Tellus: (tel’us), n. 1. [Latin] earth, soil, and the land; a country; the world. 2. a collection of Willamette University student’s insights, stories, photos and thoughts from their experiences studying abroad.

Accidentally Hiking Up a Mountain »

During my very long winter break, I expressed a desire to my family to go on a hike, like we used to when we went on vacation.  Once in Japan, I decided to act on this desire (just without my family) and had what was probably the single most enjoyable day on my entire trip […]

YouTube Fan Fest, Japan »

“Million Dollar View” »

Click to enlarge This is a photo I took of what is known as the 百万ドル夜景 (Hyaku-man Doru Yakei) or “Million Dollar nightview” in Hakodate, Japan. I’m not sure what exactly the criteria are for a nightviews, but apparently it is considered one of the most beautiful in the world…or at least in Japan. While […]

Japanese but not Japanese »

I do not quite know what this blog is about, but I’ll write about my experiences in Japan thus-far. My study abroad program in Japan has not started yet, but I am currently in Okinawa, Japan, doing undergraduate research. I came by myself and it is my first time being in Japan. However, before I […]