Wednesday, August 31, 2016

As I Set Out on This Journey... (Millie Fan)

As I set out on this journey, everything is going to be new and full of adventure. I hope I can learn a lot from this small university – AIU. Comparing with other exchange students who also go to japan, I feel that I am the lucky one. I don’t need to worry so much about my journey, I had been to Japan for several times and it’s near my hometown China. However, the biggest important thing – language still challenging me and make me awkward.

With the help of my best friend, I decided to go to Japan early for travelling. On the one hand, it increased my familiarity of this country. On the other hand, I would like to go to the big cities first to experience the different life which is differing from Akita. That’s where I am coming from, big cities in Japan, waiting to see an entirely different world in Akita. 
Ginza, Tokyo. Photo by Xiyi Fan
I went to Tokyo first to see the most busy and gorgeous place – Ginza. I was dazzled by the sights and high-rise building in the District. As other big cities’ look, Ginza is full of fashionable breath; this big circle in Tokyo already has became almost every tourists’ heaven.

When I left Tokyo to Osaka, I felt great differences between these two cities. Osaka is also one of the biggest cities in Japan but strangely I didn’t feel any pressure here. People would not walk so fast; the food is cheaper here; even you do not have to push people into the subways. In addition, there exits a lot of scenic spots and historical sites.
Osaka-jo, Osaka. Photo by Xiyi Fan
Fortunately, I also got one day off to go to the Nara by myself. (My friend needed shopping). Nara is a small city with thousands of cute animals – deer! You can see them almost everywhere and they have little fear of humans. This is the place where people and animals can get along with each other.
Nara Deer
Many friends in Japan told me that they think Akita is in remote regions. But this is a reason why I choose Akita. If you real want to involve into local environment, the small town always are the best choice. I am so glad I already went to so many cities in Japan to experience different cultures. I am going to Akita, a small small town with both international students and local students. I hope I can learn a different world which full of various individuals. 


Hannah said...

I only saw Osaka-jo briefly from a train to Namba but it looks amazing in person!

Emma said...

I also went to Nara! I had a lot of fun seeing the deer and just taking a break from the big city. I'm really interested in what you think of Akita. I really didn't want to go to a small town (Beloit is way too small for me) but there are moments when I'm in Tokyo that I wish for a more remote location.