After the first three classes, it was time for lunch (school starts an hour and half later there). Kiley and I ate lunch with Japanese students, which was not only great because the cafeteria food is so delicious, but it was also a good time to meet and talk with the Japanese students. I found that a great ice breaker is telling the students you have a boyfriend. Apparently they are not as open about dating in schools in Japan. When I told them there are many couples in an American high school, they were very surprised because it is much less common here. But, but having this conversation, I was able to make friends.
After lunch, we went to the neighboring junior high school building where we gave a class a presentation about Pittsburgh. Then we got a tour around their school, which was a very helpful way to learn about Japanese schools. For example, I didn't know there was a separate room for every club activity. The calligraphy club has its own room, kendo club has its own room, and so on.
After the tour was my favorite part of the day, where we were taught Japanese games and taught them games. Nothing is more entertaining than a game of duck duck goose with
Japanese junior high school students!
After that we went to a welcoming party where I met more students and was able to make friends. We sat around talking and eating snacks, which I have to say are better than any chip in America. With the welcome party over, we all then went home. I had a delicious dinner and for dessert we ate mochi filled with strawberries and drank matcha.
In conclusion, today was filled with new friends and experiences good times, better food, and the sweetest host family in existence. Not to mention, I think my Japanese conversation skills are getting. better.
Listening to a welcome speech
Some of our tour guides
Playing the "Newspaper Game" where you have a group try to stand on the smallest possible square of newspaper
Playing "Hana Ichi Monme" a game like red rover but with a song, dance, and paper rock scissors
Making new friends at the welcome party