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Anthony's Diary

FEB 12th, SUN

On my last day i woke up around 630 and went downstairs to pack my luggage. i was packing by myself for about 2 hours then everyone started coming downstairs to the kitchen. my mothers sister dropped off her daughter so she can go shopping with us. i packed my bags and made sure i had all my tickets and everything. we all got in the car and headed to miyazaki city about 2 hours away. in the car was me,my mom,dad,the twin brothers and the daugter. we stopped at a convient store and picked up some snacks. there was a guy with a harley and i took a picture on it. i was telling him that my dad had one too, but i dont think he understood me. we ate our snacks and we back on the road. we stopped and the mall called eon. a very huge mall. we shopped around for a while i was getting presents for my family and friends. we meet up with the school principle and mr odishiro, the schools english teacher. we then ate at a restunrant right across from the place we ate at when i frist arrived in japan. i dont know what it was but it looked like an omlet with bbq sauce and peices of octopus in it. it intimitaded me but i still ate it and turned out to be very good. after we ate we headed off to the airport. my family and freinds showed up. my favorite teacher came to! the music teacher. and she brought her friend. the principle and mr odishiro tagged along too. very nice of them. i got my stuff with the airport together and we all headed out to the security check. i said my goodbye to everyone. once again it was very hard becuase i cared for all of those people so fast and so much becuase they all shared a special experience with me. i went thorugh securtiy and from there on i was on my own. i was extremly nervous the enitre time but i just read and followed the intructions that the mncc members gave me. my flight back to tokyo was very nice i saw a huge mountain covered in snow and the sunet across the water looked very nice. i got to tokyo and was even more nervous becuase i had to take a bus back to the internation terminal. but i got it all right. once i got there i saw Katie sitting down we were both relieved and couldnt wait to share our expericence. we walked and looked aroung the stores in tokyo for about two hours and then meet up with Derek and Garrett. we ate a hamburger and once of the eating joints. but ashlyn was missing becuase she was supposed to be with us. we called the mncc number. we were very worried about ashlyn. he told us just to go thorugh secerity so we did and there she was laying down on one of the benches. we continued to do our last shopping in japan. i had a layover in japan for about 6 hours. it went by so fast though becuase we were all talking about our amazing experiecnes. i slept most of the flight back to california. once we got to L.A. we got our tickets for our next flight and ate a chili dog! so delicious. but us kids were still bowing and say arigato to people becuase we got used to it, they were looking at us weird. ashlyn and derek left first and we said our goodbyes and the rest were still together we arrived to san francisco around 9. but like in japan,our bodies were exhauseted but our minds were ready to start telling everyone how it was!

FEB 11th, SAT

Today i woke up around 8. i went downstair to eat my breakfast. today i had rice cakes with my parents. i hurryed up and finished it because some of my other family memebers were outside waiting to take pictures. i went outside my find the moms brother,sons and the dads parents already posing for the camera. i jumped in and took some pictures with them. me and the mom then went inside and got ready for a trip we were about to take. we drove to her brothers house about 10 minutes from the town we were in. i love driving about because it seems like every road is a scienic route. the landscape is so beautiful everywhere you go. once we got there it was a very big traditional japanese house. he showed me around the house and he showed me how to pray to there ancestors. you have to light an incent on fire then blow it out, put it in sand, ring a bell 3 times then get on your knees and pray. after that we went to the table to eat. it was very good. soup rice and some little snacks. i was talking to the family for a bit. he lives with his mother which is so very nice i liked her. they called their friend over who is a great speaker in english. once she came over we talked alot then it was time to go. we must have been there for about an hour an a half. me and the mom went back home picked up the little twins and took a field trip. we drove all the way up to the top of the mountains. it was such a nice day. you could see the whole town in the distance. after that we drove to the local shrine. we went to the muesum and feed coy fish after. then we went to the moms friends house because she has a farm with a whole bunch of cows. in japan they say mowwws.. in america we say mooooo. diffrent. we stayed there for about 45 minutes. we went back to the house and me,shunta,ibuki,and tiaga got ready to go to the hotsprings again. very relaxing again. this time i sat in the one outside to look at the mountains. we got out and headed towards the front desk and people were noticing me because i was in the local news papaer. that was nice. i had a little article about me.we went home and the sisters family came over and we talked for a long time. me and the husband started singing songs together, he love to sing. they were their for about 3 hours. once they left i went to sleep right after. 

FEB 10th, FRI

Today i woke up a little late. i went downstairs and ate my breakfast, rice and tea. i wasnt that hungary today. i put on my uniform as usual but today the mother handed me a lunch box. because we were going to a ceremony during school today. me and shunta began walking to school. he left his bike a school yesterday becuase we went to the observatory. once we got there my first class was english with the 8th graders. i tried explain a subject but i made it a lot more confusing that it need to be. so i stop and just helped out the kids instead. my next class was with the 4th graders. we did a lot of activities, so much fun. my next class was with the 5th graders. but i skipped ahead a class because they messed up on my schedule. i went to my calligraphy class. i love that class its a lot of fun!. i always wanted to learn how to write like that. today we were practicing the word "dream". then i went to the 5th graders class i also did alot of acticites in that class to. the american teacher chirs gave me a going away present it was japanese movie poster but of american movies. he gave me a lot i thanked him a lot.. after that us 8th graders got on the bus. i went to the class room real quick to grab my gym shoes and my lunch box. we all got on and proceed toward the location where the ceremony was going to be held. it was about an hour drive. the class began singing the class song. it was so amazing becuase i was watch the sunset as they were singing the song. once we got there we ate our lunch and got ready to go to a different room. two other schools showed up and the ceremony started. all the classes said there what they wanted to do in the future one by one. then a women in a kimono and an instrument came in and started playing she was talking to the kids for a long time and making everybody laugh. once she was done we took pictures with her and got in the bus to go back. once we got back the 8th graders said there most memorable moments with me one by one. then i gave a long speach. it was very hard becuase i love this class they hepled me out with so much. and i bonded with everyone in the class. i felt as if i was part of the class. it was very very heartbraking. they gave me a couple going away presents. all of them were so nice and wonderful. we then walked home and got invited to a bbq a couple houses down. everything they presented was so good. and then a noodle truck was on our street and that was the most craziest thing i have ever seen! we ordered a couple bowls of noodles and they were so good. i have never in my life ever though they would have a noodle truck. after that me shunta, tiaga, and ibuki went home and hungout for a bit then fell asleep 

FEB 9th, THU

Today i woke up around 6:30. i went downstairs to eat breakfast, i had rice, eggs, and tea. i put on my uniform and was getting my pack back ready and the mom was recording me doing my daily morning routine.it was really freezing this morning so i dressed extra warm, once i got to school i wrote in my personal journal. we get to school about an hour before actual class starts. right before class starts a teacher comes in and takes checks if the students are there. she names us all one by one and when she calls our name we say "hi yanki des" i think it means here. they only take attendants one time a day. very diffrent in america they take it about every hour.my first class was english with the 8th graders. but this time instead of going to a different class room with half of the students, i stayed in the class and stayed with the other half. i helped the teacher and the students. my next class was p.e. we played basket ball, we did our stretches and played a couple games. the music teacher came in and took pictures of me. once class was over we went back to our class room and changed back into our school uniform. next was math class. i mostly wrote in my journal. my next was science. lunch was next and today i ate with the 9th graders i have never done that. they were really funny and said i was a slow eater, which i am. we brushed our teeth. then was free time and today a teacher wanted to show me how to make japanese cotton candy. at first it was me the teacher and a couple people. then a whole bunch of people started showing up. i would later find out why. the way they made it was by attaching a big metal can to a spinner and pouring sugar into the can. they lighted a fire and begun spinning the can over the fire it started to look like smoke coming out of it but it was cotton candy, so we grabbed our chop sticks and put them next to the can a before you know it they candy was all over the chop stick. now i know why their was so many people. my next class started and we all went to the gym and performed some type of ceremony. we played a game called fruit basket after. its kinda like musical chairs but a lot more intense. the class laughed at me because i missed the chair and fell on the ground. we played dodge ball after. we went back upstairs and changed back into our school uniforms and social studies class started. i changed once again and went outside to the yard to do my laps with my friends kango, jun and futa. the host dad came and said we were going to an observatory!. i went to my music class and played a japans guitar for a bit. then my music class handed me a going away present. they all wrote somthing in English. it was so nice i love it!. i said goodbye to my music class. it was hard because i shared so many memories with them. i went downstairs and went to meet up with my brother. me and shunta began walking home and we bumped into the mother and her brother on the way. we got into their car and began drving up the mountain to the observatory. it was a very windy road and i got car sick. once we got up to the top of the mountain it was so beautiful. so many stars and the observatory was light by a dim red light, it looks very cool. we went inside and the astronomer showed us many nice things!. i really enjoyed it. we left back home and i once again got car sick. i took a bath then ate dinner and went to bed 

FEB 8th, WED

Today me and shunta woke up at 615 and packed our things and went downstiars to eat breakfast. I ate everything and went back upstiars to grab my things. after that we went back to the house, I got ready but not in time because my friends came over and I wasnft completely ready. so they left. once I got ready I walked to the hotel I just came from. the owners wanted to take pictures of me in my uniform. then I waked to my school by myself. once I got to school I said ohio-go-si-mas to all my friends. then I just wrote in my journal till class started. my first period was english with the 8th graders. we did some activites like read paragraphs and answers questions. my next class was English conversations with the 7th graders. that was fun, I really like that class. I introduced my self because I havnt really spent a whole day in that class. we did some projects, like asking questions like what time do you get up?, what time do you do your homework and so on.. my next was 8th grade science, they were just taking notes so I finished up my journal. my fourth period was 6th grade science. we all did this experiment were we all get a little generator and light bulbs and I have to see how long the light bulb can stay on. I love those kids they`re really crazy, after that I had the same students put the class was english conversations. me and the american teacher chris asked them gwhat do you want to be in the futureh. then we played a game where they stand in a 3 lines and im in the back of the class and they race by asking each other what they want to be in the future. then they run to me!. next was lunch and I get my lunch downstiars in the teachers room. my good friend futa carries it for me. he is very nice. I spend a lot of time with him. we ate lunch brushed our teeth and went to the yard to play soccer. it rained the day before so the yard was very muddy. the american teacher, chris, as playing too he was unlucky and fell in the mud! it looked very crazy to!. I was super freezing. it was early day. but I stil had all my clubs to go to. first was running then was music club. I started practicing my song on piano. I did that for about 30 min then I went down staires to meet my bother because we were going to an observatory. but it was very cloudy so I went back to music class. before we start singing, I say the song in english and the kids repeat after me. the we sing the song how its supposed to. we sing japanese songs to. but I donft know it so the teacher has to write it in romagi for me, otherwise I try to copy the sounds that the kids make. it comes out alright. the teacher gave me a flute as a present!! I thanked her a lot. I tried to play it but I couldnt , she said that was my homework. after me and shunta walked home. ate dinner, japanese potsticker, rice, fried sushi.

FEB 7th, TUE

This morning we both didnft want to get up. we went downstairs ate breakfast. very scrumchious! we didnft leave the hotel till 7:20! that the time we should be going to school. so we rushed back and got ready for school very quick. I said goodmorning to all my friends. I know there names now. there I like an hour before class starts, I used tht time to write in my journal. socail studies was first. I mostly wrote in my journal. itfs a bummer now because now I finally got used to thing and remember thing and I have to leave in a couple of days. my next class was japanese class. after japanes class was science we did some expiremtns, they let me do a lot of it and the result was yellow smoke and a stintch that smelt like rotton eggs. after was my artiemtic class with the 6th graders, I really like thoses kids, there very crazy. after lunch we did our routine and I played soccer with the kids outside. afterwards was my homekeeping class. they go over there answers and sing a song for the teacher. after I changed into my school unifmon and we ran outside. and went to music class. after me and shunta walked home. we packed ours stuff and went back to the hotel. we showered and went downstaires for dinner. very great food again. seems like evreything here in japan is so good. the ownere said I am welcome to come back to the hotel anytime. and I am most definalty planning to. we walked for a long time and I showed them my home on google maps. 

FEB 6th, MON

This morning the alarm clock went off at 6 but me and shunta did not get up till about 6:10. the hotel phone rang and shunta told me to get it but I donft even speak japanese! hes very crazy. we then packed our bags and headed downstairs. we sat down to eat breakfast, the mother was serving us. she wouldnft stop!! she kept bringing more stuff, im surprised I ate everything. it hepled that everything was so good. we left the hotel at 645 to go back home to get reaedy for school. I took out my stuff and put in my school supplies and put on my school uniform today. a couple teachers noticed that I was me. my first class was arthemetic reasoning with the 6th grader. before class we went to the gym and shouted ohio-go-si-mas a couple of times. my next class was with the 3rd graders, that was very fun I particpeated atlot. my next was 7th grade english. I went to my class and no one was there, was I walked around till I found a teacher we talked a bit. she was really surprised I had a uniform on and she really liked it. she walked me back to my class and told me just to sit and wait, they will come. the students the showed up and they were surprised to see me because I hant been in that class yet. me and about 7 other students then walked to another class for english. I hepled the teacher out and particapted.a couple of girls brought my backpsck for me because I left it in the other class. I told her I went to takachiho and she was very happy for me. my next class was art class. the students were making clay sculputes so the teacher gave me an origami book. and I made a samuiri hat,penguin, and the famous swan. the said I can have it! I was very happy. I said domo-arigato-go-si-mas to him. after was lunch I proceeded downstairs to get my lunch the teachers were very astonished to see me in the uniform as complimented me. I really donft know what the school lunch was today, but it was very good and I ate all of it. after lunch we brushed our teeth and I hunout with my friends after. one of my friends named keisuke knows magic tricks so he showed me a couple and the american teacher did some too, I just watched. after was time to clean the school me chris and shunta cleaned one room.. my next class was with the second graders and they were so adorable. I particapeted alot . I introduced my self and we played a lot of games. there was some other people taking pictures of me. after class one of the guys asked me to follow him. we went to the principles office and he he introduced himself. I was with the newspaper. he interviewed me, asked questions and said I should be in the news paper shortly. after that I had to go to my class, it was social studyies I donft understand it. I just wrote in my journal. one of the students and teacher mistaked me for one of the students because I was wearing m uniform and my face mask. after was p.e but it was raining so we ran up and down the staires many times. music class was next. the teacher gave me the electic piano and notes and asked me to play along. I sang with the too. I like that class aot. the music teacher drove me home after because it was pouring!. she is my favorite teacher! her name is Ms. Hirata. I got home ten shunta came in right after me. we packed our things and headed to the hotel to spend the night. but then I relized I forgot my undies! so I had to run back home!. once I got back I showered and went downstairs to eat dinner. very good and plently like always. we played some bored games after then went to sleep

FEB 5th, SUN

on sunday the 5th my family let me sleep in for a bit. I woke up at 9 to start writing in my journal but then I feel back asleep and I didnft wake up till around 10:00! very late. after that I went downstair`s and ate some rice cakes. they were very very good! I had seconds. then me,shunta and the dad got ready and walked to the local hotel down the street. it is a traditional japanese hotel, everything is very nice with the sliding doors, all wood, no beds,sitting on the floor while eating. and the outside deck is next tomany trees and big rocks looks very nice when it was raining. once we settled down the friends parents gave me coffee and dried fruit. we talked for a while and they told me they have been to fresno, I told them that was about an hour away from my house they were very surprised on how close that was. after that we all went to the kitchen and me a shunta made japanese noodles and tofo from sratch very fun! first we mixed the flour and water and stretched it out till it got very thin, then we cut it to little noodles. after we were done they cooked it for a bit and me an shunta got a fresh sample! that was delicious. then the parents and a friend came in the kitchen and we gave them a bowl to try. hey all like it and couldnft believe that it was my first time making it because they were so good. we then tired another bowl with fired onions and carrorts that was even better. the owners of the hotel, which are very good friends with my host family, asked us if we wanted to spend the night. so we went home to pack our clothes and our things. we went back to the hotel, showered and went downstairs to eat dinner. dinner was so delicious are the mother keep giving us good and I was surprised I ate everything, but it was probaly because it was soo good. we talked for about 2 hours. I like them a lot they are very funny. we also played a couple japanese bored games

FEB 4th, SAT

On febuary 4 I woke up and eat breakfast, rice and eggs. we were supposed to be out of the house my 8:30 but thatfs the time we all woke up, so we were in a hurry. we left the house at 9:30 and were on our way to takachiho. on our way we crossed many bridges and one of them stood out the most because it was the biggest. we stopped at a little store by it and walked half way across the brigde the scenery was amazing. we then walked to the store and picked up some snacks. they bought some paste made food and 4 hugmongous fortune cookies they were both were delicious. after we many many quick stops on the way. the entire way was a scienic route. once we got to takachiho the scenes got even more stunning. we drove down the mountain to the gorge. once we got there we got out of the car stretched because it was about a 2 hour drive we made our way down the staires. their was a waterfall that was frozen and looks very awsome. me, shunta, and my other brother taiga got into a boat, and the dad and friend entered another boat. it has been my dream to see this, but now im not only going to see it, im going to paddle at boat through it. they had me paddle the boat it was hard because that was my first time. I crashed into another boat, then I kinda of got the hang of it. the scenery was unremarkable!, breathtaking. I paddled next to one of the most wonderful waterfalls in Japan they stated. thir was plenty of other waterfalls too. the water was kinda of a bright blue you couldnft see through it but it looked amazing, because it was so bright. there was a big bridge across the gorge to. once that was over we walked to a little town and across the bridge, to 4 other ponds. one of those ponds. the biggest one had a bridge across it and filled with coy fish. then we proceed down some staires and got a spectactular few of the gorge I paddled through. to all my viewers check it out! its called takachiho gorge and see what I paddled through. we then went to eat after I had rice,beef,soup, and tea. a lot of people wear nike`s around Japan. we got back into the car and drove to an ancient shrine, that was amazing. their was a water fountain that you have to rinse your had in; first left hand then the right and then you gargle . they also had those big dogs too in front. once we got to the the top of the staire there was the shrine and other buildings. we step to the shrine threw a coin, bowed, claped two times the bowed again. after that I bought a key chain thing and got a fortune. it was good and then I tired it to a rope, everyone does it. we walked down the staires and had a long drive again too a mountain the had a temple on top the had different statues point to the north, west, south and east. then we dorve to a mall call eon in hyuaga town. very nice. we drove to a sushi resturant that had one of those belts that bring the food to you. I only had three plates, my last was one a plate of pineapple. by the time we got out it was already dark and I was looking at all the lights around the stores. once we got home I relaxed took a bath chilled out played games with my little bro and went to sleep

FEB 3rd,  FRI

Today I woke up not so hungary again but I still ate my rice and drank my tea. it was extremely cold today, I got dressed packed my bag, brushed my teeth and left for school. I left kinda of late today so me and my little brothers had to run. I know my way around the school now. first was english and the students were asking me questions. then was a class were I participate with the fourth graders, my friend chris is the teachers assistant. I introduced my self to the class by saying my name and my favorite animal, I think everybody knows that im from america by now so I have to say something else to spice it up. I helped out with the class and the kids were practing how to say phrases in english and they were asking me for example; how are you today?. the kids are very smart. today was a tradition were they throw out the bad and bring in the goods. so today during that class the teacher put a demon mask up and surprised me and the kids, but we were prepared! we threw peanuts at the teacher. metaphorically throwing out the bad then I threw the rest of the peanuts and chocolate, I wanted to eat it but I remembered that there is no eating in the class room. but it smelt so good! after that was my science class but I just wrote in my journal all period. then was homegoods class, it wasnft what I expected. I talked to the teacher and she said she has been to america 1 time and been to 3 different place, she named San Franciso, Los Angeles, and fresno. I told her that fresno was about an hour away from my house, she got very loud after but im pretty sure that she was surprised on how close that was to my house. lunch was after, I pick up my lunch at the teachers room. I always tell the lunch lady how good the food is and every time I see her I say lunchlady! and she laughs. I brushed my teeth and hangout with my friends after. my host dad came to pick me up to take me to a Japanese battleship. it was in huaga town, once we got there I was astonished on how big the ship is. we boarded the ship and I started take pictures, then we went downstairs and we put on a Japanese sailor uniform and took some pictures. after that we went to the most beautiful place ever!. I was in the high mountains but we had to hike down and it was amazing. I really cant explain it but thatfs what i've been wanting to see. simply beautiful. it was near the ocean. we drove to another place it was big rocks that form an gXh shape. then we went to a big electonic store and that was something different just like in the movies. we then left to a grocery store that oneside had grocerys and the other side and clothes. we came home and I took Japanese bath and ate dinner

FEB 2ND, THU

Today I woke up at 6:20 and walked to the kitchen and said ohio-go-si-mas, means good morning. I only ate rice because I wasn't that hungry today. I brushed my teeth and got my backpack ready for school. then I got dressed, I left the house around 6:20 with my little brothers. I like walking to school because it wakes me up. once I got to school I kinda do everything on my own now, I got the hang of things. first was English and the teacher passed out a work sheet with options, and the class had to guess mine. I stood up and told the class my options and if they got it right they got a star. then the class asked me questions. I help out the teacher a bit with her class. then was health class but we skipped it and played basketball instead. so we all changed into our gym uniforms and proceeded downstairs, you have to change to gym shoes also. we all warmed up by running the practicing shooting hoops and little exercises. we also played a couple quick games. then we had to go back to the class room and change to school clothes. it was math but I just wrote in my journal since I donft understand what the teacher is saying. the class all mediates before each class. after math class I had science once again I wrote in my journal, the teachers give me worksheets but I have no idea what they are saying. then we had lunch, they play music while the students pass out lunch. I was told to go downstairs and pick up my lunch from the teachers room. every lunch here is very delious, lots of rice. I brushed my teeth and spent most of my free time talking to kengo, an mncc member. he said students are very shy and now it makes since. finally remember my friends names now; Jun, Koga, Sena, Hijamshi. the rest I can't remember yet. I left my next class to go to a calligraphy class, Japanese writing. they had to set it up first so they took me to the cooking room, the cooks started giving me food to try and all of it was fantastic!. after about 5 minutes my class was ready and my teacher was the school nurse. its diffitcult but I think I can get the hang of it. it was about a 30 minutes class and I had lots of fun learning it. then I went upstairs to change into my unifrom for running. it started snowing a bit once we got outside, it was very cold. we did our stretches and started running. I hangout with the school baseball team today. they said I was very fast. we did some tire pulls and I feel really hard!! but I was okay. we played soccer then we went home shunta had was in a hurry to go home so I ran. once I got home I took a Japanese bath a fixed my luggage and eat dinner

FEB 1ST, Wed

Today I woke up at 6:30 for school again. for breakfast I had rice, soup, and green tea. I left to school at 7:15 with my little brother, the nine years old. it was about a 5 minute walk but lots to see the whole way. it wasnft too cold this morning just very windy. I haven't felt my get lag yet, and hopefully I didnft just jinx it. I arrived to school on time and I have the shoe changing thing down. I had science class first, then social studies then math. math is very difficult cause I donft understand the language or the numbers so the math teacher sent the whole class to play dodge ball that was very fun. after that I had a English class then lunch time. every day the students serve other students. the school lunches are very delicious. I meet an American teacher today. he teaches English. he helped me out a lot he walked me though the whole school giving me tips and explaining his self. he made me feel not so lonely here in Japan. we talked for about 45 minutes. after lunch we brush our teeth at school and I brought my tooth brush today. they only use tooth paste at home, not at school. then I had another English class and a homeroom after that class the entire school is given mouth wash and there is a person telling how to do it over the loud speaker. for example gargle on the left side... gargle on the right side and gargle all over. the spit into cup. there is a sink right outside of the class. after that the class sings a song for the teacher, everyday. then school was over. after that I had sports class I played soccer with lots of students and the American teacher. I had to rush back to school to get to my music class I helped set up the class room and then I teacher and chris, the American teacher showed up. I began to sing songs. I had to be at the house at 5:00 but I left school at 5:00! so me and my brother had to run home, well at least I did, he rode his bike!. I was running in my school uniform. once I got home I packed my bag and the dad and brother took me to a onnsenn. which is a spa you have to compeltly undress and shower in front of lots of people then relax in side a natural heated hot spring. it was very nice. they had one inside and one outside to look at the mountains. I went into both then i went into a heating room. then we left .I had some delicious peach juice. then we came home and we ate Japanese bbq, very different but good.

JAN 31ST,    TUE

Today was my first day of school, I was nervous about how everybody was going to treat me. As soon as I got to school I was being greeted by students and teachers very kindly. We had to take off our shoes and put on slippers to enter the school. I was later escorted to the principles office then they took me to me to the gym, we also had to switch to gym shoes but today was an exception for me. the students and teachers put on a show, that is what it at least looked like. after about 10 minutes into the assembly they asked me to speak to the entire students and staff. I introduced myself, I said Anthony Desu, o yolsh she koo o ne guy she mas, California kada key masta. I also said that I am from America I am 18 and I am very interested in japanese culture. after that they bowed to the school principle. then I went to my first class, Japanese I didnft really understand anything but the entire class introduced them self to me. Japanese class was very interesting. my next class was English. Finally something I understand!. I became the teacher after awhile. my next class was math. that one was hard because I didnft understand Japanese language or the numbers. they had to call in a translator for me. it helped but it took awhile for me. my next class was to participate in kindergarten class but me and my friend couldnft find the teacher so he showed me around the school. very big, sliding doors, hardwood floor, cold no heater, two three stories, about one hundred students. it starts from first grade to 8 grade. we still had time to spare so we entered into a class about what are you students going to do after high school, and what some essential things are you going to need. after that class was another English glass with 7 graders. I was more became the teacher. every class introduced there selfs very kindly and asked me questions. after that was lunch. they serve it in the class rooms they have people in gounds and face mask serving it.. it was very good food I ate with the principle. after that we walked out and it was free time for 45 mintues. they were playing music over the speaker. I made some friends and I quickly doubled I had a whole pack behind me after a while. after that I had a class one more class but im not sure what it was. after every class they put on a little show in honor of respecting the teacher. after school my friend gave me P.E. clothes and we starting running, heading towards the mountains. I had to run fast othewise I was going to miss my music class. I put on a show for the students on paino and they were fascinated. they asked me to sing American songs. I sang take me out to the ball game. they liked my singing and asked to sing along to some japans songs. after that I meet up with my Japanese brother and we walked home. it was a very interesting walk. we got home and I took a Japanese bath and eat dinner very delicious.

JAN 30TH, MON

Today is Monday Jan 30, 2012 and it is my first day with my host family. My flight to miyazaki I was very nervous about meeting my host mother. I made a good friend on my flight to miyazaki her name was Yoshiko we couldnft really speak to each other that well but we managed to figure out our names. Once I landed I got really nervous because I didnft know where they would be, I exited the terminal and headed down stares to the luggage check. I grabbed my bags and head towards outside. I then seen 3 people greeting me so I assumed it was my family. I proceeded towards them and they gave me their names.Masue, My host Mother, Kengo an MNCC Member and Takefumi the school principle. We began talking a bit and worked our way to the car. we drove to a mall in Miyazaki, the biggest one I've been told and I believe because it was huge!. they asked what I wanted to eat and I said what do you recommend, so they took me to eat Ramon, it is noodles with a type a meat and sesame seeds. the noodles were very delicious. we then began to head towards my home where ill be staying in Misato town. as we were proceeding towards the home they stopped at a shrine and it was the mostgorgeous place I have ever seen they had ponds with coy fish in them as statues everywhere. I tosses 10 yen in a hole in exchange for a fortune, I'm not sure what it said exactly what it said but they said it was good fortune. after that we continued our trip to the house. once we got here they showed me everything I talked to other family members and gave out some gifts to the kids and the mother. Now were are going to eat and ill tell you about it tomorrow so check it out!

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