Earlier this summer, three girls and I were given the chance to go to Japan. It was a once in a lifetime opportunity. I jumped at the chance to go, I had never been to Japan and I was so excited to go. The days started getting closer and closer and before we knew it we were getting ready to leave. When we got to the airport, I started to freak out. Going to a foreign country without my parents. But I pulled myself together and got on the place. Once we landed in Japan, I was good to go!
And it was one of the most amazing trips of my life. We were able to go to different places all over Japan. I got to learn how to properly use chopsticks. My host family was so warm welcoming and made me feel so safe. When we arrived to Nagaoka, we went straight to our homestay house. It was so different the way the houses were set up. The house I was staying at didn’t have a couch, there table was very low to the ground.
It was hard to communicate with them, but that made for an awesome story. When we would go out to eat at places I would just have to point at things on the menu and hope that I would like it. I could have never thought that ordering ice cream would be such a hard thing to do.
I was so blessed to be given the chance to go on this trip. Plus I got to go with 3 of my closest friends. I hope to return back to Japan very soon and continue to learn more.
Reagan Wood, Kaiser High School