Author: Reese Zeigler

Personal Essay

Japan: skills, friends and experiences

If you would have told me this time last year that I was going to have traveled to Japan before my next year of college, I probably would have laughed. Now, that’s true. My expectations Going to Japan has been a dream of mine for a while, so naturally, when I learned about the School […]

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Feature Story Kyoto

Forget the sushi, we’re going to McDonald’s

When traveling overseas, the last place one might think about eating at is McDonald’s. Sure, they have burgers, nuggets and fries like in the United States, but there are quite a few notable differences. The restaurant Unlike the restaurants in the United States, the ones in Kyoto don’t have drive-thrus. In addition, most people opt […]

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Feature Story Kyoto

Kiyomizu-dera: The temple on the hill

In Japan, there are two main religions: Buddhism and Shintoism. In Buddhism, the main place of practice is a temple, for Shintoism it is a shrine. Kiyomizu-dera is labeled as a temple, but it also houses a shrine. The temple At the temple, there are many buildings for prayer and each one is for something […]

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Feature Story Tokyo

Gardens fit for a princess: the East Gardens of the Imperial Palace

The East Gardens of the Imperial Palace are the gardens that can be found next to the palace in Tokyo. Although found on palace grounds, it is not private. Anyone is free to enter. Architecture Walking through the entrance to the gardens makes anyone feel like royalty. Visitors must walk across a bridge over a […]

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Feature Story Tokyo

Peopo: your friendly neighborhood police mascot

Mascots for different brands and such can be found all over Japan. The one that helped start the mascot trend in cities and their police stations is Peopo. Peopo’s start Peopo was created in 1987 with the intention of helping the Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department build trust and happiness in the public. Peopo was created […]

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Lit lanterns above restaurant
2023 Daily Blog Posts

A first night in Tokyo like no other

Nearly everyone in our group has now made it to Japan safe and sound, and the first night is in the books. It was a night of new food, new friends, a new place and new memories. A lot has happened in just one night, and it is just the beginning. First stop: the hotel […]

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Introductions

Reese Zeigler

Hi! My name is Reese Zeigler, and I am a junior majoring in mass communication at Texas State University. In my spare time, I like to go on walks with my dog, play video games with my brother, cook, and bake. I have traveled overseas before to countries in Eastern Europe, so I am not […]

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