Journals from Aoyama Gakuin University, Japan
2013-07-02 An Overdue Update
My friend and I holding our newly-made uchiwa
Well, this is embarrassing! I was so certain that I had made a journal entry for May! And now June has gone by and I have had nothing uploaded since March. I will make a few quick entries now to make up for the missed updates.
If I complained of boredom in March, May certainly brought me back into the busy life. We began the new semester with a trip to Chiba with the new exchange students. There, we went to a center full of kind people who taught us how to make traditional Japanese fans called uchiwa. We got to choose our paper and we got to glue it to a bamboo fan skeleton.
The next stop on our trip was to an all-you-can-eat barbecue place. We could choose from a wide variety of meats, seafood, and vegetable to grill up ourselves. I tried to be adventurous and eat some strange sort of shellfish, but it was quickly revealed that I had no idea how to grill the thing. Unfortunately, it didn't turn out well for me at all. The rest of the food was delicious, however, and I fear I may have eaten too much!
I soon regretted my decision to fill myself so completely with barbecue, as the final leg of our journey was at an all-you-can-eat strawberry farm. We were given half an hour of free reign over rows of strawberries, picking and eating as we pleased. Unfortunately, Spring came early in Japan, so the strawberries were perhaps slightly overripe. They were nonetheless delicious. Also, this trip was meant to include cherry blossom-viewing, but along with the ripeness of the strawberries, the cherry blossoms left quickly with the early warmth of the weather.
I think this trip was a good way to get to know the new exchange students a bit better. Last semester, our excursion began a while after school had started, so we already knew each other a bit. It was a fun and casual trip, and it was nice to get to know people outside of the classroom. The new students still didn't know which level they'd be placed in, so they got to become friends with people from all different language ability levels. It was nice that we were able to answer questions about classes and what school is like at Aoyama.