To be honest I have tried various outlets for traveling to Japan From pen pals to the typical teacher program to getting my BA degree in hopes of landing a job over in that country….to no Avail ..however I still cant give up.. this is one of my life long dreams, I can not give up so as a result I am looking at joining the Navy with the hopes that I can have a stable career and free access to travel to japan, in my spare time. I have a deep respect and Admiration for the Japanese culture especially, folk lore, pop culture, Art, tradition , and the customs. yes as of now I have become a little bitter trying to figure out why is it such a struggle for me to get to japan while others can just briskfully travel their with out a thought .. I know its wrong of me to feel this way .. but hopefully The Navy will help me get there And my savings for the trip will be enough for me to go . 2 months ago
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I am currently learning Japanese, (on my own so it may take longer) because I really want to go to Japan. My dad went there before and he said everyone is polite, a good change from some Americans :P 4 months ago
this is what it’s like when you’re there: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M_j2FHtxB6I 4 months ago
need to buy suitcases, but railcards and learn some Japanese.. 4 months ago
So at my school there’s an opportunity to go to Japan in 2014 and I’m going as long as I can raise the $4000 in time!! WISH ME LUCK!! Donations are accepted ;) 6 months ago
This November! It’s going to be amazing! I’m going to be staying right outside Japan Disney. Can’t wait! 7 months ago
We bought flight-tickets! This is so exciting! We’ll be there for three weeks. Can’t wait!!! 8 months ago
Touch down in Japan listening to “Lovers in Japan- Coldplay”- of course, and I remember seeing the mountains poking through the clouds and thinking that, even from the sky, everything looks different. This mystical place where even the clouds looked like they had been painted by Hokusai himself!
Meeting Manami at the arrivals gate was a memory I’ll never forget- it’s been two years since we’ve seen each other, but it felt like we’d never been apart =) We are so relaxed and comfortable around each other =) The first new word I learnt upon my arrival,atsui(hot), and I will never forget that one!
EVERYTHING is different and feels different, not like when you visit Europe and the countryside is similar and you don’t feel so far from home. In Japan, the land is so flat and suddenly explodes into mountains, all covered in trees so they almost look fuzzy.
Manami’s house is lovely and everyone is so welcoming, I love learning their ways; everybody has their ownsurippa(slippers) as shoes must be taken off at the door, thanking everyone for the meal before eating,itadakimasu, and sitting around the table on the floor instead of on chairs.
Of course, karaoke had to be done, but I also got to meet Manami’s boyfriend, Senpai, which was something special as I have known her from before she met him, to her telling me that she liked him and now, I got to meet the boy she’s been telling me about for almost three years =)
I must give a special mention to the food which is INCREDIBLE! The breakfast was so beautifully set out by Manami’s o-kasan (mother), amazingly thick sweet bread, omlette, blueberries and doughnuts- oishii!!!(yum ^^) Manami’s family taught me how to make takoyakiwhich is little balls of batter with octopus inside which was surprisingly very delicious! TONS of sushi, Japanese dessert which I could only describe as being like a trifle… Cake, ice cream, berries, cream all crammed into one bowl- heaven! But the favourite had to be tempuraand temizu, which consisted of fried shrimp in rice, wrapped in seaweed-oishiiiiiii!
Kyoto- Manami and Senpai took me to the Kyoto film studios where we saw a ninja show in true Japanese tradition. They were incredible, jumping from high places and tumbling through the air. Amazing! We visited the temple at the top of Kyoto just before sun set, you have never seen anything more stunning, the never ending city surrounded by magestic mountains.
Nagoya- We visited Nagoya just the right time for thematsurei(festival) of dance. The dancers moved down the streets as they performed, following the trucks that were blasting out music. The costumes were beautiful and everyone looked like they were having such a good time creating such an awesome atmosphere. Manami had to meet a friend so I wondered around Nagoya on my own. It was a strange feeling, walking around the place I could have gone to university, a place I would have considered more if my 16 year old self hadn’t given up on the idea because everyone laughed at her when she told them. Nagoya is a beautiful city and a place I felt settled and at ease. Sat looking across the city at sunset, I really wish I had considered it more…
Leaving Manami and her family was awful. Not knowing the next time I’ll see one of my best friends or when I’d next be in this place that I feel such a strong connection with, this family that I have a special bond with. I can’t explain it, but I felt so at home in Japan and in their home with a family who doesn’t speak English, I felt more comfortable there than I did in my own home in Leeds…
Sayonara Nihon, ai shiteru! 8 months ago
Exciting, K is finally ‘convinced’ that we should go to Japan too! Yay! We’re thinking of going in December, and then visit some beautiful places (and Tokyo of course!), and then go snowboarding too.
Awesome! Let’s start planning! Hope it’s not too expensive though… that could be a reason not to go… 8 months ago