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Last stop: Old Main

The Texas State Study Abroad/School of Journalism and Mass Communication class of 13 students that ventured to Japan this summer would like to invite you to our classroom for our final presentations!

Beginning at 10 a.m. Wednesday, July 3, in Old Main Room 320, students will give short presentations summarizing their feature stories and blog posts and showcasing their photos and short videos.

Students in this Faculty-led Study Abroad program, led by Gilbert D. Martinez and assisted by Jon Zmikly, are earning credit for both Feature Writing and Travel Journalism. It also marks the first time the School of Journalism and Mass Communication has taken students to Asia.

Recalling Japan 

Students visited Nijō Castle in Kyoto as their final group outing.

There was never a dull moment for the students on this 11-day trip to Tokyo and Kyoto. We were always on the move to discover something new. Students had the opportunity to visit Meiji Shrine, dedicated to Emperor Meiji and Empress Shōken, in Tokyo, along with a number of other Shinto shrines and Buddhist temples. In addition, we had a chance to visit the Tokyo bureau office of the Wall Street Journal to visit with a Texas State alumnus

We took a day-trip to Kamakura to see a massive bronze statue of the Buddha and explored the small island of Enoshima on the coast. Some got to watch a professional baseball game while others traveled to the base of Mount Fuji.

Everyone had the chance to ride the shinkansen (bullet train) to Kyoto. For many, it was our first time on one of the fastest trains in the world. In Kyoto, students spent the afternoon walking around Fushimi Inari Shrine, one of the most renowned locations in Kyoto.

All smiles outside of Arashiyama Monkey Park in Kyoto. Find out what happened right before this photo was taken.

Where To Find Us 

These are must-see presentations. Come hear about food fit for a sumo, must-try arcades, the nightlife, and even the music Japan has to offer. Watch photos and short videos summarizing students’ experiences.

It’s the last stop on our Study Abroad experience, and we hope you come join us!

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