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Share our Excitement & Join our Journey

Welcome to the travel blog of Rotary District 5580's Group Study Exchange (GSE) Team which will embark on an exciting five week goodwill / vocational exchange to Nagoya, Japan in November, 2009.

Here, our hybrid American-Canadian team of enthusiastic and adventurous young professionals, along with our lovely, talented and fearless team leader, will share cultural experiences and engage in unique vocational learning opportunities.

If you have come to this site, you are likely: a Rotarian, family member, friend or colleague of one of the team members, or... are just plain blog-curious. Either way, we encourage you to check our site often to learn about us, follow our progress as a team and of course, keep in touch as we explore Japan.

We thank Rotary in advance for the adventure of a life time and to all readers, we invite you to share our excitement and join our journey.


GSE Team Japan 2009








GSEチーム ジャパン 2009

Monday, November 23, 2009

Kyoto & Nara continued... (by Rosie)

We had a very special meeting with the lead Buddhist priest at the Chishaku-In Temple were we received a nice private tour of the grounds spending quite a bit of time enjoying the beautiful garden that was laid out about 400 years ago and was inspired by the landscape around Mt. Rozan in China. We also were able to view the magnificent wall paintings that were originally painted to decorate the living apartments in the 1590’s.

On Sunday we traveled to Nara, Japan to see the Todai-Ji Temple that was built in the 700’s. This Temple serves both as a place of prayer for peace and affluence on earth, as well as a center of Buddhist doctrinal research. Even though the width of the current building is approximately 33% smaller than that of the original structure, it still ranks as the largest wooden structure in the world. Virocana Buddha is massively large… height of body: 48.91ft (14.98m), length of head: 17.75ft (5.41m), length of eye 3.34ft (1.02m) and length of ear: 8.33ft (2.54m).

We headed back to Kyoto for an evening stroll amongst the Gion (Geisha) District. It was an absolutely beautiful area tucked into the hustle and bustle of Kyoto City. We found a great local restaurant and ate some tasty Japanese Cuisine before we headed back to Nagoya.

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