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Jasmine Raghunandan
Tokyo, Japan
Living life one adventure at a time.
Interests: I am up for trying new things. However, you can usually find me engrossed in a good book, sketching away, or typing furiously on my laptop the newest chapter to my book. (In other words - being a writer.)
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It’s no lie when they say that Kyoto is the cultural hub of Japan. There’s so much to do, see, taste, and experience just for your own cultural enrichment that, when we first arrived, we were all overwhelmed on what to do first despite the planned itinerary. However, one thing... Continue reading
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On a wonderful adventure to Kyoto for the holiday season, my friends and I took a trip to Fushimi Inari Shrine, most iconic for the series of bright Torii, or gates, fixated continuously along the path leading up to the top of the mountain. According to Wikipedia, “Inari is known... Continue reading
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There's nothing more exciting than getting the chance to get up and head out on a sunny Sunday morning and meet up with your friends for a sight-seeing adventure. That is exactly what I did. The destination was set for Kawagoe and the group that I went with consisted of... Continue reading
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Having chosen to live in a dorm as opposed to a home stay meant that I was choosing to live a totally different experience, one where I would be on my own almost completely in terms of navigating Tokyo and just living in the city. However through CIEE, I was... Continue reading
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The art of glass making was first introduced in Tokyo during the Edo period of Japan (1603-1867) by a master of the art from Nagasaki. From that point on, it continued as in invaluable tradition of craft making to the Japanese. This delightful and traditional piece produced from the glass... Continue reading
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Imagine sitting in anticipation for a performance. The room is dark and all is quiet. You know what’s about to happen, but you’re not quite sure what to expect as this is your first time ever having witnessed a traditional performance. Suddenly, a loud bang of a bellowing drum demands... Continue reading
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Everyone loves a good fireworks show - They're bright, colorful, absolutely beautiful, and if you're a hopeless romantic like me, then you can even call them "Magical". This past weekend, my friends and I - The usual band of international and local misfits - jumped on the train and rode... Continue reading
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Silver Week (シルバーウィーク Shirubā Wīku) - a string of ... Continue reading
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Looming Culture Shock The past three weeks have demonstrated to me that even the most put-together person can be completely disarmed and left vulnerable by what is known as "Culture Shock" - This is something that happens when you are realize that your culture, your way of doing things, is... Continue reading
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