“Although I knew very little Japanese (I mean VERY little), this trip was one of the best experiences of my life, and I’ll never forget it. Meeting the group I was about to travel for 2 weeks with was awkward. But by the end of this trip, I’d call everyone amazing friends (Squad assemble!) who I run up and hug every time I see. This trip let us experience a different way of life in the best way possible; living it for a week.
We stayed with the most amazing families who took care of us and did more than we could have ever imagined. My family had four sisters and two parents. I now had to live a week in a foreign country with people who spoke a completely different language. I was incredibly nervous, but when I met them, I knew this was going to be great. I tried heaps of new foods, went to crazy places and made amazing memories. Each night was something new, from origami one night to dancing around the next. My host mum gave me amazing lunches, each day I’d learn a little more Japanese.
My host student and I caught the train and then walked to school every day. When you got school you had to change shoes and put on you name tag on, and you’d go to the homeroom and we’d meet up with our group and tell each other what we did the night before. Each class was something different. There were many clubs, from flower arranging to swimming! We made so many new friends that we still keep in touch with. As you can imagine, our last day with our host families was tough. There were so many tears! We didn’t realise how attached we’d all get, these were our second families!
After an emotional goodbye, it was on to our next stop. From here on we travelled as a group, and we pretty much did all the tourist sites you can think of! We stayed on Miyajima Island, pat and (accidentally) fed some deer and experienced our first traditional Japanese hotel. Then it was on to Kyoto, where we saw beautiful shrines and the golden pavilion. We then caught the train to Shibuya, a place famous for the massive street crossing. Our second last stop was Disneyland! I could go on forever about how much I love Disney and how amazing Disneyland was, there’s no time! Disneyland was amazing! I love Disneyland! On our last full day in Japan we went to the Studio Ghibli museum, which was awesome! You got to explore everything! After that we went to a place called “Kawaii monster café”, and that was just crazy colourful! This experience was amazing, if you get the chance to go 100% take it, even if you don’t know any Japanese. Thank you to everyone who made this trip possible, we all loved it and will never forget it!”
Katie – Student 2018