Ashley Bowen studied abroad in Japan at Doshisha Univesity in Kyoto. As a Theater Arts major with an emphasis in Costume design, she plans on taking this six-month opportunity to explore Japan and acquire knowledge and inspiration from this beautiful country. As an amateur blogger and photographer, she hopes to convey her love for food, the strange and mystical, and Japan’s natural beauty through her posts. While immersing herself in the language and non-western customs, she also plans to make use of the Kyoto Costume Institute and Kabuki and Noh theaters. She hopes her blog will inform about the many differences and similarities between American and Japanese culture, as well as simple everyday challenges such as money matters and transportation, in order to inspire and educate others. Read more here!