This blog is the record of the Roy W. Howard National Collegiate Reporting Competition media tour through South Korea and Japan. The nine winners of the award, college journalists from across the country, will be updating this blog from the trip with written reports and photographs as they travel through Seoul, Osaka, Kobe and Tokyo. Stay tuned for up-to-the-minute news and reporting.
Thursday, June 26, 2008
No one is happy to be home. We all wish we were back in Seoul or Tokyo. Back to polite and competent immigration officers (US immigration officer to me: "why do you want to be in the land of the freedom?"), clean streets and airports, vending machines with endless sweet, fruity, carbonated options, and the bowing. We all miss the bowing. I think some of us are still bowing and people look confused.
It's such a cultural difference to be back. We can't walk around late at night without a worry in our heads, we have to watch our bags and lock our rooms, we have to lock our bikes. It's funny how we have to leave the country to feel safe...and I'm not even from this country!
We have to go back to our respective cities tomorrow. It's going to be weird to not be with 8 other people 24/7.
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- The Return of Milky Boy!
- Arrival: Chicago
- End of a (2 Week) Era
- 1950's Geisha Is 2008's Prostitute
- Tokyo Arrival
- Rock Garden at Ryoanji
- Korea Is the Future Is Now
- Did We Mention This Trip Is Free?
- The Beginnings of an Adventure
- The fate of the world depends on CALORIE MATE!! ...
- Quake Hits Japan
- Chicago Arrivals
- South Korean soaps?
- Japan Airlines
- Hudson Is My First Roommate
- Luggage Nirvana
- Trip Prep
- Shaken Leader of South Korea Promises New Beginnin...
- "Standing Up for Workers’ Rights in Japan"
- Media Frenzy Over Suspect In Vehicle
- Entire Cabinet Offers to Resign
- 21,000 Police and Countless More Protesters Take T...