Introduction

This year I took an educationalfield trip to Japan. I was able to see many fascinating buildings and structures. While in Japan I had to learn and practice some Japanese which was interesting and surprisingly not very hard. I got to see the inner city of Tokyo including the now famous district of Shibuya square which is similar to time square in New York. And of the many places that I saw, I believe the most educational was the shrines of Nikko Tosho-gu. Sadly when I visited the temple in Nikko, it was under renovations because the original structure was falling apart, but luckily we were still allowed inside since they kept the temple open while they renovated the outside of the building. The reason I thought this was so educational was because I was able to learn about Buddhism and about the history of the shrines.