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A day in the life of a Ketchikan-Kanayama exchange student
by Devin Klose


April 13, 2005

When I went to Japan way back in 2002, I was so excited, I was awake at 4:30 am the day we left. We didn't arrive to Tokyo until 5:30 pm (technically the next day) and I barely slept a wink the entire trip. Let's say that this trip was one of, if not, the best experience of my life.

We rolled into Hida-Kanayama around 4 pm the next day. Everyone was waiting. We hung out in City Hall for about an hour, before heading out to our homestays houses. My homestay, Saori Ushimaru, was just as excited as me. When I got there, Jacob Alguire and I unpacked all of our stuff. (Jacob was over because his homestay was on a baseball trip.) After a while, we headed down to the patio-type-thing downstairs. There we were met by my "father", "brother", and "grandfather". They then proceded to feed me raw horse. I'm not kidding. They had raw horse sitting on the table. After enjoying a few bites, we exchanged gifts, grabbed some rice, and hit the hay.

That was just a day in the life of a Ketchikan-Kanayama exchange student. I know you'll be dissapointed when I tell you that I won't post my entire trip day by day here on Sitnews, but if anyone going to Japan this year has any questions or concerns about the trip, feel free to email me and I'd be very glad to answer them or just chat about the trip! I'm sure you guys will have the best time of your life over in Japan!

Devin Klose
Ketchikan, AK - USA


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