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Memories from Japan at Carleton

Before coming to the US, Lita graduated high school from Japan. From time to time, she misses Japan but she keeps her appreciation for Japanese culture alive at Carleton!

Before coming to the US, Lita graduated high school from Japan. From time to time, she misses Japan but she keeps her appreciation for Japanese culture alive at Carleton!


Moving from Cambodia, my home country, to Japan was a big change. But moving from Japan to the United States was even bigger. I miss the cultures of both Cambodia and Japan, and from time to time, this longing turns into a period of reminiscing and indulging.

Taking a Japanese Art History Course

This term I am taking a Japanese art history course, and I’ve been enjoying it a lot so far! I’ve learned about the development of Japanese arts throughout history as well as influences from its neighbors Korea and China. When I was in Japan, I did not know the history or art in depth but I was lucky to have the opportunity to visit many temples, shrines, and iconic sites. I also saw many beautiful structures but I wasn’t able to make a deep connection with these experiences. Perhaps I was not ready then.

Now, having visited all these places and having a better understanding of Japan’s history and art, I wanted to go in depth. And that’s exactly what I did in the Japanese art history course!

Rice balls

rice balls and miso soup

Making Japanese Dishes

Since we’re all in quarantine, why not take some time to learn something new? Or hone rusty skills? Well, I am taking this opportunity to make some Japanese dishes since I haven’t done in a while!

Take a look at the Onigiri (rice balls) and Cabbage Mushroom Miso Soup!

bike and forest

lake

Different Activities that Remind Me of Japan

It’s spring time! That means sunny evenings are for bike rides at the Arb! I’ve actually discovered some new biking paths at the Arb, and it is gorgeous! Full of luscious green trees and cute animals such as beavers and owls roaming around. When I was in Japan, I lived in a very secluded place, my high school was located on top of a mountain, and there were many biking paths into the woods, similar to the ones in the Arb! So I’m very happy that I could take time to bike around the Arb, and think back to my time in Karuizawa, Japan.

I also am taking the time to make crane origami. For me, origami is a way to practice meditation and mindfulness! So, I wrote my friend a letter, and folded it into an origami crane. I hope she will like it!

origami paper and pen

letter crane origamiThere’s so much you can do, even when you’re locked in during quarantine. Remember that you can make the best of the  time you have! For me, it’s a perfect time to rest, reflect, recuperate and gain interesting skills and knowledge.

Well, that’s it for now! Take care!


Lita hails all the way from Phnom Penh, Cambodia. When not riding horses, petting them, or sketching a picture of them, she blogs her philosophical brain dumps on Medium. Other than that, Lita is passionate about social impact startups and edu-tech. She plans on majoring in Computer Science, but who knows, she could simply switch to Studio Art and spend her days drawing horses. Hey, that’s why we’re at Carleton, am I right? Meet the other bloggers!