Keily, Outbound to Japan

It has been a month and some since I arrived in Japan and I’m loving it here! I have been given so many opportunities to explore new places and meet new people! I am currently attending three schools at the same time, but I don’t mind it. It’s great being able to meet new people from all around the world. I joined my art club and the members are all goofs and I love them dearly. Once a week, the English club interviews me and asks me questions given from students! It’s so strange being in a school where everyone knows you, but you don’t know them. Having arrived in Japan, I noticed that my Japanese wasn’t as good as I thought it was, but within one month I have been able to improve my understanding skills and speaking skills. Reading and writing was what I mainly focused on in the first month, so now it’s easier to go places! I have not really been hit with homesickness as of yet, but I do see myself missing a few things here and there such as visiting my favorite clothing stores or eating my favorite foods. The food in Japan is sooooo good! I’ll never get tired of it.

One thing I will say is that being in Japan is no longer strange for me. The first few days I’d wake up and look out my window and think, “wow! I’m really in Japan!”, but now I see Japan as a second home. This wonderful place is no longer strange for me, this has become my “normal”. Riding to school by bike, going to 7 Eleven, talking with my friends, it’s all so wonderful. Some of the places I have visited are, Utsunomiya which is one of the larger cities in my district. Ashikaga is where I live at the moment and its on the countryside. I have also visited Edo wonderland which is a ninja and samurai theme park. Everything there is made to look like it was from the Edo period. I have also visited many shrines! Shrine etiquette is very important here in Japan! Arcades are one of the places I love visiting the most, its soo much fun! There are so many games to play! Sometimes the choices get overwhelming, but still very fun! Dance Rush seems to be my favorite arcade game at the moment. Looking back on just the last month here, I can see what I can improve upon, but yet again, I am proud of myself for the improvements I have made. They may not be extremely big accomplishments, but I’m getting somewhere. You always have to look back and reflect on how different you are now then when you first started.

If someone would have told me that one day I would be living in Japan, I wouldn’t have believed them. This is all so surreal.

I’m proud of this big step I have taken!

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