Friday, October 24, 2008

My School Trip



















So My whole purpose for adding this entry, was to tell you about my school trip....but then I realized....I haven't told you guys about my school!!!! So here it is. East High School. I go every day from 8:40 to 3:10, except on Mondays which are always extended to 4:10.



















It is an interesting experience to go to Japanese school.....



















Its a lot different from American School....


















One difference is that we have to change out of our "outside" shoes, and change into our "inside" slippers every morning before going to class.








No yellow school buses here.....most of the students use bicycles to come to school! Some use the public bus, like me:)






And now for the moment you have all been waiting for....yes I have to wear uniform to school









I actually don't care too much for uniform. I guess it makes things easy in the morning because I don't have to look for anything to wear, but at school, makeup, jewelry, and accessories are prohibited. I think thats what bothers me the most. I am a girly girl, I love my makeup, earrings, and purses!









I also don't like the way it makes me stand out. EVERYBODY knows I am a high school student. Not that there is anything wrong with being a student, I just don't like being able to be quickly identified as one lol. It feels invasive to me that someone could glance at me for 2 seconds and know things about me lol By this uniform, the can tell what school I go to, my age, and basically where Im going. Anyone who sees me at 8 in the morning, on the bus, knows I'm going to East High School....I still cant figure out why that bothers me (lol) but it does.....

Oh well.....








But one thing the same, here and in America is that we have awesome nice teachers! This is my homeroom teacher! His English is so wonderful, and helps me out a great deal.







So, My school trip.....



I went to Hiroshima ,Kobe, and Osaka (and some little towns in between).


















This is the Atomic Bomb Dome, in Hiroshima. One of the only buildings that was left after the atomic bomb was dropped. Its also a World Heritage sight.




This is the "Peace Park" which surrounds the peace museum which informs its visitors of the tragedy that was the atomic bomb. It also informs of past atomic bomb testing; And I learned that every time a country conducts tests for the atomic bomb, the government of Hiroshima writes letters of protests to the leaders of that country.....










Next we took a ferry ride over to MIYAJIMA island.











I was thrilled by the sights I saw when I got there......







First of all, were the friendly little deer that roam around the island. They are wild, however, they seem domesticated!







The will follow you around, try to eat your bags, and even let you pet them!








They are actually one of the things this island is famous for.....







But not the most exciting....
















This is the TORI or gate of the Itsukushima Shrine.



Its beautiful isn't it?

We arrived during high tide, but during low tide you can actually walk out to this "gate"



This is the Shrine itself.






I feel so privileged that I could see this!!!!


This is a sceens if the boat rides in a small town called KURASHIKI. The city is famous for the O'hara Museum of art.
This is the Himeji Castle, It is the oldest- and considered most beautiful and well perserved in Japan.
Here I am posing with some of my classmates.

video

And Last Id like to leave you with a message from my friends!!!

I hope you enjoyed the update, I only have 2 more months in Japan- So I will see alot of you soon!

With love

Paris in Japan

Monday, October 6, 2008

October Love


The title of this blog is called "October Love" for many reasons. One is because Im falling in love with my life style here in Japan, my new friends that Im making, and the country itself. JAPAN is AWESOME.


This is me and Zaki. I met Zaki about a month and a half ago Starbucks, and we have almost every weekend together since then!!!
Now wait wait wait, I know what you are thinking.....

Hes not my boyfriend you guys!!!


But I love him so much. We were made to be friends. And it came at a good time in my life. Being in a foreign country without your family, can get frustrating sometimes. But when you have a host family like the one I have, and great friends....It makes everyday a wonderful, beautiful, exciting day. I Love you Zaki!!

This is my dearest Yuji! Hes so great and funny and sweet! Its always nice grabbing a Caramel Frapp together at Starbucks! And then talking about the people who pass us! Who's outfit is cute, who looks crazy....ect.

Ya know the norm.....

:)Beijos Yuji!







This would be my Zaki, and my friend Akiko!

One day I was walking through the Station on the way home from school, and Akiko recognized me as the friend of her friend and wanted to talk! She is a wonderful singer and actually went to a music school in Tokyo.



For those of you who know me, you know that I LOVE music. Its nice to have other musical people around me!

I'm so happy to be her friend!




Akiko invited me to an "International Language exchange party" It was in a university in Nagoya.



The purpose is for foreigners who want to learn or practice Japanese, to speak with native speakers, and for native Japanese speakers who want to practice their English to come together and learn through conversation!




We all sat in small groups, and the native Japanese speakers rotated tables.
The first hour and a half we could only speak in English, the second hour and a half it was JAPANESE ONLY!!!! It was so fun. These are some of the friends I made.
Zaki and I went together:)
Of course!

















I had a blast, practiced speaking Japanese, and made friends in the process!

This is Yuji and Xandy ( A friend of a friend and now my friend too!!)




We went to Karaoke together.....
I cant explain myself, so Ill let the video I took do it for me.....enjoy


I keep getting lucky. Everyone I meet is GREAT. XANDY DARLING BEIJOS!




videoXandy Singing for me......






videoMy Zaki and Yuji singing! Aren't they cute?
But wait wait wait.....there are more reasons why this blog entry is called "October Love"


MATSURI!!! (Festival)


videoThe Fall Festival! Here is a clip of the main attraction! Men carrying around this heavy.....thing on their shoulders, shouting to the top of their lungs. My goodness, how awesome is that? I don't know exactly why they do it (lol) but its certainly fun to watch. Have a look! All of this was held at the Buddhist Temple!




Ok so you can totally see why My heart is full of Love this October. Because life is great, and exciting, and fun, and I am in Japan! OMG. IM IN JAPAN!!

SENDING

SOME

OF

MY

OCTOBER

LOVE

FROM JAPAN

YOUR WAY!!!!







-Paris in (love with) Japan