Recently, I just finished my final exams at AIU (Akita International University). I still have to write a paper for one of my classes, but right now I am taking a break. Currently, I am trying to spend time with my friends that are returning to there home country, going to study abroad, or will be at AIU when I return to my home country.
It seems strange because I am so used to seeing my friends here. In addition, it will be weird to return home because I will be able to overhear other peoples conversations and not worry about the language barrier. At Akita, I have gotten used to seeing Japanese words everywhere and people speaking to me in Japanese that I do not have a problem anymore.
|Saying goodbye to my Japanese Conversation partner before she goes to Norway for study abroad|
|I will always remember her ;)|
Sometimes I feel that there is some of sort of barrier when I talk to some of my Japanese friends because even though I can understand basic Japanese, I am still unable to express my feelings to them in Japanese. I am unable to let them know if I am sad, what I want to do in the future, or ask them something that I am curious about for their country.
In addition, a lot of my Japanese friends prefer to speak in Japanese during group meetings, so even it is a simple task such as thinking about a title for a presentation, I am unable to do that because of my lack of my understanding for Japanese.
At AIU, there are not a lot of Hawaii people, so I feel unique, and I have a greater appreciation when talking about Hawaii. Occasionally I make Hawaiian food and share it with my friends sometimes. The guava cake I made a few ago was pretty popular that some of my friends had requested for the recipe. A lot of people have not tried guavas before in Japan because guavas only grow in warm areas, and they are really expensive.
|Homemade Guava Cake|
Here is a picture from my Japanese class this semester and the Final Hawaii Night. The Japanese clothing that some of my classmates are wearing is called a yukata. A yukata is a summer type of clothing that Japanese people wear. In addition, my Japanese teacher is a wearing an origami lei that I made for her.
The next picture is from the final dinner Keli'i and I had with these two girls that studied at UHM (University of Hawaii at Manoa). The other girl in the picture is from UHM. She was apart of the summer program, so she was only here at AIU for about six weeks. Thanks to those two girls, Keli'i and me were able to go to places such as Round-One. Round-One is a theme car where people can do things like play video games, billiards, and sing Karaoke.
|Those two girls studies abroad at Hawaii|