When I came to Japan for the first time, I was taken aback how Japan manages to preserve such beautiful nature as well as developing its economy and technology so well. Then, I discover it is the Japanese awareness of how to protect their environment that helps Japan do so. In last July Sakura Exchange Program, we had a chance to visit Shimabara Geopark, where, according to the guide, the Japanese preserved post-eruption remnants to remind their successors of the importance of disaster defense. I feel that my country and I too, still have many things to learn from Japan.
Living in a tropical country, I do not have any chance to see all 4 seasons. Luckily, I have been to Japan to experience spring with “sakura”-cherry blossom,
and Summer with orchestras of crickets,
And cool cool streams of water.
I would like to experience autumn with yellow ginko leaves and winter with white snow too. At the moment, I will just read my favorite picture book “Imagining Japan” by James M. Vardaman. This book provides detailed information about every parts of Japan with lively pictures.
In my 2 trips to Japan as well as various Japan-Vietnam students exchanges at my school, I made some observance of its people. In my opinion, the Japanese is a little bit quiet and reserved, but they are very energetic, dedicated and responsible. . Sometimes, I relate Japanese people to “taiyaki”. Their inner self is deep with many layers of emotions and thoughts, which makes famous writers like Dazai Ozamu ( my favorite) or Haruki Murakami.
- Manga and anime:This is probably one of the most famous industries of Japan. Actually, I have learned a lot about Japan via anime and manga( cuisine, traditions, festivals and some basic words and sentences). This source of entertainment also gives me a lot of stamina and motivation when I encounter hardship with well-structured and meaningful manga and anime.
I am fortunate enough to spend a fair amount of time exposing myself to Japanese culture and people. My first trip to Japan is a family trip, mainly including “been here, done that” sight-seeing activities. Although in the first trip, I had already impressed by Japan’s beauty, elegance and development, not until the second trip-Sakura Exchange that I could really have a more complete view of Japan and create precious memories with the people here.
In 2014, I went across an ice-skating video, featuring Hanyu Yuzuru competing in Grand Prix Cup of China. He was heavily injured but still determined to complete his free-skating program, with blood and tears shed. That image of him made him my idol and motivation, and I have started watching his performances since then.
Knowing and being capable of exploring Japan is a blessing to me. This country always gives me a very heart-warming and familiarly comfortable feelings whenever I think of it.
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Most of the photos here ( except for Hanyu Yuzuru' photos I saved from Twitter) are taken and edited by me. Photos taken from the Internet have their links at the caption.
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