Friday, September 08, 2006

First Comment in Japan

Almost a month has passed since we reached Japan. I am sorry I did not write on here soon. How are you? Is there nothing wrong with you? I am fine but I have been feeling sorrow as I cannot see you. I miss all of you, the two weeks days spent with you, American beautiful scene, and the atmosphere filled with English.
In Japan, I mainly spent my days doing club activities. I belong to Orchestra club and play the horn. We are practicing for the concert held in November. So I did practicing on weekdays.
Now, I start to write a report about the trip. I am going to write about cultural differences between Japan and America including my experiences in American-Indian museum. I research by myself but if you have any advices for my report, please give me some comments.
>Nina
I heard about mail missing from you to me by Hiromi(F). In fact, I did not get your mail before. Are there any troubles on computer?

Tuesday, August 15, 2006

The last comment in America

Yesterday, we went to the. I was surprised that there are so many domestic animals. I did not imagine it like that. I tasted some chicken nuggets and enjoyed an attraction there. I am glad to have an experience to go to a fair in America though its smell was bad.


I was so happy to come to Maryland and be acquainted with all of the mentors, teachers, and members. I could make nice memories a lot here. At first, I was afraid not to accustom myself to the new circumstance. However, I enjoy my American life very much and two weeks passed quickly, without notice. I feel gratitude for everyone who helps to let us spend so full time, especially Nina, Kevin, Ji Won, Laura, and Tim. I will never forget about all of the moments spent with you.
I will keep writing on this blog, so please give me comments when we go back to Japan. I am sorry there is little time to be with you but I treasure the rest of my time here.

Lastly, thank you very much for your great hospitality and care during our visit!!!!!

Monday, August 14, 2006

On weekend

On Friday, we had a chance to see the Prange library.
We heard the story about the censorship after the WW2, and I could know the importance of them in history. They are valuable to show the facts and circumstances to pass in the future. There are so many published prints that I was surprised. Some are from Aoyamagakuin. They are very interesting. In evening, we went shopping to Georgetown. I walked so long that I was so tired.

On Saturday, at Annapolis, we got on the cruise. I could see many boats and cottages along the bay. There, I saw many navies in the white uniform. It was clearly so I spent comfortably time on the cruise. In evening, I went to Georgetown again and bought some souvenirs.

On Sunday, we went to Mount Vemon by boat. George Washington’s house was very large and had many outbuildings and garden with very nice view. We relaxed at the garden very much. I felt that he was loved by the nation still now. At Alexandria,
we saw around the shops and were back to the hotel.

I also feel sad be back Japan soon.

Friday, August 11, 2006

Education

We had a panel discussion of education with students and graduates of Maryland. I could learn about the real lives from various aspects like dormitories, sports, part-time-jobs, club activities, how to choose the university and courses in America, and studying in abroad from Japanese eyes. There are both similarities and differences between America and Japan. I have never heard the real voices of American students so the class was precious experience for me. The conversations after it were also exciting. They are all interested in Japan and some can speak Japanese, so we enjoyed talking with them. I wanted to know more about them, too.

Thursday, August 10, 2006

Chinatown/ Adams Morgan/ U Street Shaw

We went to these places with checking lists what we could find there. In Chinatown, I found it is similar to Japanese one. I was pleased at seeing the Starbacks written in Chinese.
In Adams Morgan and U Street Shaw, I heard Spanish a lot and realized Spanish is the second language in U.S. As I only have been to D.C., I could see the new aspects of America. It was interesting. I also enjoyed the time at café.

Tuesday, August 08, 2006

The Washington and the family panel


We went to The Washington Post on Monday.
I was very excited to see the real place where the paper is published and I became to be interested in media. But it is difficult to be an editor, so I decided to study harder .

After that, we went to see the back of The Whith House. I was excited to see the real one which I can only see on TV.


On Tuesday, we had the family panel.
I found many differences in the background, religion, location, history, and so on. They are so interesting. I think family is one of the most important communities for all of us, so learning these differences is very valuable.
I am looking forward to seeing neighborhoods and sharing these differences, too.

In evening, we went shopping. There are so many shops that I could not see around enough in a day. I bought a souvenir for my brother. I enjoyed myself there.

At NMAI

I continue my writing from yesterday.
On Sunday, we went to NMAI. There, I learned how diverse Americans are. In Japan, there is only one race and it is difficult for us to accept the others’ differences. However, there are many devices to make different races be friendly like festivals. I admired it and I wonder if we could take them in for Japan, too though it is hard because these are from each tradition. I want to see around more there to learn more about American people.

Monday, August 07, 2006

On weekend

I could have full time at DC on this weekend. On Saturday, we went to see Vietnam Veterans Memorial, Lincoln Memorial, and Korean War Memorial firstly. I imaged Hiroshima and Nagasaki Memorial which shows the scar of WW2 in Japan and I thought wars remain a lot of scars on countries where they are occurred.

I have no time to continue this comment now so I will do next time. I am sorry…