||[Dec. 18th, 2006|11:21 pm]
soooooo behind on my updates on japan.....どうしよう。。。？|
-------Been internet-less since I`ve moved out of the apartment, out of Tsuru-shi (Dec. 10). I was supposed to take the train to Yokohama to stay at my parents` friend`s house, but what a surprise I had!!! My host family wanted to drive me all the way to Yokohama...like a family trip!!!! I was soooooo happy!!! I got to see them one more time, after the farewell party. (FYI : *sigh* that farewell party (Dec. 8) was not good. All 9 ryuugakusei had to make our final speech in front of our tutors, teachers, and host families, but most of the time, we were crying during our own speech....I felt like I couldn`t cry anymore.)
At the farewell party, my host mom cried a bit. But when I met up with my friend in Yokohama, both my host dad and mom started to cry. And Kaede-kun didn`t want me to go..... I must say (again...?!), I`m glad I traveled abroad. I`ve never made such strong bonds with someone(s); the other ryuugakusei, the tutors, my host family.... It`s a special bond, I believe, and I plan to cherish them forever. Not only did my Japanese improved, but I felt, I improved myself.... I hope to go back to America with more confident in myself... to become an even better person to myself and others.
But I`m not in America just yet. For 5 days, went to Hokkaido with 3 other ryuugakusei. Saw falling snow, made a snowman together, rode a sled, ate crab, Hokkaido ramen, visited the chocolate factory where `Shiroi Koibito` is made, went to a glass factory (wish I could have made my own glass...), went to the Asahikawa zoo; just had a good time. One day, we went to this place called `MIRUKU no Mura` for ice cream. Only, once we get there, we found out you eat ice cream with a bit of alcohol mixture (usually sweet) together. It was a weird, but interesting experience. More memories, more laughter!!!!
Dec. 17, came back from Hokkaido to Hande airport, where I had to go to Tokyo station and take the shinkansen to Kyoto. Wasn`t till 10pm till I made to Kyoto. Right now, staying at another friend`s house. Yesterday, went to Kyoto`s big river (forget the name), and saw the Winter Illumination. soooo pretty, and it was the last night!!! lucky~!!! Going to Kyushu next, on Thursday, to visit relatives. Wonder what`s going to happen next.
**FINALLY!!! got a deviantart account