When we got to Japan and I met my host family it felt like I’ve never knew them already because they were so kind to me and gave me a warm welcome. My host mother Keiko could speak a little English but it was hard for her so majority of the time I would use google translate to talk to her and her family.
Every morning she made me breakfast and she always would put cute faces on my food or write the word aloha. She knew I was a vegetarian, so I would have salad a lot. The following days we went to multiple museums and learned about the attack on Honolulu and Nagaoka. We went to a middle school and talked about peace. We also had to write on a lantern on what peace is. We met a whole bunch of high school students and taught them one of our ban dances. We had about 10 minutes to teach them and I thought it was going to be hard for them because when I learned it, it took me a couple days but the group I had was really fast learners.
This is the trip that I will never forget! Because I got to experience different cultural traditions and I’m so thankful to be a part of this amazing opportunity.