A Korean Family History

10 Jun 2012 Study Notes

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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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!

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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?

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Eclipse – 日食

24 May 2012 Japan 仁和寺

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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Sightseeing in Seoul

30 Apr 2012 Korea Gwanghwamun 광화문

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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Excursion to Seoul

28 Apr 2012 Korea 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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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 […]

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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 […]

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