Yumiko Asai-Lim, with the assistance of the Office of International Programs, received a $90,000+ from the Japan Foundation Center for Global Partnership to take 34 students from her JPNS 202 to Japan during Spring Break. The travel tour included lectures from professors at Gifu University and Nanzan University, interaction with students from those campuses, and visits to temples, shrines, and museums in Nagoya and Kyoto. Yumi, along with Mamiko Kosuge and Kei Stocklin, served as chaperons.
For the students, the day-bus tour of Kyoto seems to be at the top of their unforgettable experiences-of-wonder list; for the faculty, the overwhelming response and assistance from the faculty and students from Gifu University. 14 students were expected from Gifu University--25, almost twice as many expected, came to create an adventure of bonding culture sharing and lively language practice. And although a week too early for the cherry blossom season, one cherry blossom tree at the Nagoya Castle broke rank and shot its blossoms open for their visit.