7 & 1/2 Weeks

I anticipated making my first Italian study abroad post sooner, but I've quickly learned that it's difficult to take the time to simply pause when you're constantly thinking "so what's next?" Life abroad is fast. Every weekend I find myself traveling to a new city only to return to Milan happy that I've made this…

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Getting My Voice Back

With this internship in Japan, I came with the focus of working on the marketing side to my double major at Illinois Wesleyan University.However, an unexpected opportunity opened up for me during my time here at the art residency. One of the performance artists, Aurora Lagattuta, asked me to collaborate with her in a contemporary…

My Solo Trip to Kyoto

Recently, I journeyed solo to Kyoto, the most historically and culturally rich city in all of Japan. Around almost every corner you can find a shrine, a temple, great food, a geisha... so for these reasons I found it imperative to visit before I left Japan. To not go would be the equivalent of going…

Onishi Summer Music Festival

This past weekend (July 15th & 16th) I had a once in a lifetime opportunity to not just experience but participate in an authentic Japanese summer festival. Like I promised in my "The Art of Taiko" blog post, I have proof that I, in fact, became an amateur taiko master in 2 weeks time.  ​​…

Zen

To reach the point of feeling nothing and emptiness. To practice zen meditation is to experience letting go of the self. The other day I had the opportunity to participate in the Zen Meditation Workshop Shiro Oni Studio offers. A 10 minute bike ride away, we rode up the mountain to the Kongoji Temple in…

The Art of Taiko

A key highlight to group 3's residency at Shiro Oni Studio is the Onishi Summer Music Festival. During this festival thousands of people from all over come to visit and see the seriously intense taiko drumming that goes on. What is normally small quiet town is flooded with people. From the start of July each…

My time at an Onsen

Japanese business culture is devoted to hard work and long hours. As a result, relaxation time is something to be considered essential. This is where the onsen comes into play. Onsens are natural hot mineral baths heated by volcanic activity in Japan. They are thought to be very therapeutic with natural restorative properties. So at…

Tokyo In 5 Days

Because of last week's long days and hard work, we were rewarded with some time off in between the arrival of the next artist group. What better place to spend it than Tokyo? A living, breathing city that is so wonderful, clean, and fascinating. But the first thing that you should know about Tokyo is that…