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December Holidays around the World

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Few months present as many multicultural celebrations as December. From Christmas to Omisoka, the last month of the year is a “world of holidays.” Let’s take a look at some of December’s holidays around the world. Christmas One of the most widely known December holidays,…

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Teach Through Educational Travel: Mt. Fuji

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The most iconic symbol of Japan is an ancient one – Mt Fuji. This mountain is located at the center of the southern coast, and is Japan’s highest mountain (at 12,388 ft). There is a torii gate at the summit, and over hundreds of thousands…

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Teach Through Educational Travel: Hasedera Kamakura Statues

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These are small jizo statues at the Hasedera temple in Kamakura, Japan. This famous Buddhist temple houses larger statues, too – including an enormous wooden statue of Kannon (the Buddhist Goddess of Mercy). It’s one of the largest wooden statues in Japan (at 30 feet),…

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Japan’s Remarkable Recovery

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7/21/2011 WorldStrides recently joined the Japan Tourism Agency on a fact-finding visit to Japan. The Capstone programs division of WorldStrides has operated programs for universities to Japan for nearly three decades and was the only educational travel organization participating in this important mission. TravelMBA’s founder Rick…

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Japan Earthquake and Tsunami

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After a 9.0 magnitude earthquake shook Japan in March 2011, WorldStrides successfully evacuated two university groups from the earthquake and tsunami zone, per their specific needs and travel schedule. This response included the evacuation of a group of students who had arrived in Japan just…

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