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Together with four fellow Japan Studies majors at the Asian Center, University of the Philippines Diliman (UP Diliman), and our Japan Studies Program Coordinator, Dr. Jocelyn Celero, we visited Kyoto, Nara, and Osaka from 15 to 20 December 2019 as part of a six-day study tour sponsored by the Konosuke Matsushita Foundation. The study tour was themed, “Tradition and Modernity: A Study Tour for Understanding Japanese History, Language, and Culture.”
Apart from allowing us to visit and experience selected cultural sites of the Kansai region, the trip also provided an avenue for us to experience how it feels to live and navigate Japan’s bustling metropolitan and cultural areas. Moreover, the trip also gave us the opportunity to interact with Japanese students from a private university like Ryukoku University and with those specializing in the Filipino language from an imperial/state university like Osaka University–Minoh campus


Domar Balmes (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) is pursuing his master’s degree in Asian Studies, majoring in Japan at the Asian Center, University of the Philippines Diliman.

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Type of Manuscript: Travel Narrative
Volume, Issue, Year: Volume 58, Issue 1, Year 2022
Pages: 173–188

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