Photo Essay: CET Japan

Photos by Suji Kim, (Emory University) Student Correspondent CET Japan, Summer 2017

Japan is well known for its green tea, but there are many types of green tea that not many know about. Uji, Kyoto is known for its green tea and matcha, and pictured is sencha. CET students learned the proper way to make tea and had the chance to try different teas.


Pictured is the city of Kyoto from the Kyoto Handicrafts Center, where CET students had the chance to make a craft of their own choice. Kyoto is prefecture next to Osaka and has many locations that are popular with tourists and is the place where one of the biggest festivals are held.


Many of the CET students are housed in Aikawa, and this is the view on the way to the grocery store one day. Daily life and housing in Japan are very different from that in America, and it this means walking everywhere! It takes some getting used to, but late night runs to the convenient store has taken on a new meaning during my time here.


Umeda is the downtown of Osaka and is a very popular place for hanging out with friends as it many restaurants and shops are located here. Only 20 minutes away from CET housing, housemates and classmates love to go out for dinner at Umeda during weekdays and shopping on the weekends.


View from the Osaka Wheel at Expocity, Japan’s largest complex. With its wide selection of shops and restaurants, it is a popular place for both Japanese and tourists. The statue of Amaterasu, the sun goddess is also located here.


Pictured are some CET students at the Takoyaki Event! Takoyaki is a popular dish in Osaka. It is a ball-shaped Japanese snack made of a wheat flour-based batter, filled with minced or diced octopus. CET student had a lot of fun making it for the first time!


A side view of the Byodo-in, a Buddhist temple located in Uji, Kyoto. It was built in the late Heian period and is believed to be the place where dead are carried from the land of the living to the dead.


This is the main building in Byodo-in. In December 1994, UNESCO listed the building as a World Heritage Site, and the Phoenix Hall, the great statue of Amida inside it, and several other items at Byodo-in are national treasures. To commemorate its cultural significance and longevity, its image is displayed on the 10 yen coin, and the 10,000 yen note features the phoenix figure.