Ama – ‘people of the sea’ – dive for shellfish and seaweed in Japan and Korea. Mostly women, they have been diving the waters of central Japan for thousands of years, particularly around Toba town in the Ise-Shima area. Suga Shima is a small island in Toba Bay and the site of a 700 year-old festival: Shirongo Matsuri. Also known as Shirongo-san, this festival is dedicated to Shirohige Daimiyoujin – ‘white-beard great god’ – the guardian of Suga Shima. Continue reading
Welcome! It’s your first year in college and we know you want to make sure you do everything right, and hopefully have a little fun while you’re at it. Perhaps you began this journey at the Enrollment Center, and already met with an advisor. Maybe you’ve even mapped out the courses you’ll take next semester. I bet you’ve already navigated the buildings on campus, discovered the best parking spots, and even met up with friends to eat, study, grab a cup of Joe, or just hang out in the Student Union.
Whatever you’ve done so far, it’s just the beginning – and it can be a lot to take in. Understandably, this educational journey can be overwhelming, challenging, and confusing at first, but be encouraged because it will also be rewarding! Continue reading
That one’s easy, as I wear the same thing everyday. The Gaucho outfit!