After coming back to our daily lives, going to school, being able to understand what people say on the street, living according to western cultures, and eating “normal” food, I now realize how amazing was our two week experience on Japan. Having a time off from classes and homework feels nice, but witness in a country with complete different values on the other side of the world is indescribable. It was one of my best high school experiences, and I will take the knowledge I got from it for the rest of my life.
It was more than just doing our project on finding sustainable environment traits around our tour, there I was able to see in first hand how people act in everyday lives as well as tasting their delicious food everyday, sometimes even too much. Different from any kind of people I saw before, the Japanese are polite and respectful, for someone who came from Brazil, where people are more agitated, the difference is clear. My final project couldn’t reflect my entire experience, what I felt can’t be summarized on a video that talks about sustainability, so we made it wider, showed what walking around felt like.
I noticed how clean the streets are, even though there are barely any trash cans around, or how when you finally find trash can they are for recycling only. Never before I have seen people respect their public areas so much.
From riding the bullet train to watching sumo wrestling on TV, I was able to feel a bit of how Japanese life works, and I can’t thank my fellow students, and mostly the teachers: Mami, Levi and Kerrie, enough. This was an amazing trip and it wouldn’t have been the same without any of them.
Miguel L. Monori