Religion & Philosophy at Lyon College


Nichols Japan Trip 2004

A Group Diary

(Quotes from student and faculty journals are used to describe various pictures. The student authors of the quotes are identified by their initials.)

We are grateful to the Nichols Family who made this trip possible.

Click on the thumbnail pictures to see the full size photographs.

Day 1 (May 12-13)

Our first day became two days according to the calendar, because of crossing the International Date Line. In spite of more than 14 hours total flying time, we suffered virtually no jet lag.

An excited group ready to fly. L-R: Jessica Price, Juan Herera, Matt Richard, & Kent Runnells. We departed from Memphis on Northwest Airlines.

We arrived in Tokyo's Narita Airport with no hitches.

We found this restaurant in the Shinjuku district near our hotel. From the first night we all loved the food in Japan! (Photo: JH)


Day 2 (May 14) -- Tokyo

Breakfast at the Lornstar Hotel in Tokyo (Shinjuku area). The rooms were small, but had western amenenities, particularly private bathrooms!

Meiji Shrine. "The bustling city gave way to a serene nature. As ... I walked through the huge torii I could feel a change take place around me." KR

Shinto sacred places, like Meiji, are typically called shrines or "jingu." This shrine was built in 1929 to honor the Emperor Meiji and his wife.

Offerings of barrels of saki from all over Japan.

"Walking into the main [shrine] ... I saw myself going back in time and was able to visualize ... the mysticism and culture I read in text books." JH

Shinto priest available to assist worshippers.

Within yards of the serene Meiji Jingu was the bustling Harajuku and Takeshita Alley, famous for teenage fashion and music shops.

Our primary means of transportation across Japan was the Shinkansen--bullet train. We typically rode the Hikari line when we travelled great distances

Students often used the time on the Shinkansen to write in their journals (or to sleep)!


Click here for Day 3 -- First full day in Kyoto (May 15)

Click here for Day 4 -- Day trip to Nara (May 16)

Click here for Day 5 -- "Path of Philosophy" in Eastern Kyoto (May 17)

Click here for Day 6 -- Western and South Central Kyoto including Gion Corner (May 18)

Click here for Day 7 -- Day trip to Hiroshima and Miyajima (May 19)

Click here for Day 8 -- Free Day (May 20)

Click here for Days 9 & 10 -- Ise and Pearl Island (May 21-22)

Click here for Days 11 & 12 -- Tokyo to U.S.A. (May 23-24)


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