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2010-06-14 World Cup Fever

To be honest, I have no idea what to write about. I am just writing this due to lack of any other events happening in my life. For the most part, I usually spend my time in my room studying, since school has gotten pretty hectic. I am so jealous of all of my Linfield friends right now, since they finished a couple weeks ago. I wish that school would just be over right now, so that I can spend my last month and a half in Japan doing things that I enjoy. It is not fair that when I am done with school I will only have about 2 weeks left in Japan. That is not nearly enough time to do all of the things that I want to do; see my friends, go to karaoke, more traveling, and of course, packing. But for now, I will continue to study and hang out with my friends as much as I can before I come back home. For example, in Japan, the World Cup officially started last Friday night at 11pm, so I went to my friends house for the Opening Game: Mexico versus South Africa. It was really fun watching the game with everyone, cheering for our favorite teams, eating and drinking, making new friends, and almost missing the last train to get back to the dorm. But it was worth it. One of the things that I love about being in Japan is seeing how something so simple can bring us together. At the beginning of the year, we were brought together because of Japanese, and now our love for football (American soccer) has brought us together. It is beautiful how things so simple can make our relationships become stronger, or even make us more accepting of other cultures. However, let it be known, no matter how much I love learning about my friends' countries, I am still rooting for America! GO AMERICA! Tiffany Ross, Japanese Linfield College Year Abroad Program in Tokyo, Japan, Rikkyo University

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