Maiko's Happy Days

Tuesday, August 15, 2006

Last day


Yesterday was a county agricultural fair day. We took train and bus for long time. The place was so far but so interesting. There is not such fair in Japan. We have some festival in Japanese “OMATSURI”, but that is not joining agriculture and amusement grounds.

We had a very good time there. That place was the last one we visited to in America…


Today is the last day of staying Maryland. These two weeks were so interesting and precious time for me.

This is the first time to come to America, so I was very nervous before I come here. But I could see Nina, Kevin, Laura, Tim, Ji Won and many friends. They are all so kind and gave me a lot of ideas for many things. I am happy to see you.

I have a dream. My dream needs some English skills. So I want to improve my English skill. I realized again my speaking English is not good enough. Therefore, I returned to Japan, I do try to study English more.

When I come to America again, I want to come here!!
I will continue this blog in Japan. I will try to write English blog.

Thanks a lot.

I love Maryland. I love America and I love…

Monday, August 14, 2006

Walking and shopping

On Friday afternoon, we went to the Prange collection in UM. The place is that many materials which were inspected in postwar. Many precious papers are there. In Japan, 15, august is the anniversary of the end of a war. So I think about it during I listened to the explanation of the Prange collection.
After, we went to the Georgetown. We did a shopping!!
I love shopping very much, so I was looking forward the time. But there are so many shops on the street. So I couldn’t see everything. But I spend exciting time there.

On Saturday, we did a walking tour of Annapolis and Severn River cruise. I like the sea, so I was very excited when I saw the sea!! The weather was very good, so the sea is so shinning. The town of Annapolis is nice port town. I like that atmosphere.

Yesterday, we went to the Mt. Vernon. The place has a lot of greenery. View from the mansion was so wonderful. I forgot time. We lay down on the grounds and napped a little. I didn’t want to leave the place. I liked it very much.

I spend full time on last weekends. Shopping and waling and visiting… I am not tired, so I want to be here more two weeks and visit more places!!

Friday, August 11, 2006

University of Maryland

We learned about the University of Maryland yesterday. We did a panel discussion. Six visitors talked us about American university and American university student life-dormitory, how they decide the course, sports activities and so on. I heard that American university is easy to enter college but it is difficult to graduate school very much. However I listened to their talk, I thought that is not true. During the university, American students do more study than Japanese do. We should follow them.

After that, we went to the college tour. Almost all the university I saw.
This college is so huge!!!! I can’t believe it in Japan. I like the football stadium the most. I want to watch the game in that place someday.

Thursday, August 10, 2006

NEIGHBORHOOD

Yesterday, I studied about a phonetics of “L” and “R” and a nation of immigrants. The pronunciations and the listening of L and R are so difficult for Japanese. But once I came to be able to use them properly, my English would be better, I think.
I study international communication on my university so I am interested in American immigrants. This country has many people from various countries. Our mentors are too. How they become one nation and how they communicate each other regardless of the difference countries and difference cultures are one of my interested thing. But Now, I don’t have any knowledge of American immigrants. Therefore, I want to come back here to study about this problem in the future.

After lunch, we went to the field trip to Chinatown and Adams Morgan. I was surprised that the Chinatown is small area! I thought the town was bigger. In Adams Morgan, I saw many Spanish. I am studying Spanish now, so I feel so excited. I got a newspaper in Spanish. I try to read it.

It has difference of the atmosphere from Washington D.C. I took picture many scenery of a row of houses and streets. The scenery looked like a post card. I like it!!


This night, I slept soundly…

Wednesday, August 09, 2006

I LOVE MY FAMILY

On Tuesday, we learned about “Family”.
At the class, Kevin taught us the difference between Japan and America of the preschool, the family problems. The most different point is that Japan has some group concepts and America has some individual one. This concept makes some differences of many problems of family. For example, divorce rate, by contraries how many times people get marry, the future of kids and so on. I like Americans’ concept. However, maybe I think many things like Japanese.

After lunch, we do the panel discussion. We asked mentors about families. The time was so fun because I wanted to learn those things in this trip. I wanted to ask them why the American families are so friendly. Japanese don’t express their feeling of love each other. I want to have a family like an American!!
Then we went to the shopping mall at the pentagon city. I like shopping very much. So I wanted to be there more. I bought some English books for me and for my friends.
Everyday is too, but yesterday is the most massive day!

Tuesday, August 08, 2006

Excited place

Yesterday, I woke up early because of the heavy rain. That was a sudden shower. I was very surprised the sound.
But soon, sun rose and the weather became so good!!

In the afternoon, we went to the Washington D.C. to go to the National Geographic Explorer’s hall and Washington post.
The Washington post was the place which I wanted to go!! So, I was so excited. We visited in the office and could see the work of the worker.
There was something tension. I like the atmosphere. The workers looked so cool. I spent very precious time there.
Today I will buy the Washington post newspaper.

Monday, August 07, 2006

Field trip

This weekend, I went many places in the Washington D.C.

On Saturday, we went to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, Korean War Memorial, Lincoln Memorial and World War Two Memorial in the morning. We went there by metro. At first to use metro, I was a bit nervous. But now, I become accustomed to use it.
The memorial of war made me feel so heart-rending. There were many peoples’ names which were killed by war. It is the real fact, though we don’t want to believe. After lunch, we went up to the Washington Monument. It is so wonderful building looking form far, but it is more fantastic to look in front of it. We can see the whole view of D.C. from the top of tower. The town of D.C. is so beautiful; the buildings, the vehicles,and the sky and so on. I love this town very much.

On sunday, we went to the two Museum which were National Museum of the American Indian and National Air and Space Museum. We learned there about the histroy of Indian and the airplanes' history. I was so excited. But my feet were crying.. I was so tired.
I learned many things in this weekend, and more I want to learn by the end of this program!!

Friday, August 04, 2006

I got it!!

Wednesday 2.Aug, I arrived at the Dulles airport in USA. This is the first time to come here. I was very excited since I was decided to join this program. The journey of the sky was so hard. I could not sleep at all. But once took off the air plain, I recovered because Nina, Kevin, Tim, Laura and Ji Won were there!! They are so kind and welcome warmly.
Then, my USA life begun...
Today is the third day. I cleated my blog!! Since today, I want to write my happy days in the USA.