Author: Sofia Psolka

Sofia takes a close up shot of a bush with blue hydrangeas.
Personal Essay

Inner peace for my inner child

My life has been changed by this study abroad experience— and my inner child is happy.

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Feature Story Kyoto

A “whisk”-ful experience in Kyoto

In Japanese, chanoyu means “hot water for tea.” English speakers have decided to translate the expression to “tea ceremony,” but — as tea masters will inform you— chanoyu is simply one of life’s pleasures.   The history of tea is long— just like traditional bookbinding— so if you’re curious for more details, read this brief article. But […]

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Feature Story Kyoto

A “bound”-iful lesson in Japanese bookbinding

Before there was Tokyo, there was Kyoto— and even further than Kyoto, there was Nara. The history behind the Japanese printing press is long, intricate and war-torn. A combination of Chinese and Korean influences gave Japan the literary world it has today. In the 8th century, Nara, the ancient capital of Japan, was home to […]

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Feature Story Tokyo

Master of Japanese mystery novels: Edogawa Rampo

About a five-minute walk from the JR Ikebukuro Station, on the outskirts of Rikkyo Univerisity’s campus, is the location of the former residence of Edogawa Rampo. The building has been converted into a museum for students studying popular culture to collect resources for scholarly projects. The Edogawa Rampo Memorial Center for the Study of Popular […]

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Feature Story Tokyo

Covering sewage with style

Walking through Tokyo, one can’t miss the sakura-adorned maintenance holes. Their intricate designs began adorning the streets in the 1950s but didn’t take off until the 1980s. Following the reconstruction post-World War II, Japan experienced great economic growth. During this time, industrial wastewater and sewerage works were not effectively regulated. This led to heavy pollution […]

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Sake barrels in the Meiji Jingu Shrine.
2023 Daily Blog Posts

Day one in Tokyo leaves us full and satisfied

The Texas State School of Journalism and Mass Communication Japan team wraps up day one in Tokyo 2023. Here’s what the group did on their first full day.

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Sofia Psolka before a backdrop of hydrangeas.
Introductions

Sofia Psolka

Sofia Psolka is a digital media innovation senior, at Texas State University.

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