Japan Summer 08

It’s true.  The ease of just walking down our death trap of a hill to the local Lawson’s, which sells us melon bread, pocky, sushi, oragami paper, and Hagen Daz, is spectacular, and I shall miss its presense.  Yeah, I’ll probably miss you guys too, and the food, and the atmosphere and the subway (I live in the middle of no where, we don’t really do public transportation) and the clubbing and Pastel and a billion other things. I’ll probably miss it all A LOT.  Especially you guys.  But Lawson’s? Man, that will be tough.

I don’t really do well with goodbyes, so I just wanted to say that I had a FABULOUS time.  This has been a wonderful learning experience for me (in more ways than one) and I’m saddened that it’s coming to an end.  i’m still planning on having a blast on the plane ride tomorrow though. :) So, until then, g’night!

Tonight was our last dinner in Japan, which is slightly depressing. Sarah, Greg, Ben (my last name is Sanders, by the way) and myself took a trek to a little restarant which specialized (I think… I don’t speak Japanese) in eel.   Sarah, the AWESOME japanese speaker asked what didn’t have meat in it for me, and the chef pointed out a few very fishy sushi dishes. After discovering that he spoke english (very well, I might add) she told him no beef, pork, chicken, or fish.  That seemed to shock him, and he exclaimed “No fish?!” Yes. No fish.  It just so happens that they have a sushi dish completely meat free, with some nice tofu and cucumbers. PERFECT.  As pointed out by the others, it was nice to have a dinner that didn’t consist solely of rice (not that I’m complaining… I actually love rice!) I had a lot of fun just sitting and talking, and all the people who worked there were SO nice to us.  I think that it was the perfect end to this trip!

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.

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