The Japanese language department hosted a wonderful event where anyone who wished to could come in and make some delicious onigiri with provided rice and seaweed. It wasn’t as good as the one I had in Tokyo, but mine came out pretty decent.
Japan is most certainly one of the best experiences of my life. It is quite eye-opening to experience another culture. Apart from good language practice, I got a lot of learning that occurs outside of the classroom with regards to culture and customs during my stay that I hope will serve me well with future studies abroad.
Culture shock isn’t really something you can overstate especially when traversing the divide between Eastern and Western culture. Japan is a country deeply enshrouded in tradition and respect making it quite the departure from my usual American life. It will take a lot to get used to Japanese culture.
I had not originally intended to learn Latin dance. However, my friends told me about the Latin dance ball and I would have been remiss were I to refuse. I ended up having a great night and learned a lot about dancing!
I kicked off the semester by going to the Japanese Club mingle. It was a great time to catch up with old friends, make new ones, and brush up on some Japanese.
Had an amazing time volunteering for the Vietnamese Lunar Moon Festival via the OU Asian American Student Association. It was great to be exposed to the Vietnamese culture as well as the Vietnamese population of Oklahoma City. Featured is Deputy Justin Deng of the Sheriff’s department, one of the many Vietnamese Americans of Oklahoma.
I am sure it is no coincidence that the Confucius Institute founded itself on Confucius’ birthday, but nonetheless it was a great experience to be had between classes. I learned much about different aspects of Chinese culture in the form of musical, visual, and culinary arts. After all, who could deny a free lunch?
I finally got to meet my OU cousin, Fumiya Kinoshita, at the matching party today! After the party he told me that he really wanted some pizza so I took him to hideaway out on Campus Corner. As it turns out, he had never tried hot wings before so I ordered a plate of buffalo wings with our pizza. After his first bite he got a strange look in his eye. I feared that he did not like it, but he turned to me and said “sorry, it’s just so good that I don’t know how to describe it without Japanese”. I look forward to us hanging out in the future!
Got to check out the first Japanese club tonight. I saw some familiar faces from Japanese class as well as Reid from the National Merit office. However, I also got to also seem some new faces. I met a transfer student who was in the same boat as I am with being in beginning Japanese and found out we have a lot of similar interests. I also became friends with an exchange student from Yamaguchi University staying at OU for this year. She and I talked a while about majors and interests which helped me get a bit of practice in my rudimentary Japanese. I look forward to future meetings
Attended an OU Cousins session to prepare for our matching day next week. I am so excited! I cant wait until next Thursday when we finally get paired up with our “cousins”. I look forward to hanging out with an international student and hopefully showing them a good time here at OU! I hope to get someone from Japan or Italy to be more specifically relevant to my linguistic and cultural interests, but I would be happy to have anyone to outstretch a friendly hand to.