to the hotel via Shinsenen.

It was a nice day.