This is the computer classroom in a middle school in Japan. The computers are used to complete assignments from other classes, as well as for instruction in computer class, per se, so that the students are learning to employ computers across the curriculum.
Several students from Nagasaki Gaidai, a sister school of St. Olaf, pose with Brendan Eagan during our last day there.
Foot races at West China Union University
Three boys enjoying their time between classes.
Brendan Eagan enjoys a dinner of sushi at a "rolling sushi" restaurant (the food comes to you on a conveyer belt) with his host family in Nagasaki.
St. Olaf student Phong Do (Class of 2005) enjoys a sweet-and-sour-fish tail in China, Interim 2003.
Following a longstanding tradition, the women from St. Olaf's 2003 Interim class, National Identity in China and Japan pose at Tiananmen in Beijing. Two rows, left to right: Sitting row: Emily Wiedenhoeft, Andrea Ritland, Aiko Guevara, Annie Woudenberg. Standing Row: Professor Heather Klopchin, Angie Lau, Lauren McClain, Silje Reksnes, Sarah Rotschafer, Stephanie Johnson, Annie Haugen.
Students studying in the main library at Qinghua University, Beijing.
School girls take a break from studying.
Members of the St. Olaf 2003 Interim class, National Identity in China and Japan, posing in front of the Huangpu River and the sights of Pudong in Shanghai. Left to Right: Reclining: Max Bunge Kneeling: Andy Bernard, Brendan Eagan First Row Standing: tourguide 'Esther,' Lauren McClain, Andrea Ritland, Emily Wiedenhoeft, Sarah Rotschafer, Stephanie Johnson, Annie Woudenberg (behind--) Robert Crawford, Angie Lau, Professor Robert Entenmann, ECNU liason from Waiban (Professor--? Wu?) Back Row: Aiko Guevara, Siljie Reksnes, Phong Do, Binn Xue, Naoya Nishino, Annie Haugen, Carl Gellert
Demonstrators dance in Tiananmen, in high spirits even two days after the martial law declaration.
One of the school paid trips was to the mountains where exchange students rented a cabin and visited some of the gardens, which when seen from above is in the shape of South Korea.
Each Republic of Korea soldier at the Demilitarized Zone looks like the soldier shown above, standing in the more intimidating and revised version of a Judo stance. Their motto is, "Everyday we face our enemy".
A group of Japanese school boys show off for the camera.
These girls aren't too busy cleaning to cheese it up for the camera.
A number of middle-schoolers have trouble staying awake in class.
A Nagasaki middle school performance of traditional dances.
Group picture of St. Olaf Students on Interim 2003 to China and Japan, posing on the Great Wall. Three Rows, Left to Right: Front, Sitting: Andrea Ritland, Bin Xue, Brian Swenson, Annie Haugen, Kou Vang First Standing Row (from blue jacket): Stephanie Johnson, Naoya Nishino, Phong Do. Back Row: Lauren McClain, Aiko Guevara, Emily Wiedenhoeft, Andy Bernard, Sam Lee, Angie Lau, Professor Heather Klopchin, Max Bunge, Brendan Eagan.
This is the great get together between the two colleges: Korea University and Yonsei University. This is a friendly rivalry involving cheering and sports. Seoul, South Korea.
This is the Yonkojun celebration. In this picture we see students from Yonsei University cheering for their team. Seoul, South Korea.
â€œIn China, university students are an important political force. In a country where there is widespread illiteracy combined with a lack of a democratic tradition, young students filled with some learning and much zeal are political enthusiasts.â€  Collective demonstrations of resolve extended to non-political activities as well. Here West China Union students march in a parade that was part of campus festivities.
Weathered granodiorite, Shirasakatage. -- In mountainous terrain weathered rock material, a major component of soil, is rapidly carried away downslope. The result is soil that is thin, poor and rocky. The eroded material may be deposited along a river farther downstream producing a floodplain, or it may be carried all the way to the sea. Because most Japanese rivers and streams are short and fast moving, much of the material goes to the sea. Agriculture is difficult in the mountainous parts of Japan because of steep slopes and poor soils, and much of this land remains covered by forest.
A student feeds deer at Nara.
Deer at Nara eating.
Andy Bernard and Brendan Eagan take some time out from their hike to pose with a dormant volcano in the background.