This trip was definitely a once in a lifetime experience. I had such an amazing time learning about a new culture and about many of their traditions. I never thought I would see so much rice fields. In Nagaoka, I saw so many beautiful views. I loved the experience I have had with my homestay family. They were warm and welcoming which definitely helped me get used to the idea of being away from home.
When we got to the schools you can definitely see a big difference between Hawaii schools and japan schools. In Japan every classroom to music room is all in one building, which is every different from here because here we have like 8 different buildings. But something I found interesting is that they learn English, while we learn other languages like Japanese or Chinese. Everyone there were so sweet and very kind. I can’t wait to go back to Japan and explore parts that I haven’t seen yet! I am so thankful for the opportunity to go with friends.