SJMC Japan 2023 wraps up an unforgettable trip

13 undergraduate students.

One graduate instructional assistant.

Two faculty members.

11 memorable days in Tokyo, Kamakura and Kyoto.

13 daily blog posts written by students.

13 mini-documentaries.

54 feature stories about Tokyo and Kyoto.

13 insightful personal essays (plus a professional essay and personal essay by graduate student Jamie Gonzalez).

Three company visits (with the Tokyo bureau of the Wall Street Journal, Time Out Tokyo and the Kyoto Shimbun).

One Nippon Professional Baseball game.

Two interactions with Japanese universities.

One tea ceremony with a tea master in Kyoto.

Numerous visits to Buddhist temples and Shinto shrines.

Countless Instagram reels, stories and posts.

Endless trips to 7-Elevens for snacks.

What does all this add up to? A lifetime of memories from the trip of a lifetime to Japan.

We’re so proud of SJMC Japan Team 2023. We started out as virtual strangers and over the course of the month, we bonded into a supporting family. Along the way, we pushed ourselves to create the best blog posts, feature stories, social media content, personal travel essays and mini-documentaries we could to document a trip we’ll always remember.

You can relive our preparation for the trip, each day in Japan and our return home in the daily blog posts. In the menu, you can also find all feature stories about Tokyo and Kyoto and all personal essays.

You can also find all mini-documentaries created by the undergraduate students.

In addition, you can find the personal and professional essays by Ms. Gonzalez, the program’s graduate instructional assistant who proved invaluable and indispensible. She also created three 360-degree videos and a promotional video, all of which can be found on the program’s YouTube channel.

On Friday, students gave final presentations reflecting on their work and takeaways about the program. A video recording of the presentations can be found below and on the YouTube channel.

Thanks to everyone for following our class on this website and Instagram. We hope to take a new group of students to Japan next year. Interested Texas State students should email us to express their interest (Martinez:; Zmikly:

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