01.03.2011 Dotonbori Large Crab and Glico sign in Namba, Minami, Osaka January 7th 2011 Today was all about Osaka, and Kaori had some surprises for me. What seemed like a quick trip turns into one of the longest walks I have been on in Japan. Both Kaori and I were still hungry after the morning breakfast and train ride to Namba. The gold arches of McDonalds were only a 30 second walk from the train and I never had McDonalds in Japan yet so it was perfect. Kaori found a deal on our ce ... read more
Asia » Japan » Osaka In 1603, a Tokugawa shogunate (military dictatorship) ushered in a long period of isolation from foreign influence in order to secure its power. For 250 years this policy enabled Japan to enjoy stability and a flowering of its indigenous culture. Fol... ... read more
My name is Brian Doyle and I will be leaving my home for several months for the first time. As an International Business student, I believe without the ability to communicate and understand a culture in its home location, the culture is excluded and immersion cannot be attained. Therefore I plan to participate in Japanese business and language courses, studying the traditional Japanese life style, and understanding how globalization impacts cultures outside the United States.
I will be attending Kwansei Gakuin University located in Osaka, Japan. Their classes offer a unique way for fore... full info