Marissa Ann Gilbert's Photographs from Japan (photographs)
Gilbert, Marissa Ann
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These photographs were taken by Marissa Ann Gilbert during her year abroad, 2013-2014, in Mitaka-shi, Japan.These photographs were part of the Study Abroad Photo Exhibit on October 14, 2014.Marissa Ann Gilbert is a member of the class of 2015 of Washington and Lee University.Student statement about their experience: "I think the most important thing I gained from studying abroad was a heightened personal strength and sensitivity, and a broadened outlook on cultural differences. I was able to study on a bilingual campus, with students from a variety of backgrounds, many having experience abroad in various countries. While I learned a lot about Japanese culture and traditions from friends I made at ICU, the atmosphere there was also very conscious of difference in customs between cultures and the importance of competent cultural communication. Beyond the social atmosphere on campus and in the dorms, I frequently went into Tokyo, which Mitaka was a suburb of. I was also fortunate enough to be able to spend time in Osaka, Hiroshima and Kyoto, and to experience the different atmospheres and heritages in each of the cities, as well as meet other Japanese and international travelers while staying in hostels. For anyone interested in studying abroad, I think the most important thing to do is to go into it with an open mind and heart and try to experience everything life offers you, rather than look for the opportunities that you expect."