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EF Tours: Land of the Rising Sun, Japan

Photojournalism of Japan, and our travels across the country.
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On Spring break of 2024, several students and teachers from SMHS sent off on a trip of a lifetime, visiting Japan. Besides the solid 20 hours of traveling (13-hour flight, 5-hour layover, and another 2-hour flight), The trip was one that I doubt I’ll forget, ever. With great morale, I present these twenty images of the trip to Japan. Each Photo has a caption, telling of the location and possible doings.

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  • Photo taken in Taito, Asakusa of the Tokyo Tower.

  • Photo taken in Taito, Nishiasakusa. The neon signs caught my eye.

  • Visiting the Asakusa Kannon Temple, praying and receiving fortunes.

  • Visiting Shibuya Ward, and the famous Shibuya Crossing.

  • Visiting the Meiji Shinto Shrine, peaceful and green.

  • Photo taken in Taito, Ueno. The busy street and neon signs made me want to take a photo.

  • Visiting Disney Sea, Tokyo. Fun rides and good food.

  • Eating at the Ristorante di Canaletto. Wood fired pizza and fancy dining.

  • Visiting the Venetian Canal and riding a gondola.

  • Visiting the Great Buddha of Kamakura, a time of rainfall and peace.

  • Close-up of a Sakura bloom in Kamakura.

  • Exploring Kamakura on its own and walking down a path shaped by Sakura Bloom Trees.

  • Photo taken outside our hotel in Yamanashi, toward the direction of Mt. Fuji.

  • Photo of the Sulfur Vents in Owakudani. I also ate an egg that was good.

  • Photo taken at Mount Komagatake, the view out of the shrine.

  • Mount Komagatake, the view out onto Lake Ashi.

  • Picture taken from the Shogun’s room in Odawara Castle.

  • Picture of the Golden Pavilion, a Zen Buddhist temple.

  • Picture taken in Kyoto of the Railways that span across the Country.

  • Photo taken in the Fushimi Inari-taisha shrine, taken inside the 10,000 torii gates.

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Note: These photos are arranged in the chronological order they were taken. Refer to the itinerary for more details on location. (JPN Trip Itinerary)

For more information about where students are going next, see Mrs. van D in room 121.

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Nathan Ochoa
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Hello, my name is Nathan Ochoa, and I am a senior attending SMHS (surprise). I was born here in Santa Maria on December 11, 2005 and have lived here my entire life. My brother, who some may know, attends UCLA as of now. My plan for the future is to attend AHC and possibly move on to another college. I want to major in either engineering or photography. In my free time, I enjoy sleeping, reading, and gaming. I sleep at a 'less than reasonable' time, but who doesn't now, right? My favorite book would be The Martian, by Andy Weir, where astronaut Mark Watney is accidently left behind on Mars because his crew thought he had died. My favorite games are Ultrakill and Hollow Knight, to name a few, as there are too many to name. I love to travel, and have been to many major cities in the United States. I have been to Chicago, San Francisco, New York, Las Vegas, Seattle, San Diego, and Honolulu in that order. My favorite being Chicago for many reasons. I am going to Japan with Mrs. Van D on spring break of 2024. It will be my first time out of the country, and what makes it scary is the fact that I am going without my parents or family, just my teacher and some friends. I was not entirely sure what I wanted to do this year, as I only have two required classes. I chose to do journalism because I know Mrs. Van D and I always wanted to improve my writing. Writing for this site has always been a want for me, and now I finally can. I hope to improve the Breeze as much as I can, and I cannot wait to see what happens. I am excited to be a contributor this year.
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