Our 2015 winter session International Trip had the Scholars jetting off to Japan! The trip ran from January 10th to the 20th, with 30 students and PwC professionals visiting Tokyo, Hiroshima, and Kyoto. Besides seeing a sumo tournament, exploring busy shopping districts, and visiting beautiful Shinto Shrines and Buddhist Temples, the Scholars had the chance to visit the PwC office in Tokyo to learn about how the firm operates abroad. Beyond the busy streets of the city, the Scholars had a great time japanlearning first-hand about Japanese culture and traditions at the Itsukushima Shrine on Miyajima Island along with meeting some four-legged friends (deer) that roam the island freely. The Hiroshima Peace Museum and Kyoto’s Arishiyama Monkey Park were other highlights of the trip. Overall, the scholars had an amazing time exploring Japan and learning more about Japanese culture.

“Going to Japan with the PwC Scholars in January of 2015 was a once in a lifetime experience. We literally on the other side of the world for ten days and it was an amazing and eye opening experience. While travelling to Tokyo, Hiroshima and Kyoto I was immersed into a completely different culture.  We saw so many traditional shrines and temples but still got a flare for modern Japan while walking around the cities and interacting with the people there. The Japanese culture is so different from the American culture we were all used to so it was so interesting spending the ten days there. And not to mention, travelling the world with your best friends can’t hurt. The opportunity to travel to Japan was a phenomenal experience the Scholars program gave to me which I am so grateful for.” – Molly Law, senior

“We started out in Tokyo and had dinner there that evening with the recruiters and professors. Then we moved onto Hiroshima and then Kyoto. It was a really great experience. I think I can speak for everyone when I say that I had a lot of fun and learned so much about the Japanese culture. We visited several Shinto Shrines and Buddhist Temples throughout the entire trip. We also visited the PwC office in Tokyo which was very eye opening. The business culture in Tokyo is completely different from the one here in the United States. Their cuisine is completely different as well and it surprised me. Initially I thought that Japanese people ate a lot of sushi but in actuality, they tend to eat raw fish (sashimi) and a lot of rice and noodles. It was kind of difficult to find a sushi restaurant. We visited Mount Fuji-San and the Great Boiling Valley (sulfur). At the valley a few of us ate eggs boiled in sulfur which is supposed to be so healthy for you that it adds seven years to your life. We went to the Monkey park in Kyoto and fed monkeys. We visited the Golden pavillion which was beautiful.” -Anna Chen, senior