Author: Maurice Epps

Personal Essay

A thousand pictures for a million words

As I sit in a coffee shop surrounded by peers trying to start this essay, I realize that I don’t really know how to encapsulate my feelings about this trip. As much as I like to call myself a writer, and if I’m feeling extra egotistical, I’d say a poet, I struggle to find the […]

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Feature Story Kyoto

Shrines and temples: unraveling the sacred spaces of Shintoism and Buddhism

In the land of the rising sun, where ancient traditions harmoniously blend with modernity, two major religious practices have long played a significant role in shaping Japanese culture and spirituality: Shintoism and Buddhism. While distinct in their beliefs and practices, these two religions have coexisted side by side for centuries, influencing each other and creating […]

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Feature Story Kyoto

Kamo River: Kyoto’s haven of history, culture and natural beauty

One of Japan’s most treasured natural gems lies hidden amidst the ancient streets of Kyoto—the enchanting Kamo River. As the cultural heart of this historic city, the river has gracefully flowed through the annals of time, bearing witness to centuries of captivating tales and legends. With its serene atmosphere and captivating allure, the Kamo River […]

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Roses with sky background
Feature Story Featured Tokyo

Tokyo’s urban oases

Along with its stunning architecture, elaborate subway systems, and beautiful historic sites, visitors to Japan are bound to experience breaks in the mold of the city. One of the most notable—and definitely the prettiest—of these changes of pace are the immense green spaces in the city. Inside one of the busiest cities in the world, […]

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Train passing through
Feature Story Tokyo

The tracks have tracks (and they’re called launch melodies)

One of the most well known facets of Japanese society is its prestigious subway systems. There is, however, an incredibly unique quirk that only people who’ve been to Japan will know. As the trains prepare to depart, and just before the doors slide closed, the passengers are treated to music. These songs are composed specifically […]

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Daruma Doll placed on my windowsil
2023 Daily Blog Posts

‘All my bags are packed, I’m ready to go’

The Texas State University School of Journalism and Mass Communication’s trip to Japan is imminent. Here’s a look at how the participating students are preparing for the journey.

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Meeting Maurice (Me)

Hello! My name is Maurice Epps, and I’m a junior at Texas State University. I’m pursuing a degree in electronic media with a minor in writing. For as long as I can remember, I’ve been pursuing a career in content creation. I’m constantly trying to improve my writing and video editing skills, and I don’t […]

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