Family life in japan is much different from u.s.. at a young age, children ride the trains by themselves to school. most mothers are homemakers while the father works to provide for the family. in u.s., we are taught since young to never walk by ourselves or stray away from a trusted adult. most mothers in u.s. work to provide for the family, as well as the fathers.
speaking of trains, i noticed that in japan, they use trains a lot. in the u.s., we rely mainly on cars, more than any other form of transportation. i also noticed that convenience stores are relied on heavily by the japanese. there are a wide variety of snacks and meals to choose from. the food is fresh and inexpensive. whereas in the u.s. most people don’t use convenience stores because the quality of food and products ain’t good.
while i was staying with my host family in sodegaura, my exchange partner, kae sakoyama (@summer_love0824
), brought me out to various places such as tokyo, kyoto and mount fuji to experience japan. i’m fortunate to experience the light fixtures at teamlab borderless museum, the hype and vibes at harajuku and shibuya, the amazing sights at nara prefecture, the funs at disney sea, and the beauty of donning the traditional kimono. and i’ll never forget the excitement at the owl café.
before coming back home, the host family surprised me with a photo album, filled with pictures taken throughout the trip. this wondrous memory will sit with me forever.
exchange participant: katie liana chandler
hosting family: the sakoyama family
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