journal5

Before the program, I had thought that America had been a dangerous country, for example, the number of thefts are high. But, days in Williamsburg and Washington D.C. was so safe, so I reconsidered that idea. America is not so much a dangerous country. In addition, to my surprise, I could make myself understood in broken English to native speakers. I thought if I spoke English with wrong grammar, I couldn’t have done that. However, there was no such thing at all. Certainly, In Japan, a lot of foreigners speak broken Japanese, but I usually understand what they mean. This is the same situation in the U.S.

It was too hard to listen to and understand all of the lectures about the history and culture of the U.S. But all of them interested me. Especially, a lecture about American religion interested me the most. This is because before the lecture, we actually went to the church, and felt an atmosphere. It encouraged us to develop quality of the discussion and understand the lecture more. This can be experienced only in this program. I am not Christian and had never been to church, so I think I had a precious experience.

What I was the most impressed with was Focus Group Presentation. It was very hard to form an opinion as a group and present what we researched in a short term. In the question and answer time, I got nervous so much, because it was so hard to answer and even to hear and understand. But, the other members of my group, a librarian and especially our PA, Jonah, helped me with a lot of things, so we could do that work smoothly.

What I was the most surprised as a cultural aspect was the time to eat dinner. Before the program, I usually eat dinner at 6 to 7PM. But in the U.S. we ate dinner at about 5 to 6PM, although we eat lunch at 1PM. For me or other members, it was too fast to eat. But after I go back to Japan, I usually eat dinner at that hours. I got used to that style in this program. This program changed my life style. In addition, in our free time in Washington D.C., when my friends and I was going to eat dinner in a restaurant, we found that a lot of restaurant ware closed at 7PM. Even Starbucks was closed at 7PM (in Japan, some outlets are opened until 11PM). It surprised us so much. The reason of this and that we ate dinner so fast may be same. And this is absolutely a cultural difference. I want to research this.

Finally, I really enjoyed a lot of things in the United State. My days in the U.S. most be the most enjoyable in my life so far. I don’t remember the thing that I didn’t enjoy in this program. Though this program, I’m happy to experience what I can’t experience in Japan and by just trip. It has only two weeks, but what I experienced, felt and considered in the U.S. was invaluable for me! I can’t thank PAs and CIs enough. I’m so happy to take part in this program!

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The time which I spent in the United States was so wonderful. I learned a lot of things there. Originally, the reason why I took part in this program was that I wanted to know the United States, and I wanted to think about the differences between the United States and Japan. Of course, this program gave me a lot of opportunities of thinking about these differences. On the other hand, it also changed my images of the United States.

 As I mentioned, after I went to the United States, my perception of it changed. Before I went there, I regarded the United States as the country which was confusion. I thought that there were many people who had their own backgrounds, such as black people and white people. And when I was a high school student, I learned that that America was sometimes called a melting pot of races or a salad bowl. However, after I went there, I thought that the United States was the country where people lived in harmony with each other, even if they had different backgrounds. During this program, I had a lot of opportunities to think about races in the United States, such as in the lectures, the discussion of dialogue class, the field trip to Hampton University, and so on. Through these time, I learned that there were many histories of races in the United States. And I saw the daily lives in which people with different backgrounds lived in the same community. So, I thought that the United States was not the country which was confusion, but the country where people lived in harmony with each other in the same community.

  In Japan, we usually don’t think about races very much. Needless to say, there are many races in Japan, for example the Ainu. However, the appearance of people with different backgrounds is very similar to other Japanese people. And nowadays they speak standard Japanese fluently. So, some Japanese people mistake Japan as a racially homogeneous nation. However, I think this recognition is incorrect, and it should be changed. Before this program, I didn’t think about races very much as other Japanese people. But after this program, I often think about races in Japan. That is because the experience and learning in the United States taught me that understanding different races and their history was important. The understanding means respecting them as people in the United States doing. So, we should think about it more carefully. I hope that the day will come when nobody mistakes Japan as a racially homogeneous nation.

  I was very glad to meet wonderful staffs, CIs and PAs! Thanks to them, every day in the United States was filled with happiness, prompts, and motivations. The two weeks which I spent with them was so dreamy. Through this program, I felt that I want to speak English more fluently, and I want to make myself understood in English more freely. So, these days, I study English very hard. I will not forget the memorable time in the United States!

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Journal5

I’m so glad to join this cross-culture collaboration. I was so blessed with good Keio friends, William & Mary PAs, CIs. Thanks everybody! I spent wonderful time with you!

Before this program, I had a lot of anxieties. I was not sure I can communicate in English. However, I wanted to change my character. I was a kind of shy parson. I was afraid of taking mistake. Throughout this program, I think I could change my shy character. Especially, when I talk in final focus group presentation, I felt I could change myself. I don’t know the reason why I could do such a presentation, but I think I had a strong mind. If I was alone I couldn’t change. I have the best Focus group friend: they are dependable and clever, and dialog class friends: they are very smart, good at English and aggressive, so they inspire me. Thanks to them, I had a strong mind and I could change myself. I learned how important such great friends is.

During I was in America. I made many many memories. I feel these days are very fast, but they make me satisfactory.

I study a lot of things in America, not only academic but also life style in America. We went many place for example, Richmond we saw an excited baseball game, we walked around William &Mary to eat lunch. In America, it is very different from in Japan to order something to eat or drink. Field work is very impressive for me. We went to colonial Williamsburg, and we learned, old American culture such as food and buildings.

In Washington, we went to some museum. Our dialog class went to National Air Space museum and Native American museum. In National Air space museum, I was so excited, because I like airplane and universe. In terms of space and airplane industry, Japanese study is not so developed, so there are a few museums about it in Japan. Moreover, these museums are small. I was not satisfied. On the other hands, in America, these study are developed. National Air Space museum is very big museum. It has so many airplane model and dates. I strongly felt differences between America and Japan. In Native American museum, I learned that what the native American thought and how they lived. Japan also has indigenous people, their name is Ainu. They live in Hokkaido, in addition, they lived in Tohoku about 1500 years ago. Japanese people rarely have chance to know about Ainu. Therefore, I don’t know what is Ainu. where were they come from. On the other hands, America has great museum to know about indigenous people. This is also different from Japan.

I think English value is not only for academic but also for my usual life. Actually, I enjoyed the days in America in English including eating and talking to local people. In Japan, the chance we talk in English may decrease. So I’ll try to speak English even if I’m in Japan. And if I have chance to go abroad like this program, I will apply and improve my English skills.

Thank you so much! I’ll see you again as soon as possible!

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Journal 5

I write about 3 things I was interested in during the program, comparing with my experiences in Japan.

First, many things of the U.S. is exceeding the moderate line, I thought. Foods are mostly very big, served in large amount and most of them contain much sugar and fats. As to health foods, they are so “healthy” that it isn’t able to say that they are really delicious. Air-conditioning is also set in extremely cold at the many place. At first, I was bewildered by these things. But, I’m convinced through the viewpoint of liberty in the U.S. People in America prepare many choices, and other people choose them which are suited for them. And then, people prepare not only aspect of variety but also quantity. Hosts serve large amount of food and guests eat them to their stomach’s content, referring their principle. If they are full, they can use the box for taking out. It is a rare incident in Japan. And as to air-conditioning, if they are feeling cold, they can adjust themselves to the environment by putting something to wear on. Therefore there is no problem. In Japan, the style of serving is opposite to the U.S. The existence of variety is the same, but there is difference in quantity. Most of Japanese restaurants serve small dishes at first, then guests order next several dishes if they need. The size of each foods is generally small or moderate. There are also some traditional style of dishes which divide the various foods into small squares in Japan. Summarizing these former texts simply, it is possible to say that In America, foods are served in large amount at first and people choose and eat the best quantity for them. In Japan, foods are served in moderate amount and people can order some dishes if they need. For example of foods. I thought there are backgrounds about difference in self-support ratio of foods or diversity of culture and principles.

Second, I was interested in religious difference between both countries. In the lecture of religion in America, the professor said unaffiliated and atheist are increasing among the younger generation. It seems interesting for me because I had thought America is the land of pious Christianity. I also heard from some PAs that they don’t have much interest in their religion even if their parents are devout Christian. I don’t have faith especially too, so I had sympathy with it. Although Japan is the land of Buddhism and Shinto, people don’t believe them genuinely as well. And the tendency is remarkable in younger age group. It seems the custom rather than the faith. When I had been W&M, I hardly met somebody who had enthusiasm in his faith, yet I heard from my Japanese friend who went to university in America that he experienced an invitation from a religious circle. I was impressed to hear that because I thought as if I could see one of the various aspects of the U.S. In Japan, there are few circle declare in public that we are religious because people look the group on dangerous because of the past incidents of cult group. Therefore the existence and activities of such circles run by students is strange and sounds interesting for me. I cannot image to be religious in our age.

Finally, the thing I was interested in is the plants. The plants, especially the trees in the U.S. are obviously different from the Japanese one. There were the trees branching out in many ways from its roots (looks like Acacia of Africa), piling up the leaves in layers, bearing many unknown blue fruits. Most of them weren’t found in Japan and so beautiful. When I saw them, I wished I could have identify these names or classification, and it would be enjoyable if I recognize them. I took many pictures of those plants with my injured iPhone camera. I would like to study about botany or study again the simple classification I learned in my childhood and acquire the knowledge for the culture. They evoked my curiosity.

Thank you everyone who met in this program, for everything. May the happiness be with you.

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Journal 5

The two weeks I spent at the US was a valuable experience for me. From this program, I learned a lot more than I had expected.

This was my second time staying at the US. First time was when I was an elementary school student. I spent two to three years at California. I wanted to find some differences between the west coast and the east coast. I found out that buldings were quite different. In Williamsburg, the buildings were European-styled. The lecture from Dr. Arthur Knight helped me a lot with this point. I took a walk several times when we were in Williamsburg and understood what he wanted to tell us. I miss the town a lot because unlike Tokyo, the town of Williamsburg has more trees and glass that people can relax.

When I talk about American citizens, I can’t really define who is American and who is not. People from all over the world come to the US. At first, I didn’t know what is an American culture. However through this program I get to know about that. American culture is mixture of many different country’s culture. People bring there own cultures to the US. I think this idea can be said in the food culture too. I went to Oishii restaurant in Williamsburg. This is a Japanese food restaurant but it was more like Japanese-American food. There are no California rolls in Japan and neither hibachi. I think Japanese people brought their own food culture but they changed the taste or even made new dishes to attract other Americans.

Because there are people from different places or countries, there are some conflicts. The problem of African American racism is a good example. I studied about it last year in Keio but it wasn’t enough. The lecture and discussion we had and museums in DC made me think about human rights. I could not feel this way if I was in Japan.

My first impression visiting Washington DC was that it doesn’t seem like the capital of the country. Compared to Tokyo, there were fewer train station and fewer people. Unlike Tokyo, there are no buildings taller than Washington Monument. In Tokyo, there are fewer museums than that of DC and it is more like city for workers not for tourists. In my opinion, Tokyo is boring when it comes to entertainment.

By participating to this program, I want to become more communicative not only with Japanese speakers but also with English speakers. To achieve this goal, I tried to talk a lot with W&M students. My English improved a lot by talking. Before studying abroad, I only studied English by just writing and reading. This didn’t help me improving my English skill. I thought speaking and listening to English lead us to be fluent English speakers. From now on, I will focus more on speaking and listening when I study English.

In the lectures, I learned American history to American pop culture. I became more interested in the United States. I want to learn more about America.  If I had chance to go and study abroad again, I would definitely choose to study in the US.

To all the peole involved in this program, thanks a lot for your support. I had a great time and a great experience.

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Journal 5

About two weeks have passed since we returned to Japan. I had never been to United States, so I can find many things. Especially, the thing left an impression during this program is shops which closed 19:00. I think that this shows the liberty in the United States. On the other hand, we can use convenience stores even at midnight in Japan. This is good and bad point in Japan. Of course, we can buy something we want whenever we want. However, there are some people who have to work at midnight. When do they sleep? In Japan, many people take more care of others than of themselves. I think that this is the problems in Japan. This must lead to the overwork and depression. Japanese people should follow American people in this point.

After I returned to Japan, my perception of both United States and Japan has be changed. Firstly, I would like to write about Japan. Before I went to United States, I don’t know other countries than Japan, so I thought Japanese quality was natural and proper. In my opinion, Japan was small country and many people in the world were not interested in Japanese culture and lives in Japan. However, as I could find that Japan is convenience and comfortable country in the world, I got to like Japan more. So, what should I do in order to make Japan better and more famous country? First, we should not only learn English but also have a lot of opportunities to speak English. Japanese know a lot of grammar and words of English. However, we don’t have confidence in talking with foreigners. So, Japanese education should be added to the programs to give confidence. When many Japanese are able to tell people in the world Japanese good points, they should pay attention to Japan. This must lead to improvement of our country. Second, we should love Japan more. If we respect our country, we must do something in order to make Japan good. Many Japanese don’t have much confidence in themselves, which will lead to little confidence in their country. In order to have confidence, we have to love and respect ourselves. So, I think that “confidence” is one of the keywords to solve problems in Japan.

Secondly, I would like to write about United States. Before I joined in this programs, I thought United States was very free country. In fact, United States is freer than I thought. For example, each people has each thoughts. In Japan, when they are asked opinion, many people want to follow others and don’t have their own opinions. However, I saw PAs argue about social problems in United States intensely or heatedly. I was surprised at this. American people are generous to other people. It is said that Japanese are accept more than American. I used to think so, too. However, in my opinion, American people will tolerate more disagreement than Japanese.

I can find cultural differences between Unites States and Japan during this program. After this program, I want to understand these two countries more deeply. And, I cannot thank everyone involved with this program such as PA and CI enough.

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Final journal

    Before I visited America, I had an image of the U.S. is a country of freedom, and I heard that people in America act mildly and sometimes boldly.

    I thought it was true. During the program and my stay in America, I felt that everyone is generous to others. This is the most important perception for me about America. In a shop, clerks help their customers with courtesy. At an entrance pf buildings or rooms, someone always hold the door for the person who is follow. When I ask to someone else on the street, they tell answers to me even though my English is poor. In Japan, it is difficult to see these scene. Japanese people especially in Tokyo tend to indifferent to others. If someone is in trouble on the street, in a shop and at station, most of us ignore or pretend to not seen them. We seldom talk to others who are not known.

    At once, I was surprised to know that they sometimes acts so boldly. I had an amusing experience at the stadium. I wanted to get a cup of cola, but the soda fountain was not work. The time was too late to get some beverage, so I had to give up. When I was going back to my seat, a man spoke to me. He was not a staff of the stadium, but he switched on the machine and pour cola for me by himself! And later, he got his drink and switched off the power as if nothing had happened. I can’t believe, but I was happy.

    Other perception was the scale of buildings or land. They had so large scale that I was exhausted when I move to other places. Still other perception was the size of foods. Every thig was bigger than Japan. Thanks to the mount of foods in America, I had a food baby. I got these perception with my own body only after I spend time in America.

    As I enjoyed foods in America and done the focus group study, I come to find that most foods in America are familiar in Japan. On the other hand, Japanese foods are not familiar in America. I wasn’t look for the reason of this difference because in our focus group, we picked up and focused on the fast food chain. So if I had had more time in America, I would like to learn about or researched the food culture in America.

    As the cultural observation, I have two things. As I wrote in the past journal, I keenly felt the gap between White people and Black people. I was able to understand the difference between their chance to get a better job or to get a better life. I am sad to say that the difference is one of a culture in America, but it is true.

    Another observation is a political one. When I walked around gift shops, most of them had the goods of election of president. I can’t imagine the same thing in Japan. This says nation in America emphasize on their government. This culture is differ from Japan.

    I had many experience through this program and I learned a lot of things in the lectures or in the museums. However, the most important thing is to communicate others, to speak to others and to chat with person in America. By doing so, I can know about the daily life in America. Text books or tour guide book won’t tell me these information. That is the most important thing I learned in this program.

    At the end of my journal, I would like to thank everyone who helped and pleased me in this program. I’m much obliged to you. I promise you to I’m proud of and utilize this precious experience in my hereafter life.

Hope see you again someday……

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Journal 5

Kosuke Tojima

Everytime I saw souvenirs from America, it reminds me of a precious time that I spent in America, and of all CIs, PAs and staffs there. I’m going to look back on the program in order to keep lessons there in mind for a long time.

We arrived at Dulles International Airport on August 4th after our 12 hours long flight. We were welcomed warmly by 4 of our PAs. On the first day of our arrival, we were suffering from jetlag and did not feel like to talking to other people. On the bus from DC to Williamsburg, we were so tired that almost everyone fell asleep.

During this program, almost all days I had lectures. Our lectures included a wide range of topics, including Colonial Williamsburg and the American Revolution, African American History and Race Relations, American Indian Cultures in the US, Church and State, and American Consumer and Popular Culture. We were fascinated by those topics, and through the lecture, we were able to gain knowledge on the history of Williamsburg, and started to realize racial and gender problems in the US, and also in Japan. After the lectures, we had a Dialogue class. In Dialogue class, we were divided into 4 groups with9-10 people each group. Framework lecturer visited every class to give us opportunity to ask questions and then we discussed the topic more deeply. In my dialogue group, we wrote down questions about aspects of lecture we did not understand or about which we would like to know more about before the lecturer came. In my opinion, the lectures were well organized, so it is difficult to raise questions.

Sometimes we had an optional day, which we did not have a lecture, and instead of lectures, we did other activity. For example in WM campus, we had a scavenger hunt on the second day in order to get familiar to the campus WM. It was really tiring, while I think it was also a really good chance for us to know each other in our focus group better and explore the campus. We went to the college museum, the oldest academic building at WM, the Wren building, as well as the bookstore where we bought a lot of souvenirs. And we went to Hampton University to visit the museum whose arts focus on African American culture during our field trip. Furthermore, we also explored Colonial Williamsburg during our spare time. After listing to the lecture about Colonial Williamsburg, we visited various places in Colonial Williamsburg such as the governor’s palace and the court.

During the 2-week program, I had so many chances to try different American food both on campus and off campus. My favorite American foot I had there is the Buffalo wings. Some of us tried the spiciest Buffalo wings. It was so spacy that all of us cried.

For cultural activities, we were separated into groups and visited church on a Sunday morning, and we also had a jazz dance class. It was the craziest dance lesson I have ever taken, because we are not used to dances here. We did a lot of jazz dances as well as pop songs. In addition, we also had hiking, beach day and went to Richmond to watch baseball.

The biggest task we had in the US is to continue our research that we started in Japan. Our group researches on baseball cheering, and compared the difference between baseball cheering in Japan and the US. In addition, other groups’ topics include job hunting, Disney and so on. We worked really hard during our every day group discussion and before our presentation, and we are really glad that our presentation turned out well.

Thanks to all CIs, PAs and staffs there, we all could spend really good time. I cannot thank you all enough for everything. I wish I could see you again sometime.

 

 

 

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Journal 5

During the program, I realized a lot of cultural differences between the United States and Japan. What I learned and experienced in the US motivated me to study harder. First, I would like to write about what I found by observing people in the US. Second, I would like to write about things I would like to continue studying in the future.
Through the program, I realized American people communicate more frequently with each other than Japanese people. I think this is an important cultural difference, since conversation plays an important role in culture and life. A conversation with a cashier is a good example. Customers and cashiers talk with each other much more at a checkout counter in the US than in Japan. “Hi!” “How are you?” “Good. Thank you.” “Have a good day!” “Thank you. You too.” In Japan, however, cashiers only say “irasshai-mase (a Japanese specific word used to welcome costomers)” and “Thank you.” They never say “How are you?” and “Have a good day!” I think that this is because, as stated in the focus group presentation about job interviews, Japanese people do not need “small talk.” Cashiers in Japan are required to punch the prices into the cash register as quickly as they can.
Also, waiters’ job is different in the two countries. In Japan, all they have to do is take orders, serve dishes and work at a checkout counter. On the other hand, waiters in the US often come by the table, greet customers and ask them whether they need more to drink. This is like an expensive restaurant in Japan.
Through the program, I found what I want to know more. First, I would like to continue studying American politics, especially the social cleavage (factors of political division).
During the program, I realized that most of the CIs and PAs did not support Donald Trump. I learned that highly educated people tend to support Hilary Clinton. This is why most of the W&M staff do not stand by Trump. I wonder whether the academic background of voters matters in Japanese politics or not. Many Japanese newspapers and scholars are liberal(conservative papers are no more than three: Yomiuri, Sankei and maybe Nikkei), but which political party is liberal or conservative is vague in Japan. Japanese biggest party, whose name is the “Liberal” Democratic Party, is considered as conservative, but it often carries out liberal policy. This is confusing. For instance, Prime Minister Abe is now tackling the problem of women discrimination. As mentioned in my journal 2, he wants to improve women’s social position in Japan. And, last year Japan and South Korea resolved the issue of comfort women“eventually and irreversibly.” Some people insist “comfort women” were literally sex slaves, and others insist they were just prostitutes. In either case, it is certain that the issue was a grave affront to the dignity of women. Japan apologized to Korea and pledged to contribute toward abolishing women discrimination around the world.
Religion is the social cleavage in America, but it is not a big factor in Japanese politics. As mentioned in my journal 1, religion in Japan is apolitical while that in the United States is related to politics.
Of course, some common social cleavages matter in both countries. One example is generation. Japan is a rapidly aging society. The burden of social security lies heavy on the shoulders of the working generation. Japanese people call this situation “gray democracy,” since old people always overcome young people by force of number. Young people want to cut social security costs, but politicians are always trying to win old people’s favor. Jonah taught me this is called “gerontocracy” in English. Although the problem in Japan is more serious, both countries have the same problem.
Another same cleavage is disparities in income. Capital in the Twenty-First Century written by Thomas Piketty is a strong seller in both the US and Japan. This book focuses on wealth and income inequality in the world. In the United States, Bernie Sanders, who calls himself a “democratic socialist,” fought the good fight in the Democratic Primary. Also, Japanese Communist Party, which advocates the establishment of a society based on socialism, increased the number of seat recently.
Second, I want to continue studying English. I usually do not use English in Japan, so I often had difficulty expressing my idea in English during the program. After the program, I decided to study English harder. In 2020, the Olympics will take place in Tokyo. I want to be able to speak English good enough to help visitors during the Olympics. During the program, I learned English from PAs. Ryan taught me some English expressions I had not known. For example, instead of saying “I like your T-shirt,” I can say “I ‘dig’ your T-shirt.” Another expression she taught me is “push someone out of his/her comfort zone.” She always pushed us out of our comfort zone and let us try new things. She was so active that she showed this meaning by her behavior. Kyra was another English teacher. She asked us to play a game every night saying “If anyone wants to ‘hang out’ come to our room!” At first, I had no idea of what “hang out” means. Xinyi is a language specialist. During the program, she spoke only English. In fact, however, She speaks Chinese, English and Japanese. Furthermore, she is familiar with Japanese culture. She knows more J-pop songs and Japanese dramas than I know. I want to be trilingual like her.
To sum up, people joining this program motivated me to study more about American culture, politics and history, and the differences between the US and Japan. I am happy that I joined the program. I will remember what I learned and continue studying.

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journal 5

It was the second time to visit the US in my life. But when I first visited the US with my family, I was only six and I couldn’t understand English and didn’t know about the US.

So I felt it was my first time to visit foreign country.

 

Before I visited the US in this CCC program, I thought I know about the US a lot because the US is one of the biggest and most powerful country in the world and Japan and the US are on good terms with each other. However, after finishing this program, I realized that I was wrong. I didn’t know about the US well. Some of my images to the US which I had before has changed through this program.

 

Then, I will write about what I felt, thought and learned in this program.

 

I spent two weeks in the US which has different culture I had never experienced, with about fifty students and teachers whom I didn’t know well. Actually, I am shy and introverted in general. I don’t like to speak people, and I don’t like a situation people are always around me. Especially, if I don’t know the person well. And I don’t like being different places I’m not used to. So I really felt anxious before the program. I even regretted having applied for the program a little bit.

But, I really enjoyed this two weeks though there were many strangers, and I was in a different place. I think it’s because I liked people in the US and the atmosphere of the US.

 

I really liked to talk with people in the US including PAs and CIs. I think it’s because they are good at talking with others. Although I am not good at speaking, and I can’t express myself in English well, they always tried to talk to me and let us join conversations. They spoke slowly in plain English, and as we got used to listening to their English, they spoke little bit faster. So I could feel I was getting better and I liked it. They are also really good at keep conversation.

When I answered a question in just a simple word like “Yes”, “No” or “I don’t know”, they kept talking by asking another question or talking about another topic. So I rarely felt sorry not to be able to be good at speaking.

 

And what I liked the most when I talked with them was the way of their thinking, their generosity. I tend to have different opinions from those of “normal” people.

If I tell Japanese my own opinion or something unusual, they may say it is weird or even bad.

On the other hand, when I told them something unusual, they say it is interesting.

I can’t figure out what make these difference between Japanese and them but I like their attitude.

I don’t know why but I think Japanese people tend to force others to fit into a mold, and I don’t like that attitude because it kills potential possibility of a person.

I also don’t know why they are more generous than Japanese but nothing could be brought about without something different, something unusual.

I think Japanese people should be more generous.

 

I liked to walk around cities in the US because it was really pleasant. I could feel relaxed by just walking in a city. Maybe it’s because the scenery seemed to be very beautiful for me.

Sky is open, streets are straight and wide, houses are built in similar style, green is everywhere. On the other hand, in Tokyo or Yokohama where I live now, buildings are high, little green, houses are built randomly.

I wish I could live in a city where I can feel free and relaxed.

 

In 5 journals, I write about a lot of things of the US and this journal is the last one.

I’m already missing everything I experienced in this program.

Thanks to you, my experience couldn’t be better and I never forget this.

I hope to see you again, thank you!

 

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