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Caitlin, Japan & China Specialist

Caitlin has spent more than half of her life as a student of Japan. She became interested in Japan in junior high school, when the first friend she made after moving to a new school was a girl from Japan. Through that friendship, she became interested in Japanese pop culture, which ultimately blossomed into a life-long love of Japan. Caitlin graduated from UMass Amherst with a degree in Japanese Language and Literature.  She spent her junior year abroad at Hokkaido University in Sapporo.  Most memorably, Caitlin joined a Yosakoi Soran dance club while at the university, and spent summer vacation traveling around Hokkaido performing in local festivals. 

Caitlin moved back to Japan in 2010 to teach English in elementary schools in the small city of Tenri, located in northern Nara Prefecture. She stayed for 4 years, and traveled extensively around the county, experiencing the warm hospitality of Japan, trying all the local specialty foods, enjoying the distinctive beauty that each season brings.

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I'll never forget when…

My most memorable experience in Japan was a Geisha Tour in Kyoto with expert guide Duncan Flett. Duncan is extremely knowledgeable about the lives of the young women who dedicate their lives to becoming Geisha, and is a delight to chat with. He knew exactly where to bring us, and within a few moments of entering the Geisha District, out of one of the houses popped a young Geisha on her way to work! It was like stepping into a time machine to a time. On a way to another district, Duncan brought us into a small Ukiyoe Wood Block Print studio, where we chatted with the artist himself and learning about the printmaking process. I couldn't resist buying a few prints, and the now decorate my walls and remind me of that magical night!

Photos of Caitlin

Caitlin at the Great Wall of China, Jinshanling, China Caitlin at the Great Wall of China, Jinshanling, China
Caitlin at Joggakura Bridge in Aomori, Japan Caitlin at Joggakura Bridge in Aomori, Japan
Caitlin on the main street in Pingyao, China Caitlin on the main street in Pingyao, China
Caitlin in front of Mount Iwaki in Northern Aomori Prefecture, Japan Caitlin in front of Mount Iwaki in Northern Aomori Prefecture, Japan
Caitlin at Ginkakuji in Kyoto Caitlin at Ginkakuji in Kyoto
Caitlin at the Momiji Bridge in Miyajima Caitlin at the Momiji Bridge in Miyajima
Caitlin in the National Park in Miyajima Caitlin in the National Park in Miyajima
Caitlin at the Warasse Nebuta Museum in Aomori, Japan Caitlin at the Warasse Nebuta Museum in Aomori, Japan
Caitlin at the Yangshuo Cooking School, China Caitlin at the Yangshuo Cooking School, China

Photos taken by Caitlin

Hirosaki style Nebuta Hirosaki style Nebuta
Choushi Ootaki Waterfall at Oirase Gorge Choushi Ootaki Waterfall at Oirase Gorge
Oirase Gorge Oirase Gorge
Pandas eating Breakfast Pandas eating Breakfast
Waterway in Tongli Waterway in Tongli
Boat rides in Tongli canals Boat rides in Tongli canals
Rou Jia Mo, the Chinese Hamburger Rou Jia Mo, the Chinese Hamburger
Traditional House in Shanghai's Oldest Neighborhood Traditional House in Shanghai's Oldest Neighborhood
Shanghai Lilong neighborhood and nearby modern building Shanghai Lilong neighborhood and nearby modern building
Street vendor cooking Jianbing Street vendor cooking Jianbing
Elderly Dancers in a park in Shanghai's Former French Concession Elderly Dancers in a park in Shanghai's Former French Concession
Dancers at a park in Shangai's Former French Concession Dancers at a park in Shangai's Former French Concession