Reflecting over the past 6 weeks I spent in Japan.
I can honestly say that it was both a fantastic and
educational experience and a very special milestone in my
My main intention of experiencing the Japanese culture
and lifestyle, was achieved. However, I believe that I
couldn't have dane it without the assistance and support
of the Lions Clubs in both Australia and Japan, and also
the hospitality and kindness of host hamilies, the Noda's
and the Nakamura's.
The Lions Clubs in Japan made a big effort to make my
stay in Japan a memorable one.
I enjoy the many activities with the Lions Clubs, some of
which include; going to the kondaiyuzenen Kimono Factory,
Heian Shrine, Imperial Palace, Beer Suntory, Asahi Beer
Museum, Nishijin Textile Centre, skiing in Biwako,
bowling and the many parents, made Japan so much more
These events gave me the oppotunity to get a real taste
of Japan's culture and it also allowed me to make many
new friends from other countries.
This exchange opened up my eyes to the different cultures
and religions in the world.
The generousity of the Lions Club on all occasions will
always be remembered and appreciated.
My host families were both extremely kind, caring,
generous and most of all welcoming.
I felt very comfortable in their houses and as the time
went by and I began to fitin, I felt like part of the
family which was a special was a special feeling.
I did many memorable and fun things with my host
families, some of which include; visiting many temples
and shrines, learning Japanese water painting, taking
part in a tea ceremony, seeing the illumination in Kobe,
visiting the aquarium and imax theatre in Osaka, the deer
park in Nara, the New Years Day traditional family lunch,
watching Japanese sweet making, lots of souveneir
shopping, making sushi and baking a famous Australian
cookie, called Anzac cookies.
It was fascinating to learn about the different religions
and being Jewish I attempted to teach some of my beliefs.
The temple and shrines in Japan were beautiful and felt
very fortunate to be in them. I enjoyed trying the
Japanese cuisine and although at times it was hard
because of my different eating habits, I still enjoyed
the experience. I would like to thank my host family for
cooking specially for me, I can very grateful for that.
I strongly recommend this Youth Exchange as it gives a
person a fantastic oppotunity to experience the culture
of another country and meet many interesting people.
Each day in Japan was another new experience, my 6 weeks
was a box of memories and experiences.
I would like to thank the Lions Club for making it
possible, as well as my parents.
A very big thank-you to the Noda's and the Nakamura's who
I will always remember for their kindness and care for
I really appreciate your accepting me and looking after
me so well.
Finally, Japan is an amazing and beautiful
country, one that the Japanese people should be very