I was extremely fortunate to travel to Japan in August of 2010. The trip was part of a seminar offered by Mike Christenson examining impressions before, during, and after travel. The entire final submission can be viewed by clicking below; you’ll find a .pdf containing maps, sketches, photos, and journals accumulated while overseas and assembled upon return.
Although the final pages seem a bit awkward, I believe the final submission represents some of my best graphics work.
As far as the trip goes, I found Japan to be an extraordinary place. The architecture is often brilliant, but it is the culture that I find most fascinating. Travelers have often commented on the blending of Eastern and Western traditions in Japan and how, even still, elements uniquely Japanese manage to express themselves. I fondly remember experiencing this cultural blend while wandering around Japanese cities, a lanky American in real need of Japanese lessons. I continue to study the Japanese language and enjoy their cultural exports in hopes of one day returning.
For ARCH 789
Date August 2010
Type seminar, study abroad, Japan, Tokyo, Kyoto, Mt. Fugi