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In their own words! Read about the experiences of our international exchange students.
The last days I spent in Japan were filled with fun, sadness and excitement.
I went for a day in Fukuoka. The main event of the trip was to visit the Fukuoka Asian Art Museum. I was definitely not disappointed!
My dear friend, Sakura, invited me to her home town, Kagoshima.
So, when I saw the Tea Ceremony Exam approaching and realised I’m very, VERY bad at it, I started stressing out.
Second part of the Tokyo trip!
So I managed to organize our Tokyo trip! We arrived late on Thursday, just like in Kyoto, barely making it to the last train.
Just few days ago I came back from one of the biggest trips that I planned for my stay in Japan. We went to Kyoto – the old Japanese capital and one of my favourite Japanese places.
On the 1st of December we went to Hasami again for our second round with the primary school students.
On Saturday we went to Kawatana for the Lantern Festival!
I was hit with this strong feeling of nostalgia.
Today we went to the Hasami elementary school! It was super fun, kids were excited to meet us and we had some fun playing with jump ropes.
We went with other international students to Nagasaki! First we went to a Chinese temple and museum.
The City of Nagasaki was kind enough to invite us to a whole day trip
Middle school students from Kawatana came to NIU as part of their English camp experience.
At the beginning of our Japanese adventure Maekawa-san gave me two tickets to the temporary exhibition in Kyushu National Museum. The end date had been approaching soon, so I took Jamie and Devon to check it out!
School festivals are quite a big event in the academic life.
We went to an elementary school in Sasebo! They had an international festival. Honestly it looked very anime-like, so I’d assume it’s just a typical school.
Our teacher, Shioda-sensei (who is also full of surprises) gave us nice kanji to assign to our names.
We went to a few museums today and actually saw a foot bath.
Since we got here I’ve been trying to get this peach shampoo out of my hair.
We went rice harvesting!
So recently the Nagasaki International University (NIU) foreign student gang was taken out to try our hand in arts and crafts.
I will not be writing about every single cool thing that happened during this month.
This Friday I went on a trip with one of my Japanese Culture classes to see Hasami Pottery.
So our first experience at a Japanese karaoke booth felt truly whimsical.
So we went to the Huis ten Bosch.
Universities in Japan operate a bit differently on the technical side of things than universities in America.
It’s been a month since we arrived in Japan, and although I will admit that arrival may have been tiring, it’s been nothing less than exciting since we arrived.
That was our first hang out with Japanese students.