The Beautiful Kyoto
Doshisha University, Japan
This study abroad adventure has definitely been something that exceeded my expectations in many ways and become an experience I will never forget. Narrowing down my time here to two memorable events wasn't easy but I think these are two of the things that will stay with me long after my time here in Kyoto has passed. Seeing the sakura bloom for the first time in my life was definitely something that will stay with me forever. It was breathtaking to watch the cold grey tones of winter suddenly burst into a sea of springtime warmth; an ocean of pink and purple flower petals. I think coming from Hawaiʻi where we don't have seasons made this that much more amazing for me.
Being able to look out from atop a bridge and see this beautiful river expanding outward, Japan's misty mountains in the background fading into a blue and gray gradient, was something that never failed to make me feel lucky to be in Kyoto and for me served as a reminder to make the most of my study abroad experience.