Carissa Ann Kemnitz, Summer 2016 Participant
I learned more about myself and I found peace and tranquility while immersing myself in a new culture. I discovered what my tastebuds enjoyed or turned away from by trying everything presented to me. I learned to constantly take photos but to also seize the moment without the camera. I found Independence and strength I did not know existed.
Der Lee, Summer 2014 Participant
My favorite part of this program were the artist residencies I was able to participate in, such as Awagami Paper Factory and the Mokuhanga Printmaking Artist Residency as well as the special cultural experiences such as the Kabuki Theatre performance, wonderful food, and the temples!
Olivia Noel Hernandez, Summer 2016 Participant
I found the student exchange component very rewarding. It was one thing to experience the country as a western cloister, it was another to have to communicate cross-culturally with Japanese students, and try to work beyond the language barrier and into the universal language of art and sensation.