Going to Kakuda, Japan gives me a chance, which I would never have ever dreamed of. A chance to learn, and to visit other cities to learn more about the culture, history, and the future, first handed. I also want to live with families from Kakuda (or surrounding areas) to see what they do, everyday of their lives, and what it takes for them to live in Japan. Kakuda would offer me that very goal, a goal to explore, and learn constantly, more than ever, while allowing me to fulfill my mind with more information that I could ever believe was even possible.

Japan is an influential country, from the religions and beliefs to the technology and history of today. Most of this technology has come from this small, ocean lying island, almost halfway around the world, bringing over slim cellular phones, and many other items. Though Japan appears to be small, the population, is unbelievable, from millions of people living in one city, or mostly in or outlying the capital, Tokyo. Being able to see Japan up close, and personal, would give me a change to learn more about the country than I ever could, from beginning to end, through a lifetime of books.

Japan holds many different beliefs and religions from how the two deities, Izanaji, and Izanami created Japan, to the Shrine of Ise, and the Shrines of the Kami. I wish to learn about the Shinto Shrines, the way a tea ceremony truly is conducted, the way marital arts are preformed, and the education system. Shinto Shrines are very important from any point of view, because people pray, express customs, and pray to holiest of gods, which were dated back before I was born, or even able to comprehend.

I also want to learn how to speak the language more to provide more accurate pronunciation, and keep myself from making little mistakes, which could give the sentence or word, an entirely different meaning. I wish to see the scenery, from the mountains to just the buildings of an amazing country, while being able to learn about sections of the country, the way they were meant to be seen, through the eyes of the people, not the textbooks. I wish to meet the people who run the city/town and learn how they make it all fit together like puzzle pieces. Being able to accomplish one of those goals would serve in an unimaginable way beyond any kind of doubt.

The food has been adapted around the world, including sushi. Though there is a risk you can get food positioning from Japanese food, I would be willing to take that risk and to try new food, that you may not get any place else. I also would like to try many different types of food, learn how they are made, and what they take to make them. Learn what type of food is acceptable at different types of events, from school gatherings, to weddings.

A couple of years ago, I could have said I wanted to go to Japan just for manga (comics) or anime, and that would have been true, but now I cannot say the same thing. Anime and Manga are great entertainment, but now it's not the kind I want. Ever since I've started to learn the language and more about the history, I've wanted to visit and do more than managa and anime can give me. Japan isn't an everyday portion of life, its every second, many different beliefs rely on Japan, which is why its one of the most known places in the history of the world.

I yearn for the experience of an every day Japanese person, to see what they see in their own eyes, or what someone in school might experience. Japan offers many opportunities that you cannot receive in an American classroom, but only through the experience itself. The incessant history of Japan is more magnificent than I could ever imagine, never ceasing to amaze anyone or myself.