Japan Study Abroad Story: Garrett McCarthy

Honors student, Garrett McCarthy, utilized the Honors Funded Travel Scholarship to study abroad in Japan. Below is a reflection of Garrett’s experience as well as some of his favorite photos from the trip. Thank you for sharing!

“I just returned from my study abroad to Japan. While I was in Japan I was able to experience what being in another country entails. I got to learn about different transportation systems, infrastructure, architecture, and monetary system. I learned much about being in a high-context culture which is a stark contrast to the low-context culture in the United States. I made many friends with Japanese students at Aichi Shukutoku University. I learned how to make different cuisine and subtle differences between transportation in both the US and Japan and what convenience means to a society.

Being in Japan has allowed me to experience places and people touched by Hayao Miyazaki and how Japanese animation permeates the culture in its’ homeland. I was gifted with the opportunity to try various types of sushi and I enjoyed much of them. Visiting a country with a culture that is very much not western and where I barely know a few words was an interesting experience, to say the least. I came to agree with my public speaking professor that eighty percent of communication in nonverbal.”