Senior recommended this study abroad. The program included things I could not experience on a simple trip, and the reason why I applied for was because homestay was included in the program. I have never been to Kansai, and thought that I could have another experience different from Tokyo.
Looking at the schedule table, I thought it is good to see traditional cultural assets such as Kyoto, and to have experiences of contemporary culture like Takarazuka Revue Company, and I was thinking of enjoying it with full power.
1. home stay
It was good to be able to contact in advance with the host family information I got in advance. It really made me feel like a member of her family. I thanked them for kindly telling me something I could not understand. I did what I wanted to do because they respected and reflected my opinion as much as possible. Homestay was the most enjoyable part of this activity.
2. Cultural experience
In 'Traditional Japanese dance' activity, exchange students from Sookmyung Women 's University and Sungshin Women' s University showed dancing themselves which made me concentrate more on this activity. It was good that I could experience the Haori and its fan on my own. I thought it would have been better if they had taught me some dances. In the 'Cooking Kansai food’ program, students from Konan Women's University introduced the program and then we made the food together. I felt sorry for the Japanese students that they were the ones who actually made most of the food. In 'Sado(Tea ceremony)’ activity, I was able to learn easily how to brew and enjoy the tea, or the procedure to eat sweets and drink tea. In 'Flower Arrangement' activity, there were many difficult explanations, but I understood through materials like photographs. Also, students from Konan Women's University helped me by my side and I could finish Ikebana successfully.
3. City tour
It was good to know the meaning of ‘Korean Japanese’ in the Korean Town located at in Tsuruhashi, Osaka. Because there were many Japanese people who came to Korean restaurants located in Korean Town, I was surprised. The restaurants in Korean Town made me feel like I came back to Korean markets.
It was also good to see various cultural properties of Kyoto. Although we visited cultural assets of Kinkakuji, Ginkakuji, and Kiyomizudera only, I came to know many other places. I was thankful to the guide who explained so passionately while moving around the places.
The best thing was that I was able to make Japanese friends and that I can be in touch with them till now. I was pleased to make a promise to meet again.
I am glad that I went to exchange studying abroad in Japan this year, and I was able to have a variety of useful experiences.
I would like to do jobs related to Japan from now on.