Kobe is Calling Fall Voyagers

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Zach Marburger
Dec 4, 2017


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Kobe is Calling Fall Voyagers

Well, that was fast. Just two days after leaving Shanghai, the MV World Odyssey arrived in Japan at 0730 on December 2 to begin Fall 2017 Voyagers’ five-day stay in Japan.

Kobe, located on the north shore of Osaka Bay, is framed by beautiful mountains and offers a combination of cultural highlights and outdoor adventures for Fall 2017 Voyagers to experience while in port. Voyagers can visit the center of Buddhism by exploring Mount Koya in a faculty-led program, learn about the LGBTQ community in Japan, eat their way through nearby Osaka, and much more. Of course, many voyagers will be taking advantage of the last multiple-day port of the Fall 2017 Voyage (something students are not prepared to discuss yet) to participate in overnight programs that will take them through the wonders of Kyoto and Tokyo, the somber history of Hiroshima, or the fun of DisneySea.

Voyagers will arrive back on the MV World Odyssey on December 6 to prepare for the sail to Hawaii, and the beginning of the end of the Semester.

Let’s hear it from Voyagers!

Lamar Butler, senior forensic chemistry major at Alabama State University

“I’m doing the Monkeys and Zen Temples field program. So we’re going to take a trip to temples that actually have wild monkeys. I’m really excited because I think that monkeys are pretty cool, really smart, and kind of chaotic. So they always give you a good laugh. I heard in Osaka that there’s a 24 hour arcade. So I think that I’m going to take a trip there and spend a whole 24 hours in an arcade.”

“Knowing the history between the United States and Japan, I for one want to see how the cultures interact. Is there resentment in a way or are there some negative feelings there? Or is it more like Vietnam where they don’t blame the American people, they blame the American government so American citizens are welcome? Or is it a mixture of the two? So what is going to be that cultural interaction between myself and other students in Japan. And I’m also interested to see how the Japanese react to me as a black American. Because that experience in itself is totally different than the average white American experience as well.”

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