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November 29, 2012

Local Voices from Around the Globe: Respect is among the top things loved about Japan

So, to start, the wedding was amazing! The bride was stunning; she wore a traditional white wedding gown, but after the ceremony switched a multicolored flower wedding gown. 

My last host family was relatives of the groom, so before the wedding we went to the grooms’ house where I met most of the family. They were as nice and welcoming as most Japanese are. It was a great time. I didn’t know what to expect, so I enjoyed myself. The differences were the wedding ceremony was extremely short, but the after “party” was a good length with lots of good food. However, the “party” included no dancing! It was fun none the less.

So the day after I was switching host families. I was nervous, excited and sad. I soon found out how much I love my second family within the first couple of days. They are amazing. I have two host sisters, one who is 16 and in the same grade as I, and the other is 18 who is in her first year of college. 

I’ve become very close to my host sister who is my age. She is so sweet and has introduced me to a lot of her friends. The best part has been she introduced me to some of her guy friends that play soccer in the park next to the apartment building that we live in, and so now, I play soccer with them often. It tends to be at night when the air is nice, fresh and cool. I haven’t been this happy in a long time.

It has been getting cold, and everyone in my school has switched to their winter uniforms. School is going good. We went on a trip to a ballet and it was good, but when we left I was in utter astonishment that EVERYONE, the WHOLE SCHOOL was coming. We walked to where the ballet was and all I could see in front and behind me were the Kobe Yamate uniforms. I enjoyed the ballet a lot; the dancers did different dances from all over the world. 

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