Mount Union Class to Travel to Japan

May 11, 2012

A group of University of Mount Union students will travel to Japan for two weeks in May as part of a travel seminar offered at the University. While abroad, students will learn more about Japanese culture and language as well as earn three course credits.

Dr. Hamako Furuhata-Turner, professor of foreign languages and cultures, is the faculty member leading the trip, and Cheryl Paine, documents librarian, is also accompanying her and the eight students on the trip.

Throughout their two-week stay, the group will visit various cities in Japan including Tokyo, Kyoto, Nara and Osaka. The group will make stops at Japanese universities and elementary schools, one in which a Mount Union graduate is the principal. They also see tourist attractions such as the Imperial Place, Tokyo Tower, Mt. Fuji, Kiyomizu Temple, Heian Shrine, Osaka-Osaka Castle and Kiyomizue-Temple. In addition, the group will meet up with three Mount Union students who are studying abroad at Kyoto University.

In addition to learning more about Japanese language and culture, students will learn about what goes into traveling abroad – including securing a passport, immigration regulations, airport policies, medication and health insurance.

Follow along as the students blog throughout their journey and experience at

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