Photos by Armando Montoya, (Lewis and Clark College) Student Correspondent CET Japan, Academic Year 2018-2019 Towards the beginning of the semester, I went to Arashiyama with some of my friends and housemates living in Vivian. We were caught in the middle of a snow storm, but ended up having so much and enjoying the views of snowy Kyoto. Once we arrived to Arashiyama station, we noticed that %, a very popular coffee shop in the area, had a relatively small line compared to its usual 45+ minute wait so we decided to give it a try. The coffee was pretty good and the baristas were super cool and friendly. Drinking the coffee felt great with the company of awesome friends, and the view of snow peaked mountains. Arashiyama always impresses me with its beauty. I have been here several times and I always find myself in awe by its ever-changing nature. The snow-covered streets and mountains are especially beautiful. Here’s another photo of Arashiyama lol (Can you tell I’m obsessed?) If you’re ever in the Kansai area, PLEASE take a trip here!! CET often takes smalls trip to fun and historical places around the Kansai area! A few weeks ago, we had our first trip to Uji. Uji is known for its matcha and Byodoin Temple (The building on the 10-yen coin). This is a photo of such temple. From this angle you can see some of the original tiles that date back thousands of years. I think it is very cool and fun to be able to visit such historical places while spending time with friends and staff. Last week, the 300-level class to a trip to Hyogo ken to see Himeji Castle. This castle is said to be the most beautiful castle in all of Japan. I think this saying is obviously true. From the moment we arrived at the train station, we were all amazed by its beauty. Furthermore, I think it’s is super cool that just a few weeks before our trip, we read about this castle in our textbook! Here’s another picture from our trip to Himeji Castle. You can see all my classmates and one of our teachers. One of my favorite parts about being in Japan is the drinking culture! We often find ourselves going to izakayas (Japanese style pubs) and doing a nomihodai (all you can drink) for only 20-ish dollars. Another great thing about izakayas is that they’re constantly bringing out snacks that pair super well with your drinks! This is a photo of a friend having warm sake! Here’s another photo from the previously mentioned trip to Uji. This is (mostly) everyone participating in the Spring 2019 program! Another photo from Uji (lol) Here you can see us enjoying super delicious matcha ice cream! Honestly some of the best ice cream I have ever had. (I am the person in the back with the big smile and the fluffy hair 🙂 hi!) A picture from today! Two of my housemates and I decided to come to a super cute cafe! The doughnuts are AMAZING! I took this photo right before realizing that I had missed the deadline for this photo essay. I hope you guys enjoyed reading my blabbing and looking at my pics!