A Week In the Life of A Fulbright National Geographic Digital Storytelling Fellow


While it is hard to say that anything in my life this year will be “typical” as I spend the next nine months working on my Fulbright National Geographic Digital Storytelling Fellowship, a lot of my friends and family have wondered what I do on a weekly basis. Every week is different, and this one was no exception. It was actually one of my busiest so I thought I would share what I did as I roamed the country to capture digital stories.


Photos by Ari Beser

I took this from the roof of the Hiroshima Prefectural Tourism Federation. After I filmed Jong Keun Lee give testimony to a group of students from Yamaguchi Prefecture, he and I were allowed access to the roof to capture this rare glimpse of Hiroshima’s Peace Park and Atomic Bomb Dome.


Yuji Sasaki, the nephew of Sadako Sasaki, allowed me to interview him for the video portion of my project that will be released later this year. Yuji is donating the original paper cranes of Sadako Sasaki around the world. You can read more about his endeavor and the significance of paper cranes here.



Marie Louise Kambenga Towari is a native of Rwanda but has lived in Fukushima Japan since she escaped the genocide with her family in 1994. She visits displaced communities with volunteers and Rwandan Coffee and Tea. She calls her activity Rwanda Cafe. I will move to Fukushima in January and follow her journey.



On Thursday I was interviewed by NHK World’s Newsroom Tokyo about my project. You can check out the interview here.


I returned home to Hiroshima on the Bullet Train, Usually this is where you can see Mt. —> Read More