Hanami

I was walking outside the rain garden by Lewis at night when I looked up and a breeze blew through the cherry trees.

A cool night breeze

Sways dark branches

Petals flutter all around

Photo on 2013-05-16 at 21.01 #2

This class was far from what I expected to be in a very good way. I came into this class expecting to learn more about the day-to-day life of the Japanese people, but came away with a much deeper understanding of why Japan is the way it is. I really appreciated the philosophical approach this class took to the understanding of Japanese culture. Because of this class, I’ve learned to appreciate life’s evanescence and the beauty that comes with not taking everything for granted. I look at things more carefully now and appreciate the beauty that doesn’t last (I appreciate “lyrical” moments much more than I used to).This class has taught me the importance of living in the moment and taking things as they come. I also realized just how Western my view of the world is, if that makes sense. I’ve been looking at things through such an American/Western lens my whole life and this class really helped open my eyes and helped me start thinking about things in a new way. The class was engaging, the work was interesting and thought provoking and so was the material. I feel like I learned a lot and will take this new knowledge with me a long way (even if it sounds cheesy).

-Nina

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