Monday, August 28, 2006

I went back my hometown Kumamoto!

I went back my hometown Kumamoto a week ago. Kumamoto is in the Kyusyu district.
There is no place like home!! However I'm gaining weight day by day!
There are six people and one dog in my family. I have four sisters as you know. Now that I and two sisters each live in another Prefecture, three people are in Kumamoto.
Our dog's name is Maru. We got her from the storekeeper of the restaurant where we went by chance. the shopkeeper had looked for someone who taked care of the puppies bacause he was too busy to feed them. She is very cute! (I could'nt take a picture of her well because she never kept still!)

The day before yesterday, I went to Fukuoka to meet my friends and a sister.
two friends in the picture and I belong to the same club ( rhyhmic gymnastics) at high school. After a long separation, we enjoyed talking for loooong time . When I talked with them, I noticed I spoke with strong accent and in dialect. In Kanagawa, I don't speak in dialect very much unconsciously. One friend studies hard to become a veterinarian and the other leads a full college life. Chatting with them made me think about myself.

I stayed at my sister's home at night. I'm glad she is fine! She is tidy and methodical person. I want to be methodical like her.

Saturday, August 19, 2006

August 20 (Japan)

Hi! I'm curing a jet lag.
Thank you so much everyone!! I learned many things. this experience is my precious treasure.I'm happy to join this program.

Yesterday, I cooked miso soup. Though I felt homesick for Japanese food, I didn't feel happy very much after eating . The reason was that I ate the meal by myself. I felt very lonely, for I ate meals with my friends and I enjoyed it in America.I spent all day long with someone, not alone. Now that I came home, I started again to live alone.I think it is very important that we live with someone who we talk with about casual things face to face.

I tried to see pictures Kevin took. But I can't somehow. Is the reason that my computer is Windows?

Tuesday, August 15, 2006


Today is the last day to have a class. I wish I could stay here longer!
Yesterday, we went to Fair. I rode a Ferris wheel with Hiromi. I love a Ferris wheel. I was surprised it had no wall.I was scared every time it waved. But the view from the top of a Ferris wheel made me happy and refreshing. It was very good! I'm sorry I didn't have enough time to see animals. I like the scent of domestic animals. In Japan, we don't have pastures very much because Japan has many mountains and doen't have enough wide flat lands.
After the Fair, I went to karaoke. All mentors were very good singers! Their songs moved me.

Monday, August 14, 2006

August 14

We went to Alexandria and Washington's Mount Vernon. It was so beautiful. Tim told me every American likes George Washington. I don't think we have a special hero like him in Japan. Of course,we have the emperor, but most people except elderly one don't consider him as a hero but only a symbol.
On the boat to go back, I talked with a mentor about studying abroad. His story broadened my horizons. though I don't know what I really want to do now, I want to keep my view broadening to get as many possibility as possible.

Friday, August 11, 2006

August 11

Yesterday, six people talked us about the life of American student. I found some differences between America and Japan.
In Japan, we don't have many dormitories like America. A few students can live in the dormitory, so we live with our family as long as the house is near University or live alone in the apartment.

Thursday, August 10, 2006

August 10

Yesterday, I heard intersting stories about cultures. Kevin told us about not only American and Japanese culture but also Russian. It is often said that the difference of culutures occured because of that of climates. I learned Japanese are afraid of the nature and follow it while Western European try to control it. How about America?
We went to China town and Adams Morgan and U street. Multicultural town made me excited!I had a very valuable time. Thank you for taking us there!!

Wednesday, August 09, 2006

August 9

Yesterday, It was a family day. teachers and mentors talked us about their family. these stories were very very interesting. I felt the difference of cultuters.
After that,we went to the Pentagon city. there were many nice shops. However, I didn't buy anything because I didn't have enough time. I regretted getting nothing.But the beautiful building made me happy. I want to buy something I like when we go to another shopping mall.
By the way, I was surprised that most American bought a large number of clothes at a time.

Tuesday, August 08, 2006

I didn't sleep very well last night. I don't know the reason. I hope I will sleep well tonight. If not, I would become like a dead person. writing this, I feel inability of myEnglish skill keenly, so I want to study English harder after going back Japan.

Monday, August 07, 2006

My name is Eriko. I have been in America for five days. This is my first trip to America. I got excited. I'm glad to come here.