A Passion For Travel & Study Abroad

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Talk about someone with a passion for travel! Xiaochen Su has visited almost 100 countries and counting. He had never intentionally set out to visit every country in the world, but his love for discovery has fueled his desire to make that happen. His childhood history all but pointed to him being a lifelong traveler, something …

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Visiting Fushimi Inari Shrine Kyoto Japan

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Updated: Sep 10, 2019 @

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The entrance of Fushimi Inari temple, guarded by the foxes.

A visit to Kyoto, Japan would be incomplete without visiting the very colourful and absolutely picturesque Fushimi Inari Taisha Shrine, located in the South East area of Kyoto.

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Over the years, the Fushimi shrine has become a must visit destination not just for the Japanese (the shrine is featured in some popular comics), but also for tourists thanks to movies like “Memoirs of a Geisha” and “Samsara”. I just wanted to see some of the 10,000 torii gates in the complex.


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Podcast with Expats 4 – Allison in Japan

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Allison and her husband DJ

Podcast with Expats 4 – This episode is with Allison Jones. She is a budding entrepreneur who is currently finishing her Master’s  program in Marriage Counseling while still living overseas. Allison is currently in Japan with her basketball playing husband in the suburbs of Tokyo. They have been there for almost 6 months after spending the previous year in Italy, close to Milan where he played in the Italian league. Allison herself was featured in an infamous episode  on MTV’s “My Super Sweet 16th” birthday series. Years later, thanks to re-runs, she is still being recognized from the show and her determination to empower young women arose from a letter she received from a teenage girl.

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Surprising First Impressions Of Tokyo Japan

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 Sensoji Temple in Asakusa prefecture, Tokyo, Japan
A little greenery at the Sensoji Temple in Asakusa prefecture, Tokyo, Japan gives a great impression of Japan.

Tokyo was certainly not on the proverbial bucket list.  It has only been recently that it came on the radar. I think it was mostly due to the travel event that we attended recently. Seeing the presentations from the different countries in Asia spurred our interest.

The post about our destination wish list for the new year included Japan and Maldives. Thanks to crazy airfare deals, we were able to cross the Maldives off the list and now, Japan as well. Our 12 day trip in Tokyo was absolutely fantastic, and jarring as well. Here are some very surprising impressions of the capital city of Japan.

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