Tattooing is the most misunderstood art form in Japan today. Looked down upon for centuries and rarely discussed in social circles, people with tattoos are outcasts in this country, banned from most public spaces such as beaches, bathhouses, and even gyms. Tattoos have an extensive history in Japan, and to truly understand the stigma behind them it is essential to be aware of their significance. The first records of tattoos...Read More
In a situation very reminiscent of our Berlin 2011-2012 term, our time in Boston has provided us with easy access via rail to other nearby cosmopolitan cities. Due to this, our students were able to visit both Washington, D.C. and New York City this term and experience each city’s unique attractions, delicacies and neighborhoods.
Our trip to NYC occurred mid-May, which allowed our students to visit the city in the midst of spring. As is the case with all weXplore trips, our students had the opportunity to visit a set list of destinations together as well as meet and hear guest speakers elaborate on a variety of subjects relevant to the term’s curriculum. Unlike previous weXplore trips, however, our time in NYC provided the students with the opportunity to branch out and experience the city on their own. This freedom to explore was well received and gave each student a chance to use the five borough’s alluring views as photographic backdrops.
We’ve compiled some of their favorite photos into the following slideshow, and are pleased to also share with you a video created by 11th (soon to be 12th!) grade student Bailey D. If you like what you see, let them know in the comments below!