Author: Aspen Plummer

Personal Essay

A journey through Japan

Why was I interested in the Japan program? I wanted to be apart of the study abroad program to revisit and explore more of what Japan has to offer than what I remembered when I was 12 years old living in Misawa, Japan; basically the country and closed off part of Japan. I genuinely wanted […]

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Feature Story Kyoto

Contemplating the death of Buddha

Housed in Rishōdo Temple, right next to Ryōzen Kannon, paintings depicting the death of Buddha hold significant cultural and religious value, encapsulating the final moments of Gautama Buddha’s life on earth. These sorrowful artworks portray the transition to Parinirvana, symbolizing the completion of enlightenment and liberation from the cycle of birth and death. Rishōdo Temple […]

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Feature Story Tokyo

Shibuya, a district of tradition and innovation

Shibuya’s history can be traced back to the 11th century, when it started as a small farming village on the outskirts of Tokyo. Over time it transformed into a flourishing commercial hub, catering to the needs of the developing city. Despite its modern facade, traces of the past are still present in Shibuya, with remnants […]

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Feature Story Kyoto

The rich history of Kiyomizu-dera

Buried in the hills of Kyoto, Japan, Kiyomizu-dera Temple stands as a testament to the country’s rich cultural and religious heritage. With its breathtaking views, magnificent architecture and storied history, this Buddhist temple has captivated the hearts and minds of visitors for centuries. The temple was founded in 780 AD and is part of the […]

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Feature Story Tokyo

Exploring the heart of Harajuku: a trip down Takeshita Street

Takeshita Street is a testament to Tokyo rich history and cultural heritage. It is an extremely popular destination for tourists and locals. The street is lined with shops, restaurants and bars, each with its own unique style and flair. Its atmosphere is bright and the energy is bustling. With over 100 shops to explore, the […]

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Texas State University students walk into Rikkyo University in Tokyo.
2023 Daily Blog Posts

Day three in Tokyo: meet, greet and stay safe

Day three left SJMC Japan team full of smiles, food and safety tips for the days to come in Japan. The team met with Rikkyo University students, took a tour of the campus, and had a very unique and pleasurable dining experience with some of those students. Then they received disaster safety training geared for […]

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Introductions

Introduction to Aspen Plummer

Hey guys, I am Aspen Plummer, a junior at Texas State University, digital media innovation major, semi-professional NBA2k gamer, summer river floater, casual electric guitarist, basketball hooper, and a simple, open-minded guy that wants to explore and see what the world has to offer. I am a military brat and was stationed in Misawa Air […]

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