Saturday, August 18, 2007

Return to Japan

All of us raised our voice “waaa!!” as soon as we got off the plane. It was not because we were happy to arrive at Tokyo, but because we were surprised at the hot weather in Tokyo.
After getting home, I heard that the temperature had reached 40.8 degrees somewhere in Japan, and it was the record heat.
However, it is not so hot today. When I went to the cake shop to buy some cookies, a woman said to me, “It’s cooler than yesterday, isn’t it?”, and I smiled only.

In Japan, a lot of things relaxed me. Japanese bills, coins, newspapers, TV programs, metro, a crowd at the station….every Japanese things made me relaxed. Also, I felt meals in my house were the best for me.
However, I sensed something was wrong when I walked barefoot in my house.

I remember my pleasant days in America while I read my friends’ blog. I had more enjoyable days than I had expected in Japan. I’m sure that my memories will become more precious as time passes.
My teachers, friends, mentors, unofficial mentors, and parents….thank you for everything!! Now, I like both America and Japan better than ever.

12 comments:

Nina Liakos said...

Hi Ikumi! I know exactly how you feel, "relaxed" to be back among familiar things. When I visited the US during my 3-year stay in France, my French friend said, "You seem like a different person in the U.S.--much more relaxed!" It's also interesting that you kind of got used to wearing your shoes indoors while you were here.

Appreciating both Japan and the US more is a gift that I hope will last for a long time.

Although it is so hot in Japan, here it is beautiful today, sunny, cool, and dry--a perfect day which I wish I could enjoy with you and my AGU in America friends!

Hugs,

Nina

yayoi said...

good evening,Ikumi! thank you for leaving a comment on my blog! the record was in YAmagata prefecture. i was also surprised at the story of extraordinary weather in japan by the taxi driver on my way home.but fortunately, i didnt suffer from the swelter today because i was sleeping deeply at that time! japanese food are good.but now my taste has americanised completely and i havent eaten something japanese dish yet.(!i am eating cup-yakisoba now!could it be counted as a japanese food?!warai*)
.i think i should eat more fish and care about my eating habit more following your advice

Hiromi said...

Hello, Ikumi!
I'm pleased to see your blog updated. ^^ I think the heat in Japan definitely surprised you because it's totally different from the one you had in the US, right? Yeah, it was a lot cooler today! But I guess it's just a break, so I hope you'll get used to the heat here soon! ^^

Being able to understand what people around you talk about always makes me realize that I'm in Japan now when I go abroad. Hahaha.

Anyway, I hope you'll enjoy the rest of the vacation! ^^

Laura said...

Ikumi, I'm glad that AGU in America made you like both America and Japan more...I have the same sentiments after studying abroad in Japan. Both countries have their good and bad points, so it's important to look at both! In the end, they are simply different countries with different cultures :D

Dennis said...

Hello, Ikumi.

I'm sure it feels wonderful to be back at home and surrounded by familiar sights and sounds. Probably the best thing is the food, right?

I'm really glad you have good memories of your time in the U.S. I'm particularly glad that "Now, I like both America and Japan better than ever."

The weather is hot in Phoenix, too. Today, the high temperature is expected to be around 37º C, but it's expected to be more than 40º C on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday!

Very best wishes--

Dennis in Phoenix

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