Global Insights Opens with Japan

    Minori Koga, BA, MA, Fulbright Scholar and graduate student in Secondary Education (English)
    September 9, 2020

    Learn the strange, direct connection between Japan and Scranton in the upcoming Global Insights program this Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2020 at 11:30 a.m., which will be led by Minori Koga, BA, MA, Fulbright scholar and graduate student studying for her second master’s degree in Secondary Education (English).

    Through hard work, innovation and motivation, Japan has risen as a world leader in life-changing technologies impacting the daily lives of billions around the world. A dynamic culture and landscape wrap the Japanese population of 125 million on their small, Pacific islands nation. While many of us think of Japan in terms the electronic gadgets we use, or the cars we drive, the people of Japan enjoy a rich culture full of exciting city and beautiful country life experiences. Koga shared that her favorite thing to do in Japan is “strolling.” “When I lived in Tokyo, before I came to Scranton, I would walk a lot with friends. I would even take solo walks every weekend. Tokyo is a place where new and old culture coexist. Every street is so different. Nature is hidden within the concrete jungle. You will never get tired of walking in Tokyo.”

    She went on to say that while she immersed herself in American culture over the last two years, seeing reminders of life in Japan, such as the annual blooming Sakura (cherry blossoms) in Scranton, “I almost cry remembering Hanami (flower viewing) season in Japan.” However, what she misses most is “my mom’s cooking.”

    The Japan-Scranton connection will be revealed at Tuesday’s Global Insights presentation!

    This program is being offered by The Office of Global Education, the Cross Cultural Centers, Residence Life and the Office of Equity and Diversity. Registration is required for this event. Please click here to register and receive the Zoom information.

    For more information, please contact Huey Shi Chew at  or 570-941-7575.

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