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I'm going to Japan!

Joe Conley on Thursday, 13 December 2007. Posted in Study Abroad

Next summer I will take part in Kanazawa Institute of Technology's summer program, living and studying in Kanazawa, Japan for 6 weeks from June 4th to July 18th.

From wikipedia:
"Kanazawa sits on the Sea of Japan, bordered by the Japan Alps, Hakusan National Park and Noto Peninsula National Park. The city sits between the Sai and Asano rivers.
The name "Kanazawa" (金沢), which literally means "mar
sh of gold", is said to derive from the legend of the peasant Imohori Togoro (lit. "Togoro Potato-digger"), who was digging for potatoes when flakes of gold washed up.
Kanazawa was one of the few major Japanese cities to be spared USAAF fire bombing during World War II. As a result, Kanazawa's considerable architectural heritage has been preserved.
Kenrokuen Garden is by far the most famous part of Kanazawa. Originally built as the outer garden of Kanazawa castle, it was opened to the public in 1875. It is considered one of the "three most beautiful gardens in Japan" and is filled with a variety of trees, ponds, waterfalls and flowers stretching over 25 acres (100,000 m²). In winter, the park is notable for its yukitsuri — ropes attached in a conical array to trees to support the branches under the weight of the heavy wet snow, thereby protecting the trees from damage.
Outside Kenrokuen is Ishikawa-mon, the back gate (karamate- mon) to Kanazawa Castle. The original castle was largely destroyed by fire in 1888 but part of it has been partially restored as of 2001, with more to come. There are currently plans to re-create much of the original castle grounds, including some surrounding areas."

Thanks to my professors Lee-sensei and Dalal-sensei, as well as Rachel Scott and Tynelle Stewart from the Study Abroad office, this opportunity wouldn't be possible without them. I'm currently taking Beginning Japanese 3 and I'll be looking to sign up for Intermediate Japanese 1 in the spring... I've got quite a bit of studying to do... At least I have a lot of sightseeing to look forward to when I get there!