Flashback Friday: One Summer in Japan


Kiyomizu-dera is one of the most beautiful temples that I visited in Japan, and a UNESCO heritage site

I have a soft spot for Japan.  Sushi, amazing architecture, kind people, ramen, clean, orderly, easy to travel, and they even had a whole street of places to go salsa dancing! I fell in love with Japan, but I think the main reason that I won’t ever forget it is because it was my first time living overseas.

I lived in Japan for 11 weeks while I did an internship with Camp Adventure Youth Services in Yokosuka, Japan. I was teaching songs, games, arts and crafts to dependents of US Navy personnel.  We went on field trips to museums, aquariums, a zoo, and to the swimming pool.  The weekends were my own for exploring, though!

Sensoji Temple

Sensoji Temple in Tokyo

My friends and I spent a lot of time in Tokyo because it was so close and there was always something fun to see and do.  I also made it as far north as Nikko, and as far south as Kyoto.  There are still so many places I would like to visit; I hope I can make it back there one day!

I took so many photos while I was there, but I only loaded 16 onto my facebook account…and then my computer died and all of my photos were lost! Here are some of my favorite photos from my time in Japan:


Hase-dera temple in Kamakura is the home to hundreds of small Jizō statues, placed by parents mourning offspring lost to miscarriage, stillbirth, or abortion.

Giant Buddah

The Great Buddha at Kōtoku-in in Kamakura


The mall just around the corner from the base that I worked at in Yokosuka


We were told that the three monkeys originated here in Nikko


My friend from university, Ayaka, showed us around Kyoto

Golden Pavilion

Golden Pavilion Temple in Kyoto


5 responses to “Flashback Friday: One Summer in Japan

  1. Nice slice! One thing I miss about Japan is the vending machines. I was slightly addicted to the coffee. Was always amazed that you could buy hot or cold coffee in a can from the same machine.

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