Guess what folks? One of my flights did get delayed which caused me to miss my connecting flight. The flight that I went on instead arrived later than expected at the Kansai International Airport. I’m pretty grateful that Kansai Gaidai University provided a lot of help in getting to the campus. The flights were pretty uneventful but the airports themselves were pretty interesting. It seemed like every airport I went to was bigger than the last one.
During my first day at Hirakata, the other folks in the program and I took a tour of the campus. The university looks lovely with all the greenery and how the buildings look. Building 6 is especially cool! After the tour, we got to meet our speaking partner. My partner, Eri, wants to become a flight attendant and likes to ski. Afterwards, there was a welcome party where we were treated to a really nice bento lunch. Can you guess how delicious it was? Hint: it was super yummy.
The day after, we went on a tour of Japan. We walked around the Fushiminari Shrine.
At the shrine, you can buy fortunes and things to write wishes on. Some people were really creative with drawing faces on these!
Later, we went to Nishiki Market and bought various snacks from the many stores lining the street. The tour was completed with a quick visit to some traditional Japanese gardens.
On Sunday, we walked around Goroku-ichi, a monthly market that’s similar to a farmers’ and a flea market. Some of the things that were for sale include jewelry, bags, food and clothing.
The last few days have been focused on classes. The classes are slightly fast paced which can be expected when learning a language in six weeks. It’s a bit difficult but I would like to say that I know most of the hiragana now and can read things in hiragana even if it takes a while. We also had our first history class on Tuesday and we learned about the possible origins of Japan.
So far, everyday, the group would wait for each other in the lounge to walk together in a big group to class which I think is pretty cute. We’re staying at Seminar House 2 and it takes about 20-25 minutes to walk to the campus. There are ten of us in the program and we all come from different places. There’s three students from Mexico, a student from Shanghai, a student from Hong Kong, a student from France and the rest (including me!) are from the USA. A good portion of us have similar interests and it’s been a lot of fun hanging out with each other. I think that’s it for now.
Until next time,