Study Project: Class Blog
27 May 2012 Japan
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!
A Stable Society Through Virtue
27 May 2012 Study Notes
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?Read more
はなみ — Hanami
17 Apr 2012 Japan 円山公園
In Spring the cherry trees in Japan start to blossom. During these days it is a very well-known tradition to go to parks and other spots and watch the cherry trees. The required pieces of equipment for this activity are very simple: some friends colleagues or family; a couple of drinks and snacks; a tarpaulin and […]Read more
Arrival in Kyoto and Orientation at Ritsumeikan University (立命館大学)
13 Apr 2012 Japan 立命館大学
On Thursday 22nd I took the night bus from Tokyo to Kyoto and arrived in the early morning. It was a rainy Friday and finding the right way from Kyoto Station to my student dormitory was quite challenging and took longer than expected. But eventually I had arrived there and the facility manager and his […]Read more