July 2, 2012

Behind the Bamboo Firewall

It was September 2 1945 when the first radio transmission in Vietnamese was broadcasted. The very first modern mass media that the people in Vietnam would listen to aired Ho Chi Minh’s voice declaring the independence of Vietnam. One week later the Voice of Vietnam as the first official Vietnamese radio station was established and […]

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June 25, 2012

Lake Biwa – 琵琶湖

Last weekend I went to Lake Biwa with friends from my university. It is the largest fresh water lake in Japan and is very close to Kyoto.

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June 19, 2012

Field Trip with Japanese High School Students

Our university offered for international students to participate in a field trip with students from Shibuya (渋谷). The Junior High School students came to Kyoto for a weekend excursion and on Sunday international students joined their tour in order to improve their English communication skills.

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June 10, 2012

A Korean Family History

A family story that leads us back more than 1000 years in history, through several kingdoms and major turns in history.

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May 27, 2012

Study Project: Class Blog

I’m taking a course called “Asia Pacific Relations” in which we run a class blog. Every student has to publish 5 posts during the semester and give feedback to other posts. This interactive learning tool is quite new to me. And today I published my first post.

You can find the blog here:

Update: Our professor closed the blog and it is not longer accessible now. If you have any questions regarding this project, feel free to contact me!

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May 27, 2012

A Stable Society Through Virtue

In the ancient times of Asia the ethic thought has been dominated by what the West calls “Confucianism”. Still today this set of values is deep rooted in many Asian societies. People who were not socialized within such a community might find it difficult to understand it.

Confucius (孔子) lived between 551 and 479 BC and less than a century later in another part of the world a different philosopher came to similar conclusions. Plato (Πλάτων) was a philosopher in ancient Greece and lived between 424 and 348 BC. As Confucius is important for the Asian world of thought, Plato can be compared as of similar significance for Western philosophy.

So what is it that these two have in common?

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May 24, 2012

Eclipse – 日食

On Monday, May 20th, I could witness a partial eclipse in Japan. The spectacle of nature started in the early morning at approximately 6:30 and had its tipping point around 7:32.

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April 30, 2012

Sightseeing in Seoul

The capital provides a lot of interesting places, so it is almost impossible to see everything within one weekend. As I didn’t have much knowledge of Korean history, I selected the spots in order to learn more about this country.

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April 28, 2012

Excursion to Seoul

As the circumstances demanded from me, I had to leave Japan for a short period. I used this opportunity and went to South Korea. I took a flight from Osaka to Seoul on April 26th.

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