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Chapter #8: 浜田市 (Hamada City)

島根県 (Shimane Prefecture) | Days: 19-23

島根大学 (The University of Shimane)

"It's just like the U.N!"

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"「ハリーさん、これは先生ですか?」"

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大田高等学校 (Oda High School)

"It's just like anime!"

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"I already miss my homestay family dearly. Thanks to them, I'm no longer a mere spectator of Japanese culture... I was truly part of it <3"

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My time in Shimane... Where do I even begin? I loved absolutely every moment of it. Which for those who know me, would find rather difficult to believe (myself included). There was something profoundly different about my experiences here. As I mentioned in a quote above, I truly did become part of a Japanese family and for a few blessed days, lived a real Japanese life.


大田小学校 (Oda Primary School)

"My Grade 3 Class has their lives together better than I ever will. They eat better too!"

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Of the many things I learned here some of the most amazing include just how independent the school children are and from such a young age! The kids in my grade three class were not only respectful, but responsible too! The teacher appeared to play a minor role in the organisation and running of the class with the kids themselves taking care of themselves. A prime example of this would be when the lunch bell rang and they began donning adorably hygienic chef-like clothing, fetching industrial catering gear, and then proceeding to serve one of the most delicious and nutritionally-balanced meals I had on tour. If that doesn't blow your mind, you should've seen them clean up and brush their teeth afterwards! I'm not even kidding when I say that I remain in complete awe to this very day having witnessed these kids with their lives together far better than I'll ever be able to. Truly inspiring.


I wish I could continue writing but I've blown my word-limit yet again.
Oh, what the hell...

I MISS SHIMANE, I MISS MY HOMESTAY FAMILY, I MISS MY GRADE THREE CLASS (WHO KIDNAPPED ME) AND PERHAPS MOST OF ALL, I MISS...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ei_pAGNOssA

Until next time,
- Harry

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Harry Smith-Luck
現在地:オーストラリア
3rd-year Australian University Student Bachelor of Biomedical Science Griffith University - School of Medicine Native Language: English Secondary Language: Basic Japanese Studying abroad with University's Japan Study Tour - 2015 First time visiting Japan from June 23rd -> July 27th

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