Author: Gabby Fiorenza

Personal Essay

Confirmation that time flies by when having fun

I consider myself an outgoing person, but I was fully prepared to isolate myself for this trip. My worst fear was that no one would laugh at my jokes. If that were the case, I would not be able to have a good relationship with anyone. On a more serious note, I was anxious about […]

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Feature Story Kyoto

The significance of Japanese cranes – origami and otherwise

Visitors to some popular destinations in Kyoto may wonder: what’s with all the cranes? Known as the “tsuru,” the crane’s historical and cultural significance can be traced back to ancient times.  It has deep roots in Japanese folklore, art and tradition. In Japanese mythology, cranes mate for life and are believed to live for 1,000 […]

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Feature Story Kyoto

A Kyoto tourist guide for souvenir shopping

While exploring tourist hot spots, some people can’t overlook the allure of the souvenir shopping scene. Souvenir shopping in Kyoto offers a colorful atmosphere with a variety of options from which to choose. Kyoto is a city that blends traditional Japan with modern times. Being the former capital of Japan, Kyoto still is home to […]

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Feature Story Tokyo

How to get lost in the wonders of Don Quijote

Amongst the city lights of Tokyo lies Don Quijote, the famous retail store that offers an array of products. Don Quijote greets customers with a vibrant interior that keeps true to its private brand, “Jonetz (Jonetsu Kakaku),” which stems from the idea of “giving shape to the thrill and excitement of our customers.”   Open […]

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Feature Story Tokyo

A hostel, coffee shop and hang-out lounge collide in Citan

Travelers in Tokyo who want coffee have lots of options. Travelers looking for a place to stay have many hotel choices. Travelers looking for a place to mingle over drinks and dinner have a lot to choose from. A business in Tokyo, CITAN, blends it all together into one building. Located in Nihonbashi, CITAN gets […]

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2023 Daily Blog Posts

Airplane food making a comeback

After leaving behind friends, family, and beloved pets, the SJMC Japan team began their long-awaited journey. Eight of the 14 members all met at Austin-Bergstrom International Airport. For the majority of the group, check-in at the airport was a breeze. Some team members arrived a few hours early just in case they were faced with […]

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Introductions

Gabby Fiorenza

Howdy! My name is Gabby Fiorenza, and I’m a senior at Texas State University studying mass communications and media studies. During my free time, I love watching scary movies, paddle boarding, and painting. I’m super excited to go to Japan with the School of Journalism and Mass Communication this June. It’s crazy to think that […]

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