Chazen Japan: Meet Our Fearless Leaders

It’s T-one week until Chazen Japan 2016 will begin in Kyoto, and after our kick-off session this week, when we reviewed our itinerary over sushi and Sapporo, the excitement is mounting. During the trip we’ll make our way from Kyoto to Tokyo, visiting companies including Screen, Toyota, Cyberdyne, ANA, and Rakuten. We’ll also visit the Taizo-in zen temple, participate in a traditional Tea Ceremony, and meet with a politician, Minorikawa.

Before we depart, I thought it would be a great time to learn more about the team of students organizing the trip, who’ve been working for months to put together our itinerary. I asked the four trip organizers to share a bit about what they’re most looking forward to about the trip.

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Hometown: Beijing, China

Favorite destination on the Chazen Japan itinerary: Kyoto

Favorite destination not on the Chazen Japan itinerary (anywhere else in the world): Heiligenblut

Favorite Japanese food/drink: Sashimi

What you’re most excited for about the trip: Food!!

 

Name/year: Rebecca Xu (2017)

Hometown: Hangzhou, China

Favorite destination on the Chazen Japan itinerary: Kyoto

Favorite destination not on the Chazen Japan itinerary (anywhere else in the world):  Turkey

Favorite Japanese food/drink: Japanese soft ice cream and matcha

What you’re most excited for about the trip: Giving everyone a “wow” experience in Japan and Asia!

 

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Name/year: Joji Takamoto (2017)

Hometown: Kyoto, Japan

Favorite destination on the Chazen Japan itinerary: Taizo-in

Favorite destination not on the Chazen Japan itinerary (anywhere else in the world):  Belgium – I traveled there often for business

Favorite Japanese food/drink: Kiaseki and sho-chu

What you’re most excited for about the trip: Introducing my home country to everyone!

 

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Name/year: Ryan You (2017)

Hometown: Wuhan, China

Favorite destination on the Chazen Japan itinerary: Tokyo

Favorite destination not on the Chazen Japan itinerary (anywhere else in the world): Africa

Favorite Japanese food/drink: Sushi, Sake/Sake Cocktail

What you’re most excited for about the trip: opportunity to bring crazy fun to the people I like and enjoy to hang out with

-Zoe Fox ’17

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