さようなら!

Until we meet again, a final farewell from me. For now, this concludes the blog for IUHPFL Osaka 2017. Otsukare-sama deshita! https://youtu.be/HR9sKtzhqck (Summer, I realized after I hit stop that I didn't record a message for you, my apologies. I hope to see you again soon.)

Our Last Week in Osaka

It's finally the heart of summer, which in most of Japan, means that you can hear the sounds of semi (locusts) throughout the day. Before launching into our busy final week of activities, I thought I'd just present a calm, portrait/video of the surroundings where we can hear these semi to show what things are like in... Continue Reading →

Overnight in Tokyo

Just before the Farewell Party, we gave a survey out to the students asking them which of the three main excursions--Koyasan, Kyoto, and Tokyo--they had enjoyed the most. The students came back with a unanimous verdict: Tokyo, and probably for a variety of reasons. We got to spend the night in Tokyo, which meant we... Continue Reading →

Around Osaka

The students right at this moment are busy preparing for the Farewell Ceremony, and trying to process the Tokyo trip we just got back from, which will be the subject of the next and second-last post, but before then I wanted to look back on some of the things we've done in and around the... Continue Reading →

Off to Kyoto!

The ensoku to Kyoto was one of the trips our students were most looking forward to, but I'll admit, it was also one of the trips I was personally most worried about. Kyoto hosts more than a million tourists from Japan and abroad during the Gion Festival alone, and we were going to be there on... Continue Reading →

International Exchange at School

IUHPFL students do travel around and see amazing places every week, but they are, first and foremost, students. We've had a very active week of studying Japanese history, culture, pronunciation, and communication, and the students have also taken part in a number of exchange opportunities at our host school, Osaka SHS. Because of the bunkasai and... Continue Reading →

Bunkasai! 文化祭

It's been a while since my last post, since we literally have not had a day's break in the program for nearly two weeks now, but we have a few posts lined up to get out, so there should be a few more out in succession now. First, a short one on the school festival.... Continue Reading →

Arrival in Japan: Part 2

The first day of orientation was originally meant to cover only the very basics: health and safety, program policies, how to ride trains, and what to do at school. The students listened quite attentively, and the orientation events all the way through the visit to the Abeno Center’s earthquake simulations went much faster than expected.... Continue Reading →

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