Author: Brianna Archer

Personal Essay

Living, laughing and learning in Japan

Before this trip, I didn’t put much thought into Japan itself. I knew that we would be seeing some breathtaking sights, eating good food and trying new things, but I just left that in the hands of the professors and the guides. ‘ What I did put thought into was how nervous I was to be […]

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Feature Story Kyoto

Snack attack in the land of konbini

Convenience stores, also known as “konbini” in Japan, have become an essential part of Japanese culture and daily life. The country’s drive for efficiency has made stores like 7-Eleven, Lawson, and FamilyMart even more popular. What started as a place to get a quick bite or quickly buy daily necessities has grown into so much […]

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Feature Story Kyoto

Kyoto’s hottest real estate for 500 years: the Kyoto Imperial Palace

The Kyoto Imperial Palace is a vital cultural symbol of the city of Kyoto and an important historical site in Japan, attracting visitors from around the world interested in Japanese history, architecture and traditional aesthetics. The present palace that we see today was once used as the home of emperors for 500 years, dating to […]

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Feature Story Tokyo

Navigating Japan’s culinary maze

Making the adventure to a new city can be nerve-racking for a picky eater, especially when heading to a new country like Japan. With its distinct culinary traditions and unique flavors, Japan can pose significant challenges for American picky eaters. Let’s explore these challenges in more detail. One of the biggest hurdles for American picky […]

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Feature Story Tokyo

Harajuku: a shopaholic’s dream

Shopping in Japan offers a distinct experience that sets it apart from the United States, and nowhere is this more evident than in Tokyo’s vibrant Harajuku district. Harajuku fashion can be categorized as a unique and vibrant subculture that originated in the Harajuku district of Tokyo. The roots of this fashion movement can be traced […]

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2023 Daily Blog Posts

Time’s up in Tokyo, fast train to Kyoto

On day five of the SJMC Japan team’s trip, they went to Time Out Tokyo, rode the bullet train and explored Kyoto.

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Introductions

Brianna Archer

Hi everyone! My name is Brianna Archer and I am a senior at Texas State University studying electronic media and sociology! In my free time, I enjoy hanging out at the San Marcos River, shopping, and geeking out over movies and TV shows. I have a newfound love of traveling, discovered when I spent a […]

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