Study Abroad Reflections: Nagoya

Chris Ivimey

I studied at Nanzan University, located in Nagoya, Japan. The Center for Japanese Studies there was a wonderful experience that greatly enriched my education as an East Asian Studies major. In order to prepare myself for a career in International Relations and living abroad, I participated in a wide variety of things ranging from a mixed chorus club to visiting various temples. Having been based in Nagoya, I was also able to catch a glimpse of the economic identity of the region, visiting the various auto plants and regional “quirks” that gave Nagoya its own character. The favorite experience I ever had, however, came from working at my host mother’s English conversation school. I attended a local community festival with my host mother and one of her students, the three of us switching between English and Japanese fluidly in order to explain difficult grammar and vocabulary to the student.

-Chris Ivimey