If there is one piece of advice I would like to share, it would be get to know your professors. I guess I can extend that to, "get to know people." During my fall semester at Nanzan University, I took a Japanese Culture and Art class, in which the professor owned his own pottery studio. In the beginning part of the semester, he offered an invitation to any student who would like to come and see. I'm not sure if he was just offering out of politeness, but regardless, I asked if I could come. His studio was in Japan's historical pottery district called Seto City. The atmosphere was so different from the rush of Nagoya Station. As I spun pottery up in the mountains somewhere for hours, I was able to feel a different, more traditional, side of Japan.
I spun pottery for the first time, and my professor offered to fire them and send it to the States to me. Fortunately, I was able to return this summer, and I received what I had created 8 months ago.
Reunited with my Nanzan Professors - Summer 2013
|Japanese Language Professors Summer 2013|
|Japanese Culture and Art Professor Summer 2013|