In one week I will be on the other side of the world. I am ready to embark on a new journey and embrace the beauty of Japan. While making my dreams come alive, I am excited, nervous, and thrilled all at the same time.
This past year I have been really pushing myself to achieve all of my goals. Starting my blog was also on this list. I decided to work on pursing my passions and focus on honing my creativity. I also wanted to feel stimulated and try something completely different and intriguing. So I decided to learn the Japanese language!
I have always been fascinated by the Japanese culture. Growing up loving samurais, movies, and cartoons. I also love Japanese food, and trying new dishes. I am also inspired by Japanese fashion, art, paintings, sculptures and entertainment. Japan is so advanced in their technology and gaming culture. I am also captivated by their mannerisms; very polite culture.
A friend of mine had recommended a school, so I signed up for an introductory session. After that first class I knew I wanted to continue challenging myself and signed up for the full course. I have been attending ever since. It will take a few years to be fluent, but I am up for the challenge!
For nearly a year now I have been studying the Japanese language at Tenri Cultural Institute. I am currently learning to read, write, and speak the Japanese language, which consists of 3 writing systems (hiragana/ katakana and kanji). During my studies I have met some amazing people, including staff and other students.
An opportunity to study abroad at Tenri University in Nara, Japan was presented and I couldn’t pass this up. I love to travel, and this will be my first trip to Asia. I want to experience as much as I can during this exhilarating trip. So me and a friend from class decided to visit Tokyo first for a week before class begins! We will be traveling from Tokyo to school by Shinkansen! (about a 3/hr. Ride bullet train).
I will be gone for almost a month and hope to learn and experience as much as I can. During my trip I hope to become more familiar with the language and will practice speaking! I want to explore the city and countryside. I am looking forward to trying new foods, visiting temples, historically important locations, and museums, shopping and nightlife.
During my studies, I will be learning the language, learning about customs and traditions, and taking trips around different cities. I will even learn how to wear a kimono!! I hope to practice tea ceremonies and other traditions.
I can’t wait to see all that Japan has to offer, this will be a life-changing experience!
Tenri Cultural Institute
is located in Greenwich Village on the ground floor of 43A West 13th Street between 5th and 6th Avenues
(near the New School and Parsons School of Design).
Tenri, Nara Japan
Tenri University was originally founded in 1925 as the Tenri Foreign Language School; it was reorganized as a university in 1949.
Tenri city, in the Nara prefecture which is one hour by train from Osaka and Kyoto, and two hours by train from Kobe.
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