Time has flown by! We are about half of the way done with the trip. Our plan today was to clean the house by 9:30 and leave about 10:00. The cleaning went as planned and we left on time for the train. Of course we had the “One thing goes wrong” streak continue and we got on the wrong train. But it didn’t mess with our plans thankfully! We boarded the correct train and headed to Kyoto Sangyo University. Upon arriving we were greeted by the English teacher there at the school, Nanba Sensei and two other students named Takeru and Ryuji. After Bellini Sensei handed them the omiyage she brought in order to thank them for their time, we all headed up to the cafeteria.
The food tasted delicious! We all conversed with the college students until it was time to have a tour of the school and it’s highlights. The school had a pond that was built especially for the biology majors to study at. Also the school had its own observatory and telescope. It’s known for having the largest college owned telescope in Japan.
After the tour we went to one of the classrooms and all sat down. The students gave us a number (1-4) and we split into our groups depending on our numbers. We were told beforehand to prepare a brief presentation on our families or friends in Japanese. Each of us found and showed pictures and told about each person. I am sure that most of us were stressed about presenting, but it all was fun in the end:)
The college students prepared a presentation on their hometown and/or name meaning. Each of the characters in their names had a different meaning. It was really cool to see how each of their names were chosen for them by their parents. It almost made me jealous that I don’t have characters like that! Afterwards, however, my wish came true. The students helped us pick out kanji that represented our names:
Aaron: Love Dragon
Jacob: Cherish Flourish Tiger Man
Brandon: Samarai Turbulance/Violent Castle
Maddison: Dance Garden Respect
Carden: Flower Shogun
Annie: Love Feelings
Shandon: 100,000,000% Lit Universal Existence
Tyler: Many Good Funs (having fun in the garden)
Jackson: Long Lasting Youth
Afterwards we all exchanged social media and thanked them for all their hard work! We all had a fun time and made some new friends along the way.