Author: Oli De Los Santos

Personal Essay

Capturing the unforgettable in Japan

On the second day of my adventure in Tokyo, I ran out of storage on my phone. I’ve never been an avid photographer, often going months without opening the camera app on my phone. After all, why capture life through pictures when you’re living it, right? When I take pictures, they usually come out blurry […]

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A trolley pulling up to Arashiyama Station.
Feature Story Kyoto

Quick tips for navigating Kyoto

Transportation is a vital aspect of traveling, enabling individuals to explore new destinations and immerse themselves in diverse cultures. Kyoto offers a wide variety of ways to get around, including using subways, trains, trolleys and buses. While convenient, there are a few things to keep in mind when using public transportation in Kyoto to ensure […]

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A picture near Kiyomizu-dera Temple.
Feature Story Kyoto

Exploring a hidden gem underneath Kiyomizu-dera Temple

Beneath the beautiful Kiyomizu-dera Temple lies a hidden gem known as tainai meguri. A unique and spiritual experience, tainai meguri allows you to journey into a pitch-black chamber beneath the main hall of the temple, Zuigu-do Hall. It is a spiritual exploration meant to symbolize rebirth and making your own light in the dark. Symbolism […]

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2023 Daily Blog Posts

A front-page newsworthy day

The second day in Kyoto found Texas State students at a Japanese newspaper, a monkey park, and the famous Gion area.

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Meiji Jingu torii Gate surrounded by luscious forest
Feature Story Tokyo

Progress and tradition at the Meiji Jingu Shrine

One of the best ways to learn more about Japanese culture and history is by visiting one of many Shinto shrines, and the Meiji Jingu Shrine is no exception. Located in the bustling heart of Tokyo, the Meiji Jingu Shrine stands as a tranquil oasis amidst the urban chaos. Steeped in history and spirituality, this […]

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Introductions

Oli De Los Santos

Hey, my name is Oli De Los Santos. I was born and raised in San Antonio, Texas, and I’m a junior at Texas State University studying journalism. Writing is my passion, and my career goal is to be a published novelist. In my free time, I enjoy reading, writing short stories, and going to concerts […]

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