Haru in Copenhagen

Harufumi poses on a set of stairs in front of a tree with bright yellow leaves

Hej! I’m Haru (Harufumi Nakazawa), studying abroad in Copenhagen, Denmark for the semester. At Amherst I am a junior majoring in economics and sociology. I am also an international student from Tokyo, Japan enjoying my study-abroad ^2 experience right now! In Copenhagen, I am concentrating on my primary interest in migration studies, taking courses on international refugee law, the Scandinavian

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Food in Japan: A Photo Essay

Some (but not all) of my favorite eats 🙂 Traditional Japanese breakfasts can be eaten at hotels and ryokans (traditional Japanese inns). There’s often natto (fermented soybeans), some kind of fish, rice, soup, and vegetables. Okonomiyaki & Yakisoba The leftmost and rightmost pictures are okonomiyaki and the center is yakisoba. Hiroshima and Osaka were the two most popular spots I ate

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The Ecuadorian Coast Detailed

“Save the trees, save the bees, save the whales, save those snails” – George Carlin (American actor). Vasula melones is a small species of marine whelk (carnivorous snail) that resides along the coasts of México, Costa Rica, Panama, Ecuador, and the Galápagos Islands.1 It can be found in and around the intertidal zone of these regions, where the waves crash

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Query about Quito’s Carbon Emissions

Image shows the green-ness of Quito with the city off in the distance.

“Anybody who’s been to Ecuador wants to go back because it’s beautiful out there” – Michael Steger (American actor).  Unlike Amherst which ended its winter break in early February, my program in Ecuador began in early January, meaning I had just two weeks in between the end of my studies in Spain and when I would have to depart for

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Summarizing Sustainability in Spain

It’s hard to recap everything I learned about Spain and its sustainability practices in a single blog post. Condensing an entire semester’s worth of knowledge and research is immensely difficult, and I never know what information is most pertinent to the topic at hand. Given this small disclosure, please note that what I talk about is only a small fraction

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Reflections on a Semester Away: A Look into the Varied Experiences of Visiting Students

Beginning My Reflections  Boy, what a semester it has been. As is always the case with me, time felt so slow– too slow– in the beginning, but looking back at it from the end, it went by extremely quickly. My semester in Japan has been full of surprises (both good and occasionally not-so-good) and so with this post, I will

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