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The day started well with the promise of good weather to come as I met up with the other students and teachers from Showa Women’s University for the trip to Mount Takao. For the majority, I knew most of the students attending and those I didn’t offered friendly smiles and greetings. Being surprisingly close to Tokyo it took us only a short amount of time to reach our destination.
For me, the whole concept of overseas exchange is to experience and learn about a different culture and this trip was a terrific opportunity for that. Mount Takao is not only a place of breathtakingly beautiful scenery, but it is also culturally and historical rich with the presence of various temples along the trails. As we hiked, red leaves were scattered throughout the trees with the beginning of autumn and I was thoroughly entertained by exploring the shrines and small shops along the mountain trails.
In addition, this trip to Mt Takao has certainly offered a fantastic opportunity to make new friendships and further strengthen existing ones with my classmates. Granted, many of the students I knew but the change in scenery offered a great chance to engage with people outside of the classroom. As we walked and even as we sat together for lunch, I found myself connecting not only with the students, but also the teachers. Everyone was so friendly and even though my language proficiency is not perfect, talking with the other students in Japanese inspired confidence and a sense of accomplishment. The students and teachers at Showa Women’s university encourage a sense of community and belonging and I look forward to future trips during my time here in Japan!
Thank you,Laura 😉