Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Osaka Castle!!

After lunch, we gathered at Demachi Yanagi Train station to get on the Express to Osaka.  From Kyobashi station we walk through several buildings including Panasonic Twin 21 tower to get to Osaka Castle main tower.

Not that hot and humid, not quite a rain, so it was a good day for visiting there!

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Mt. Inari to Tofukuji Temple.

After school, everyone gets to Demachiyanagi Train Station where we had lunch.  Keihan train took us to the Fushimi Inari Grand Shrine from which we went through 1000 tori gates to the top of Mt. Inari.

We went down to the other side of the mountain to visit Tofukuji Temple.  We walked a lot but a good walking for exercise!

Monday, June 26, 2017

Yasaka Shrine to Kiyomizu Temple

It took quite a while from the school to get to Gion after lunch as not everyone is familiar in the school area to eat lunch.

Split into several groups to get to Gion where we begin from Yasaka shrine to go to Kiyomizu temple via Maruyama Park, Kodaiji Temple, Ryozan Kannon, Sannnei-zaka, Ninen-zaka, Kiyomizu-zaka.

Hot humid day really has begun so we will have some struggles from now on to fight against this lovely weather.

Friday, June 23, 2017

Tenryuji Temple to the Mt. top of ARASHIYAMA

Finally the real hot and humid Kyoto arrived!  (Still not too bad) Having a lunch around Kitano Hakubaicho Randen train station, we left for Arashiyama where we could see the whole Kyoto city from the western mountain area.

Walking through a part of bamboo forest and we got to the top of Arashiyama park from which monkey mountain and river could be viewed.

Some are going to Tokyo this weekend and others may be wondering around Kyoto city this first weekend!

Thursday, June 22, 2017

The Golden Pavilion Welcomed us!

Unlike the heavy rain yesterday, it was a beautifully clouded day today so that we did not have to worry about sunburn and too much heat!

After having lunch at Zonshinkan Cafeteria at Ritsumeikan University we walked up to the Golden Pavilion (Kinkakuji-Temple). 

Though there were very many tourists, we have managed to go through the garden.

A few students in the morning still got a bit lost on their way to school but everyone seems to be getting better now!

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Rock Garden under the rain welcomed us!

First full day of the study abroad program has begun with heavy rain.  After having a lunch at Ritsumeikan University Ryoyukan Cafeteria, we went to Ryoanji temple and the Rock Garden in the rain was also mysteriously beautiful!

For most students today was a commuting challenge but everyone made it and will have no problem about it!

Many including GTS are suffering a bit from the Jet lag but will be alright soon!

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Study Abroad Japan 2017 has begun!

On Tuesday 6/20/17, College of DuPage Group safely arrived at Narita, then Osaka, then Kyoto!  Everyone is fine though exhausted.  Our first morning in Kyoto is greeting rain in the rainy season but we will enjoy every moment in Kyoto!

First day will have the placement exam as well as first field trip to Ryoanji Rock Garden after lunch at Ritsumeikan University where GTS was graduated from years ago!

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Back to the "normal" life!

As soon as coming back to Chicago, the regular life re-began.  Some didn't come back to class and there will be fewer students to complete every class!

Summer Study Abroad 2017 is now ready to leave for Japan on Monday 6/19/2017 with over 15 students like last year!

We will be joined by 10 students from Gerogia Southern University in Kyoto, which is very exciting!
Regular summer course at COD will offer Japanese 1101 and its students can continue to study Japanese 1102 in Fall.

The Fall semester classes are now announced.

Japanese 1101  (M/W 10-12, T/Th 10-12, 12-2, and 7-9pm)
Japanese 1102  (M/W 5-7pm)
Japanese 2201  (M/W 1-3pm)
Besides these classes, Japanese 2251 is under planning for those who completed Japanese 2202.

Spring Japan Trip 2018 has been proposed and soon to be announced!

Saturday, April 1, 2017

Heading back home!

We will get back to Chicago soon!  We will leave Osaka for Haneda, Tokyo then switch to the international flight to Chicago.

It was a bit sad trip as the cherry blossoms did not bloom but at least everyone including GTS got energized to refresh ourselves to move forward!

GTS will come back to Kyoto in June with over 15 students for COD Study Abroad!

The Final Destination ---Osaka Castle!

Today was the final whole day and the weather did recover but not enough for cherry blossoms to bloom!

There are so many cherry trees in Osaka Castle area but a little sad scenery without cherry blossoms blooming though everyone enjoyed climbing up in the Castle main tower to see the whole Osaka.

Hokoku Shrine's cherry was blooming behind the statue of Hideyoshi Toyotomi!!

It was still a nice day but we are still missing flower!

Friday, March 31, 2017

Could not philosophize under rain but.....

Before having rain we visited Nanzenji-temple to see the beautiful complex and then proceeded to Eikando temple where everyone got into the main building and walked around!

From Eikando, we stopped by Nyakuoji Shrine which is the starting point of Philosopher's Path!
Rain got heavier but we got ourselves admitted into the Silver Pavilion from which we could leave for the downtown to dismiss for today.

A lot of free time made students happy!

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Han'nya Shingyo Scripture Writing

City bus number 91 took us to Daikakuji Temple where we enjoyed brush writing of Buddhist scripture writing.  After visiting Daikakuji, we did so-called SAGANO MEGURI to get to Nonomiya Shrine through the bamboo forest.

After having lunch in the Arashiyama train station area, we visited Tenryu-ji Temple.  We could view the entire city from the western mountain area.  We will see the similar view from the eastern mountain area tomorrow!

Tonight was the group dinner night where everyone talked, laughed, and tasted some traditional food.

Finally the Cherry Blossoms began blooming but......

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

The Golden Pavilion and the Rock Garden

We started a little late this morning to visit the Golden Pavilion and the Rock Garden (Ryoanji) before going to Ritsumeikan University (GTS is graduated from) to have a lunch at its cafeteria.

After lunch we visited Kitano Tenmangu Shrine via Hirano Shrine and finally reached Nishijin Textile Center where some got nice fabric and other souvenirs!

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

1001 statues welcomed us!

We were welcomed by 1001 images of Buddha of mercy at Sanjusangendo Temple first in the morning.  We got there even before its opening.  Then we took bus to Gojo-zaka from which the Tea Bowl Slope path too us to the Kiyomizu-temple.

After viewing the city's south we left for Maruyama park and Yasaka Shrine via Three-year path and Two-year path though regrettably the most famous cherry blossoms were not bloom yet.

After lunch in Gion area, we went to Heian Jingu Shrine and its garden before visiting Kyoto Handicraft Center where they took a couple of hours to explorer souvenir shopping.

The night show of Japanese tradition performance  at Gion Corner was fabulous.

Monday, March 27, 2017

Phoenix and thousands of Torii gates welcomed us

We went out from the Kyoto city again to get to the Phoenix Pavilion in Uji city which is famous for its tea.  Though Sakura flower did not bloom yet certainly welcomed us.  While walking back to the train station along the Uji river, we saw the official opening day ceremony of Cormorant fishing.

On the way back to the city center we stopped by at the Fushimi Inari Grand Shrine which is famous for its thousands of Torii gates.  We tasted mysterious atmosphere with many many visitors through the Torii gate tunnel.

We had a lunch break in Kawaramachi Sanjo where many students tried to enjoy REAL sushi.  After lunch the city subway took us to the Nijo Castle from which we walked back to the hotel through Shinsen'en.

It was another beautiful day!

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Nara day passed wonderfully!

The real first day in Kyoto really began with Nara day!   First, the city bus took us to the Kyoto station where we could get to Nara by Kintetsu train.  Under the good sun, we visited Todai-ji temple to greet the giant Buddha image and walk through February Hall from which we could see the entire Nara city.  

We continued to walk though Tamukeyama Hachimagu, Wakakusa-yama park to get to Kasuga Grand Shrine where we are luckily bumped into Shinto Style Wedding Ceremony.

After lunch in Nara station area, we went to back to Kyoto central city area where we walked along Nishi Market Street.  Though it started to rain, there was not much negative influence on our daily plan!

Saturday, March 25, 2017

2017 Spring Trip to Kyoto has begun!!

With 13 participants, GTS annual Spring Field Trip to Kyoto for flower viewing has just begun.  Very good group of all ages (19 through over 60).  Our All Nippon Airways flight from Chicago departed on time and arrived in Narita about 30 minutes earlier which gave us ample time of changing currency and exploring Narita International Airport.

We took flight from Narita to Itami, Osaka from where we go to Hotel in Kyoto by monorail and Hankyu subway.

Everyone has been exhausted but very fine and we will go to Nara tomorrow to see the Giant Buddha image while feeding many deer in Nara park area!

Stay tuned!

Sunday, January 1, 2017

Happy New Year! The Year of Rooster has come!

Year 2017, the Rooster year has just begun and GTS is ready to move forward to raise cultural awareness with colorful diversity.  The focus is always between USA and Japan but trans-cultural undrstanding has no border!

COD Japanese class will begin on Monday 1/23/2017 so still three weeks remain to register the class.  All the classes are GO (green light) and Spring Trip to Japan has 13 participants and Sakura, the Cherry Blossoms, will wait for us!

JAPANESE 1101      TUE/THU      10am-12noon, 12noon-2pm, and 7pm-9pm
JAPANESE 1102      MON/WED    10am-12noon
JAPANESE 2201      MON/WED     5pm-7pm
JAPANESE 2202      MON/WED     1pm-3pm

Summer Study Abroad Program to Kyoto, Japan is also coming!
The orientation is 5/21-22/2017 (Sat-Sun)
The trip  6/19/2017-7/20/2017

Already 15 students have partially submitted the application and most likely be admitted!

Have a wonderful year!