What I also really enjoyed in Japan was meeting the other Japanese students. I always had a difficult time keeping in contact with exchange students I met when I was younger. But I felt a deeper connection with these students. Especially Ryoko. I met her when we went on a trip to Nagoya castle. The ESS students were leading the way, and acting as our tour guides. I learned a lot about Nagoya castle, but I also learned a lot about Japanese students. I eventually reconnected with Ryoko yesterday night. We decided to go to dinner together. I was so worried that I would be late meeting her, but I got there just in time. It was so nice to see her. We hung out for about two hours. Just talking. I think I always have the most fun when it’s me and a few other people and we just sit and talk for a while.
My other highlights on this trip would include karaoke, and going to the club. I had never been to either one before, considering karaoke is ridiculous in America and all the clubs are very far from my home, so I was at first skeptical if I would have any fun. Clubbing was unbelievably fun, dancing for hours. Of course me and Nicci always had to watch out for awkward turtles, but besides the random creepers we had so many fun times.
I have to say that regardless of some of the major suckage I have gone through on this trip, between getting lost, getting ditched in a subway station, and getting sick, I really did enjoy myself. I am surprised to say that I did end up meeting some decent people on this trip, you know who you are, who aren’t afraid to: dance very sexy, talk in ridiculous accents, donate unicorn tears and various other cool things. Those are some pretty cool people if I do say so. I’m really glad I decided to go on this trip, I had a great time. This trip has inspired me to continue my study of the Japanese language, and to plan to further my education in Japan.
The best part about this trip would have to be my two Sensei’s. they made this trip worth while. They taught us about traditional Japan, but they encouraged us to learn what it was like to live in modern Japan. They let us be who we are, and I could never imagine better teachers.